Seven Lessons for Leading in Crisis

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-08-24
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass
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The unprecedented crisis that virtually every American institution is facing these days calls for strong leadership -- but what exactly is a leader to do? Recognized leader Bill George tells them specifically in this short, to the point, straight talking book. His Seven Lessons for Leading in Crisis are field tested and true - based on his own direct experiences as well as years of researching the actions of companies who have weathered storms and are weathering this one. They are: Lesson #1 Face Reality, Starting with Yourself, Lesson #2 No Matter How Bad Things Are, They Will Get Worse, Lesson #3 Build a Mountain of Cash, and Get to the Highest Hill, Lesson #4 Never Waste a Good Crisis, Lesson #5 Before Asking Others to Sacrifice, Volunteer Yourself, Lesson #6 Don't Be Atlas: Get the World Off Your Shoulders!, Lesson #7 Be Aggressive: This is Your Best Chance to Win in the Market. There are few leaders today that have the credibilty to be giving such advice: George is one of them. A former CEO of Medtronic, a current board member at Goldman Sachs, Exxon Mobil and Novartis as well as a professor of leadership at Harvard, he has been tested in the trenches and has his finger on the pulse of what is going on today.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
The Authorp. xiii
Forewordp. xv
Introduction The Ultimate Test of Leadershipp. 1
Face Reality, Starting with Yourselfp. 15
Don't Be Atlas; Get the World Off Your Shouldersp. 31
Dig Deep for the Root Causep. 47
Get Ready for the Long Haulp. 61
Never Waste a Good Crisisp. 75
You're in the Spotlight: Follow True Northp. 89
Go on Offense, Focus on Winning Nowp. 105
Conclusion Crisis May Be Your Defining Momentp. 121
Appendix Leaders Featured in 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisisp. 129
Referencesp. 133
Further Study of 7 Lessons For Leading in Crisisp. 139
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