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Firing Back: How Great Leaders Rebound After Career Disasters Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 8, 2007
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"...an excellent book...essential for leaders and aspiring leaders in all walks of life." -- The Financial Times, January 17, 2007
"A sophisticated self-help guide for the fallen chief executive" -- BusinessWeek, February 12, 2007
"Firing Back is full of wreckage and hard-fought redemption, sparing little detail and never going gooey." -- FORBES, March 12, 2007
...Firing Back should be read by anyone who has success on their agenda. -- Donald Trump
...insight valuable for anyone who wants to reach the top and stay there. -- Jim Cramer, Journalist, Host of CNBC's "Mad Money"
A stunning achievement. One of the best books on leadership I've read in a very long time. -- Warren Bennis, University Professor, University of Southern California and author of On Becoming a Leader
An insightful, compelling work filled with real-life examples of triumphs, failures and recoveries. -- Jamie Dimon, CEO JPMorgan Chase
Given that the average tenure for a chief executive has been steadily declining, the timing of the book could not be better. And for anyone else who has ever been fired, it is nice to know that F. Scott Fitzgerald got it wrong. Apparently, there are second acts in American (business) lives. -- The New York Times, February 4, 2007
I wish I'd written this book myself and surely recommend all aspiring leaders read it. -- Roger Enrico, Former Chairman and CEO, Pepsico --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
From the Back Cover
Is it possible to rescue your career and restore your reputation after a major professional setback? In an age rife with press accounts of disgraced CEO’s, politicians, and celebrities-as well as courageous but beleaguered whistle-blowers and victims of rivalries or envious colleagues and bosses-this question has grown more important than ever.
In Firing Back, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Andrew Ward answer the question with a resounding “Yes”. They go on to lay out a practical and important five-step process for actually recovering from setbacks. Following these steps will help guise you through difficult circumstances, rebuild your reputation, and chart a new future. The authors also explore strategies for surmounting common barriers to career recovery, including tricky corporate cultures ad psychological stresses.
Anchored in decades of research and scholarly studies across multiple fields, this book is packed with engrossing stories and firsthand accounts from humbled but restored CEOs and executives from firms as diverse as General Electric, the Home Depot, Morgan Stanley, Apple, Staples, and Hewlett-Packard.
Firing Back offers a clear plan for anyone who needs to recover from a career setback and reclaim lost prestige and reputation-whether the setback stemmed from his own actions or forces outside her control.
Learn more about this book at www.firingbackbook.com --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
It would be a disservice to Sonnenfeld and Ward as well as to those who read this brief commentary if I were to list the "lessons" and "steps" which are best revealed within the narrative of this remarkably thoughtful, eloquent, and practical book. Each is anchored in a real-world context. Each is relevant to anyone now embarked upon or preparing for a professional career. I mention this last point because some who consider purchasing this book may incorrectly assume that its material will be of greatest value only to senior-level executives. On the contrary, all of Sonnenfeld and Ward's observations and recommendations can be of substantial benefit to anyone who wishes to (a) avoid "a devastating professional setback" or (b) recover from one.Read more ›
has had a profound impact on how I dealt with a recent set back. I realize
now, that I have a choice - even in defeat. The advice is practical and
quickly changed how I viewed my situation. I now know I'm not alone and am
excited about my new path of 'Firing Back'.
1) A senior manager is ousted from his job.
2) He's reeling from the sense of injustice; "how could they do this to me?"
3) He broods a bit and eventually takes some time to get his mojo back.
4) He takes a new job, and proceeds to "consolidate departments" and "bring efficiencies" to "non-competitive divisions" (i.e. begin the layoffs).
In other words, an executive is "unjustly" fired, and the author celebrates those who join a different company and proceed to "justly" fire hundreds or thousands of other humans.
The author doesn't bother to discuss why what's unjust for the protagonist isn't unjust for his next set of victims. The author carefully chooses language like "efficiencies" and "improvements" to convey the terrifying actions of his heroic executives, actions like layoffs that result in lost homes and broken lives for thousands of others. The author's use of language excludes the descriptions of human suffering that are inflicted on loyal workers, and instead portrays the actions only by the results to the bottom line. In other words, as long as the corporate balance sheet is improved, the executive is successful. The suffering of others is an 'externality' (using the language of economics).
These aren't stories about how an executive figured out the injustice of bureaucratic hierarchies because he felt it's unfairness first hand. No, these are stories of people who are truly believers in the "eat or be eaten" world of senior management. These are stories of shark people, constantly swimming and looking for prey, yet personally wounded when others make them prey.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book with good insights about how to handle set-backs in career. Excellent examples and good narrative on the thoughts, feelings and planning to manage.Published on November 24, 2013 by J. Churchill
There are interesting stories about CEOs who've come back from the brink, but there isn't much utility in the stories. Read morePublished on November 23, 2013 by Robert Keenan
Those who undergo a career setback face difficult issues including low confidence, damaged reputation, and bewilderment about where to start over. Read morePublished on January 11, 2012 by Darkhorse86
A must have for any executive that during these turbulent times has been laid off. Also invaluable reading for head hunters advising displaced executivesPublished on August 9, 2009 by Hugo Caviedes Mondragon
it is a good narration, and make some examples of the top rebound but nothing special. It is a little job market news with a little ovious HR market practicesPublished on December 3, 2008 by Kindle Customer
I just finished reading this book, and though it could be improved on, it's unique and helpful. At times the authors try to stress how helpful the experiences of CEOs are to us... Read morePublished on July 10, 2008 by Medvlst
I am very pleased to be able to recommend this excellent book. I am an admitted fan of Dr. Sonnenfeld, and both loved and recommended his earlier work on CEO's, "The Hero's... Read morePublished on July 4, 2008 by Michael Feder
F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, "There are no second acts in American lives." Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Andrew Ward disagree. Read morePublished on March 20, 2008 by Rolf Dobelli
A profound study of CEO career setbacks and comebacks. As we are all CEOs of our own lives, there is no one who wouldn't profit from a close read, and re-read, of this excellent... Read morePublished on September 21, 2007 by John A. Sarkett