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No Fear of Failure: Real Stories of How Leaders Deal with Risk and Change Hardcover – May 3, 2011
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—Ali Velshi, chief business correspondent and weekday host, CNN
What if you could have a conversation about what it takes to succeed with the richest man in the world, or the former president of a sovereign nation, or the mayor of one of the most influential cities in the world, or the CEO of one of the most recognized brands on the planet?
No Fear of Failure offers insightful, candid conversations with some of world's top leaders in business, politics, education, and philanthropy—each giving personal insight into how he or she approached pivotal, career-defining moments. Gary Burnison, CEO of Korn/Ferry International, sits down one-on-one with a highly select and elite corps, and together they openly discuss how they handled—often very publicly—war, economic downturn, corporate turnover, and even retirement. Together, Burnison and these world-class leaders show the personal and professional risks one must be willing to take, as well as the vision, resilience, and compassion necessary to lead.
New York City's Mayor Bloomberg gives subordinates authority and responsibility, and Carlos Slim, the world's richest man, shows the importance of an entrepreneurial spirit. Vicente Fox, former president of Mexico, offers a case for humility and courage in leadership, and Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo, speaks openly to the need for clear purpose. Eli Broad, philanthropist, reveals his competitive drive, and GeneralFranklin "Buster" Hagenbeck, the retired superintendent of West Point and three-star general, talks about why losing is not an option. Coach John McKissick (with the most wins of any coach in football) explains that the way to achieve big goals is by scoring one win at a time, and Anne Mulcahy, former CEO of Xerox, shows how to hand over the reins to ensure a smooth leadership transition. Drew Gilpin Faust, the first female president of Harvard, speaks candidly to having to protect the university's endowment during an unprecedented economic downturn. Liu Chuanzhi, founder of Lenovo in China, andOlli-Pekka Kallasvuo, former CEO of Nokia, discuss perseverance and courage; and Daniel Vasella, chairman of Novartis, opens up about self-awareness.
Taking readers into executive suites, government offices, battlefields, and football fields, No Fear of Failure shows how great leaders make lasting impact.
From the Back Cover
—Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business, University of Southern California; author, Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership
"No Fear of Failure offers riveting insight on leaders who lead by example, who recognize the importance of trust, and who understand that leadership is about earning the right to have others put their trust in you and then live up to that responsibility every day. It's a powerful book that provides insightful inspiration to any leader."
—Tim Flynn, global chairman, KPMG
"Gary Burnison has assembled an all-star cast to explore what it takes to be a leader today. As the profiled leaders attest, having 'no fear of failure' allows leaders to move forward knowing that they will not always win, with the understanding that the real victory is in the lessons learned from all experiences, positive and negative."
—Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr., former chairman and CEO, Baxter International; author, From Values to Action
- 3:34Stories from renowned leaders: Daniel Vasella
- 1:04Stories from renowned leaders: Franklin Hagenbeck
- 1:48Stories from renowned leaders: Eli Broad
- 2:42Stories from renowned leaders: Drew Gilpin
- 2:00Stories from renowned leaders: Carlos Slim
- 1:50Stories from renowned leaders: Indra Nooyi
- 2:19Stories from renowned leaders: Michael Bloomberg
- 2:21Stories from renowned leaders: Vicente Fox
- 4:54Stories from renowned leaders: Anne Mulcahy
More About the Author
Under his strategy, Mr. Burnison spearheads the Firm's transformation as a diversified human capital organization. He brings hands-on experience to his current position, having served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Korn/Ferry from 2003-2007. Mr. Burnison joined Korn/Ferry as Chief Financial Officer in 2002.
Prior to Korn/Ferry, he was principal and chief financial officer of Guidance Solutions, a privately held consulting firm developing and supporting technology solutions, from 1999 to 2001.
Before Guidance Solutions, Mr. Burnison served as a senior executive officer and director of Jefferies & Company, Inc., the principal operating subsidiary of Jeffries Group, Inc., where he worked from 1995 to 1999. Earlier, he served as partner at KPMG Peat Marwick from 1984 to 1995.
In 2011, Mr. Burnison published No Fear of Failure: Real Stories of How Leaders Deal with Risk and Change - a book offering insightful conversations with some of the world's top leaders in business, politics, education, and philanthropy. He is also a regular contributor to CNBC, CNN, Fox Business and other international news outlets.
He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Southern California.