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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118000781
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118000786
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"No Fear of Failure whisks readers into the executive suites, boardrooms, battlefields, and football fields—all the places where great leadership is imperative. It's a must-read for any executive, in a climate when leadership has never been needed more."
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.

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"With brilliance and clarity drawn from first-hand experience with some of the world's most celebrated leaders, Gary Burnison has written one of the most important and useful books for 21st century leaders. It will soon be referred to as 'The Global Guide to Successful Leadership'."
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


More About the Author

Gary D. Burnison is Chief Executive Officer of Korn/Ferry International, the worldwide leader in executive recruitment and a premier provider of talent management solutions, assisting global organizations to achieve extraordinary outcomes through talent. Korn/Ferry employs more than 2,500 people in 40 countries. He is also a member of the Firm's Board of Directors.

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.

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27 of 37 people found the following review helpful By C. Tse on September 26, 2011
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I greatly appreciate other readers' true and honest reviews on the books they read, and that's why I am particular upset when someone abuses the review system to give an artificial high rating. There are 8 reviews on this book (excluding mine), and ALL of them are given on either May 8th or May 9th, and ALL of them are from new reviewers who have never given a review whatsoever (and not another one ever since), and ALL of them gave this book a 5-star rating. Isn't that a little too obvious? Stop this kind of abuse!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rick Marcello on August 25, 2013
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This is a great book which details the story of several leaders and how they managed their enterprises. One example is mayor Mike Bloomberg of New York City, my stomping grounds. It tells of his rise as an businessman and eventually his work as mayor. Each leader gives practical advice based on their experience on how to succeed with out fear of failure.
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