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  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Phillip Van Saun an Imprint of Telemachus Press (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938135601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938135606
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,788,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book in my view is a must have tool if you are serious about change management.
Leon Richards
The book discusses crisis-related failures and offers insight and useful information to make organizations and businesses more crisis-resilient.
Andrea Colbs
I cannot stress the need but just to advise that it is wise to read the book and every organization should attempt to own a copy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Colbs on August 15, 2012
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Phillip Van Saun summarizes years of crisis management experience in a format that can be easily studied and applied to various situations and industries. It not only illustrates the importance of planning for risk mitigation and crisis management, but also provides the reader with comprehensive and practical tools to do so. The book discusses crisis-related failures and offers insight and useful information to make organizations and businesses more crisis-resilient. Furthermore, it includes checklist-based tools and steps which are practical in both an academic setting and in the field for crisis gaming or needs assessments.
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In this book, Phillip Van Saun provides tools that you can apply to any situation – at home or at work. Whether you are looking at crisis factors on a macro or micro level, this is the book to read. It offers methods and techniques that have clearly have been tested and proven over time in many real world situations. Elsa Lee
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The concepts and views ring true. A welcomed perspective when you don't have a lot of R&D time for yourself.
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His book offers valuable opportunities to learn from the mistakes of others - lessons that most prefer to learn from a distance when possible. For those who have already learned these lessons first-hand, the book helps us remember, analyze, reflect, and prepare before similar circumstances occur again. Finally, for those who like big picture explanations along with detailed or step-by-step tools, both are in the book. I believe this is an especially good book for people close to policy and program management. It offers a chance to walk in someone else's shoes before having to run in your own.
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Some books makes for a good read, some have very good information. This book in my view is a must have tool if you are serious about change management.
After my four weeks experience with the book I found myself addicted to it, as a reference tools.
I also believe that I should give thanks to God for have being able to enjoy the gift of two at the price of one.
I was lectured to by the author of this book, on the said topics. What better combination could I have gotten from the MBA program at St. George's University.
A life changing experience in deed.
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One thing that seems to be consistent in American leadership, whether in academia or politics, is that it often times takes some type of disaster - whether manmade or natural, to wake us up. Spending my entire career in law enforcement I have been at the epicenter of everything from major earthquakes to commercial airline crashes to urban riots and mass shootings. "Failure Is An Option" is one of the most practical, teachable guides to handling disasters that I have come across in my 30 years of law enforcement and 20 years of teaching crises management.
Dr. Barry Q. Brooks
(LAPD Retired)
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Philip Van Saun has captured the essence of strategic planning, crisis management, and organizational success by encouraging the reader to focus on realistic outcomes and expectations. "Failure is an Option" is not a book on how to make excuses for defeats but gives training on being prepared for any scenario. What all decision makers in the military, emergency management, or even business corporations need is "ground truth" and advisers who have the courage to advocate losses in order to persevere through disasters. This book has empowered me to engage in major strategic planning on the senior staff level and should be including in all academic management curriculum.
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It's doubtful there's anyone in the US who knows more about crisis communications that Phillip Van Saun, and this book is a must-own for anyone charged with managing these complex situations. It's detailed yet easy-to-follow, exhaustive yet not overwhelming.
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