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RICHARD LEVICK, ESQ. is the President & CEO of Levick Strategic Communications, which represents countries and companies in the highest-stakes global crises and litigation. His firm has directed media strategies on Guantanamo Bay; the Catholic Church; the Wall Street crisis; major recalls; and the largest environmental, regulatory, corruption, and merger matters in the world. Twice honored on the prestigious list of The Most Influential People in the Boardroom, Mr. Levick has been named to multiple professional Halls of Fame for lifetime achievement. He and his firm have received top honors and awards for Crisis, Litigation, Investor Relations, Public Relations and Food Crisis communications, among others. CHARLES SLACK is an award-winning business journalist and author of several previous books. Hetty: The Genius and Madness of America s First Female Tycoon, was awarded the 2005 Connecticut State Book Award for Biography and the Elle Magazine Reader Prize for Biography, and is in development for film by Edward Pressman, producer of Wall Street. Noble Obsession was named one of the 25 best Books to Remember for 2002 by the New York Public Library. Blue Fairways was a finalist for the 2000 USGA International Book Award. Mr. Slack writes and edits for some of the nation s largest business firms. His mainstream business journalism has appeared in Esquire, Reader s Digest, Fortune Small Business, and other publications.

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  • Hardcover: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Watershed Press; 1 edition (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975998536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975998533
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 3, 2010
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The day to day grind can be done without saying much. It's when the machine stops working well where the great leaders emerge. "The Communicators: Leadership in the Age of Crisis" is an inspirational business read from Richard S. Levick as he provides advice and wisdom from the great leaders in business who have taken a down period and turned it into truly something special for their people. With a foreword from billionaire Steve Forbes, "The Communicators" is a choice pick for anyone who wants to call themselves a leader in business.
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Written by Richard Levick with Charles Slack, this is definitely not an "easy read" but, that said, it generously rewards those who read it with appropriate care and especially, those who then re-read it, as I did. Levick organizes his material within nine clusters of "rules," each cluster serving as a theme or dimension of leadership. Each of the 40 "rules" is an obvious point of emphasis or affirmation. For example, "Leadership is visible motion" (#4), "Exercise good faith management" (#8), "Knowledge is power" (#18), or "When facts don''t natter, forget the facts" (#35). Merely listing several by no means diminishes their value. There are reasons why aphorisms, bromides, etc. endure for centuries: they concisely express an essential truth. Levick anchors each in a modern context.

He frames the clusters and their respective "rules" within a framework that presupposes the inevitability of a crisis. I agree with him that able leaders respond effectively to a crisis; great leaders either avoid crises or take full advantage of them to unleash new opportunities. (In The Art of War, Sun Tzu says that the greatest leader is he who has the wisdom and temperament to avoid a battle. He also said that every battle is won or lost before it is fought. Anticipate and prepare for everything.) I commend Levick on his brilliant use of real-world situations that illustrate the wisdom of various rules that serve as insights, guidelines, and (with modification) as strategies or tactics. A few of his exemplars were familiar to me; most were not. There are valuable lessons to be learned from them.

With regard to the title, great leaders throughout history demonstrated their skills as a communicator when confronted by crises of immeasurable peril.
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This is an exceptional book in all ways. Richard Levick and Charlie Stack are erudite without being pedantic; they choose your words carefully and with precise intent; they take on the task of writing a collection of lessons--a format that can go wrong quickly--with careful organization and the setting of the stage so vital to books written in this format.

Richard draws from a wealth of experience in assisting some of the largest organizations in the world (BP Oil, the Catholic Church) manage through times of severe crisis. He has seen which communication strategies work in these situations, and which doom the client to failure. The lessons I learned reading this book will stick with me for the rest of my life. I won't attempt to recount them all here, but surprisingly enough they all revolve around a core system of belief that stresses something we all learn as children: The Golden Rule. Treat others as you would be treated; keep others informed as you would want to be informed; speak to others as you would wish to be spoken to--these are the fundamental lessons that The Communicators teaches so eloquently and so well.

Were our leaders today guided in their daily decision making by the eleven words that comprise The Golden Rule, we would live in a world filled with honest and profitable companies, with political systems that effectively express the will of the governed, and with citizens who feel empowered, and not enslaved, by their daily toil.

The Communicators is nothing less than a road map to that world, and many thanks to Richard and Charlie for writing it. I will be presenting copies of this book to many of my friends and fellow board members. Wisdom this deep needs to be spread and shared.
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