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Comebacks: Powerful Lessons from Leaders Who Endured Setbacks and Recaptured Success on Their Terms Hardcover – 2010
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Comebacks features an all-star cast of ten business leaders who have endured career setbacksfor some a public fall in the midst of extreme media scrutinythen reassessed and moved ahead with new purpose. Based on revealing interviews, the profiles in the book provide a behind-the-headlines glimpse into the lives of seasoned leaders, showing how they drew upon resources, both internal and external, to navigate their way forward and to learn leadership and life lessons that allowed them to redefine success. Together, the ten profiles reveal that all leaders face adversity, but true leaders turn adversity into successand redefine success through their leadership. High-profile leaders featured include:
Jamie Dimon, renowned chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase who, at the peak of his career with Citigroup, was fired as president.
Former HP chair Patricia Dunn who, after a corporate espionage scandal hit the company, resigned as chairman and then faced felony charges while battling cancer. Completely exonerated, she is now active in philanthropic work.
Former Baxter International CEO Harry Kraemer who, after twenty-two years at the pharmaceutical firm, had to step down after the company scaled back its earnings forecasts. He is now a highly regarded business professor at Northwestern University and an executive partner in a private equity firm.
Former Ford Motor Company CEO Jacques Nasser who, forced to resign from the automaker after devoting years to the company, has recently assumed the prestigious position of chairman of BHP Billiton, the world's largest natural resources company.
Former founder and CEO of JetBlue David Neeleman who, asked to step down after a series of weather-related delays in 2007 caused an uproar among passengers and consumers, has moved on to found a new airline in Brazil.
In turbulent economic times, when careers are derailed by layoffs and leaders are forced to rewrite their professional plans, Comebacks offers introspection that enlightens as well as uplifts. Honest and soul-searching, the stories in Comebacks will resonate with anyone who is experiencing a reversal, is disillusioned by career choices, or is exploring new paths that are better aligned with their values and priorities.
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"Andrea Redmond and Patricia Crisafulli have brilliantly captured the inside story of ten outstanding executives facing severe setbacks and how they recovered to go on to future success. The authors provide deep insights of the impact of losing your way, yet having the resilience to bounce back."Bill George, professor of management practice, Harvard Business School and bestselling author, True North and Seven Lessons for Leading in Crisis
"Comebacks addresses a topic no one really wants to discuss: how to deal with failure and setbacks. The real stories and practical advice from those who have taken their tumbles from a public pedestal will resonate with leaders, but there are important and profound lessons for everyone. I wish I had this book earlier in my career!"Russell Fradin, chairman and CEO, Hewitt Associates
"Chronicling some of the highest profile executive downfalls of the modern era, Redmond and Crisafulli's Comebacks richly reaffirms the value of private resilience and personal networks for overcoming a career catastrophe. Here are the wrenching accounts of those who suffered the great falland how they recovered to lead another way."Michael Useem, professor of management and director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
"Comebacks offers outstanding insights into the personal lives of leaders whose resilience turns public failure into private success. The lessons of resilience from these renowned individuals apply to each of us who takes risks, pushes limits, and creates a future. We all need to 'come back' from disappointment and this book offers us hope and a means of doing so."Dave Ulrich, professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and partner, The RBL Group
"Comebacks offers a rare, intimate, and honest look into the lives of leaders who have faced adversity and turned it into an opportunity for personal transformation. Anyone seeking to create a 'second act' after experiencing tough challenges will find in this book the insights and inspiration to go from setback to comeback."Dipak C. Jain, the Sandy and Morton Goldman Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies and former dean of the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
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Redmond has a reputation for being a top executive recruiter in no small part due to the genuine, honest, and intensely personal way she handles every relationship in both her professional and private life. As a result, many of the men and women she encountered in her professional life have become close friends in her private life. The very high profile Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase and Patty Dunn, former CEO of Barclay's and board chairman of Hewlett Packard are just two examples. In Comebacks, Redmond and Crisafulli revisit Dimon, Dunn and other current and former CEOs as they relate the events leading up to their "fall from grace" and the journey each took to find success on a different level.
What sets this book apart from the majority of "business books" is the obvious personal relationship between Redmond and the executives she interviews. The result is a frank and fascinating look into each executive's rise and fall.
Comebacks is a must read for anyone who wonders how to succeed in business as well as how to cope when things don't work out the way we planned.
Some of the people interviewed included:
1) David Neeleman: Former founder and CEO of JetBlue
2) David Pottruck: Former CEO of Charles Schwab & Co.
3)Patricia Dunn: Former HP chair
4) Christopher Galvin: Former CEO of Motorola, Inc.
5) Herbert "Pug" Winokur: Former board member for Enron Corp.
6) Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr.: Former Baxter International CEO
7) Jacques "Jac" Nasser: Former Ford Motor Company CEO
8) Durk Jager: Former Chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble Co.
9) Jamie Dimon: Former president of Citigroup
10) Dale Dawson: Former CEO of Truckpro, L.P. and head of investment banking for Stephens, Inc.
What I gained from the book is that the ability to bounce back from setback is one of the greatest abilities that anyone can have.
Success in adversity also comes from being extremely self aware.
Often, senior executives are undone due to politics.
It often takes time to regain success after being knocked off of course.
A couple of quotations from the books:
"No matter how bleak or terrible things look, or whatever the perceptions are, there is life after what you experience or what you have gone through. It is not necessarily apparent at that period of time"
"No matter how successful you are, there are always setbacks. Success in life demands the ability to bounce back"
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The stories all provide take-always that are educational, inspiring, and encouraging for people of all walks of life. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Jim Jones