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5.0 out of 5 stars Comebacks: One Powerful Book!!!!, April 20, 2010
This review is from: Comebacks: Powerful Lessons from Leaders Who Endured Setbacks and Recaptured Success on Their Terms (Hardcover)
Comebacks relates the personal account of current and former highly placed corporate executives, many of whom the author recruited for the CEO position they unexpectedly found themselves losing. As senior partner and co-head of the CEO/ board services practice of a highly regarded global executive search firm, Andrea Redmond rose to the top of her field by skillfully placing CEO candidates at the helm of Fortune 100 companies such as Bank One (now JPMorgan Chase), United Airlines, and Hewlett Packard. Redmond and Crisafulli draw on this experience as they relate each executive's story in a manner that is informative, sensitive and insightful.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great way to build yourself back up., November 25, 2011
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This review is from: Comebacks: Powerful Lessons from Leaders Who Endured Setbacks and Recaptured Success on Their Terms (Hardcover)
This book is light and easy to read which is great if you find yourself on the bottom of the ladder. I read this book on a weekly basis, literally reading 1 or maximum 2 chapters a week, just to enjoy it and the stories so that I can comeback with logic and also realize how other people handled their situations. It does not go into a lot of depth which is actually a good thing at a time of uncertainty. Just finished this book, i'm looking for another book similar to this one to continue the momentum. Ill keep this one in my library, maybe I can help someone one day by giving them this book. Thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons for a Small Company CEO, March 30, 2011
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M. Carruthers (Northern California) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Comebacks: Powerful Lessons from Leaders Who Endured Setbacks and Recaptured Success on Their Terms (Hardcover)
This book takes us into the world of the high-powered executive, offering a view that many of us rarely have of this high-flying group. However, there are some very important lessons for any chief executive to take away. Chapter 6 resonated with me and provided some good lessons for a smaller company CEO. Kraemer's philosophy of self reflection, humility, a balanced life, values-based leadership and true self-confidence are scalable for any organization. Thanks Tricia and Andrea for providing this valuable insight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Encouraging!, October 8, 2014
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The stories all provide take-always that are educational, inspiring, and encouraging for people of all walks of life. I thought the authors did a great job showing the events of each leader's life and drawing out their passions and regrets. I will continue to recommend this book to friends. Jim from Richmond, TX
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comebacks: A Review, June 1, 2010
This review is from: Comebacks: Powerful Lessons from Leaders Who Endured Setbacks and Recaptured Success on Their Terms (Hardcover)
This is the story of 10 different senior executives who rose to power, fame and reputation and then were abruptly terminated or some major catastrophe happened and they were pushed aside. The book deals with their trials and tribulations.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Combacks, May 28, 2010
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Erwin Marks (Chicago, IL USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Comebacks: Powerful Lessons from Leaders Who Endured Setbacks and Recaptured Success on Their Terms (Hardcover)
Comebacks is truly a remarkable book because Redmond and Crisafulli were able to get behind the media masks which typically cover the real reasons for failures and successes of top CEO's who lose their jobs. The authors were able to get the real stories directly from the horses mouths.
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