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Full Circle: A memoir of leaning in too far and the journey back Paperback – March 20, 2016
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"Callan wrote her book, Full Circle: A Memoir of Leaning In Too Far and the Journey Back, to try to share the lessons she learned--painfully and publicly--about the dangers of prioritizing one's career... While the cautionary work-life balance angle of the book is powerful, Callan's memoir will also serve as an important part of the historical record of what went wrong at Lehman and on Wall Street in general. It offers a case study of the sort of overachiever personality that thrives in finance, which carried Callan to the top of the industry." - Bloomberg Business
"Former Lehman Brothers CFO Erin Montella's new memoir offers a unique perspective of the events that led to the financial crisis." - Wall Street Journal
"As someone who was named to Lehman's executive committee at the end of 2007, and thrust into the middle of the bank's demise almost immediately, Callan had remarkable proximity to one of the biggest financial collapses in modern history. Full Circle, in parts, delivers the juice some readers are likely coveting... But dredging up Lehman dirt is not Callan's main focus in Full Circle... In fact, the book actually reads as something of a love story. It is an ode to a man she calls her savior and hero, Anthony Montella, a retired firefighter... From the title onward, Full Circle is about Callan's pointed decision to lean out. It is a choice that seems to have brought Callan much peace and happiness, and anyone who reads the book feels a sense of relief that she climbed out of her own darkness to get there." - Vanity Fair
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Set against the backdrop of the dramatic circumstances at Lehman Brothers in 2008, Erin discloses her own struggle as events spiraled out of control. Ultimately, her resignation from her executive role prior to the Lehman bankruptcy resulted in a devastating personal crisis as her career crumbled revealing no foundation beneath it. We learn of the journey back to change her life with a semblance of present day peace and happiness. Full Circle provides a unique inside and emotional perspective of the sacrifices Erin made to achieve extreme career success and the self-awareness required to return to being the fundamentally grounded person she was as a child.
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As an aside on the issue of accountability, Callan's book is fairly transparent about her minor role in creating and managing Lehman's balance sheet. Wall Street CEO's and boards and our political "leaders" are accountable for the crisis, not mid-level execs promoted into scapegoat positions.
Erin, I am happy you have found peace in your life and you have a happy ending! Congratulations, God only knows you went through hell and back and deserve to have YOUR story told.
Having been with the firm for over 20+ years I enjoyed reading your story which was funny at times and brutally honest. It is a shame that Lehman was the sacrificial lamb for the rest of Wall Street. Lehman was truly an incredible firm with some of the most brilliant minds and special people I had the pleasure to work with including yourself. I could relate on so many fronts and yes there is Life After Lehman!
Thank you Erin for putting a human element to the hard work & commitment the staff put into their work, there. And most of all, thank you for expressing the evolution that so many go through, trying to be successful before we all really understand what "success" really is. The photo cover of your book says it all. The pages inside are heartfelt and honest.
To the readers - buy it, read it, and contemplate it. Then go out and enjoy life's gifts.
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Full of incite and very honest appraisal of what was going on.Published 2 hours ago by Leslie L R M
A++++++. A great book, that discusses and addresses the realities of doing everything for the career goal, at the expense of real life. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Ann C. Oswald
An astoundingly eloquent, introspective, honest, and insightful memoir. AWESOME.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK. I could not put it down. I highly recommend this book to any career oriented person. It helps to bring perspective to our busy lives.Published 26 days ago by Missy
Excellent everything I thought it would be. She held back on the technical credit issues but I expected that.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
I am looking for memoirs that make me interested in reading them as I am considering trying to write one. I did not find this one engaging. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Steel Magnolia