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Failure Is An Option: A Primer and Guide for Managing Crises Paperback – April 24, 2012

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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: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,469,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's rare to get a straightforward book from someone who's actually speaking from the hot seat. Van Saun brings his incredible experience to the page in an insightful and succinct manner, providing insights for any manager or leader to step up when adversity strikes. His experience as director of risk, security and resilience for the University of California Office of the President also add demonstrable weight to his perspective.
Because this is a 'how-to' book, the author has included an assortment of tools and checklists for use by any organisation to kick-start their crisis management preparations.

-Russell Boon [...]
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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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If you find yourself in a crisis management, emergency management, or business continuity profession you should read this book and keep it close for continued reference. It is a one stop, how to handle any emergency roadmap. If you take the position that you will know what to do when confronted by an emergency/crisis you are pretty much guaranteeing a less than acceptable outcome. Preparation well in advance with constant updating and practice is the best way to insure a successful outcome. This book provides the tools to successfully manage anything that may come your way. Read it, embrace the lessons, and it still will not be easy to respond to an event but in the end your results will be far better than if you had not read this book.
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I had the honor of being Mr. Van Saun's classmate at the Kennedy School of Government and he proved himself to be very astute at being able to present his thoughts in a clear and precise manner. His book Failure Is An Option, takes his practical experience and clasroom learning farther and presents a "tip of the spear" playbook on how to fully engage with crises whenver and wherever they arise. His book is an easy, quick read and the checklists he offers can be tailored to each situation, whether public or private sector borne. Thank you Philip for ofering such real and actionable guidance on how best to prepare for crisis.
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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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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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