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The Instant Survivor: Right Ways to Respond When Things Go Wrong Hardcover – February 22, 2012

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About the Author

What began as a knack for helping friends, family members, and classmates through personal struggles has grown into a lifelong career for Jim Moorhead, America's crisis advisor. Jim's humanity and passion for showing others how to confidently navigate through difficult situations is nothing short of remarkable.

Jim underwent his own personal crisis when he lost a statewide race that would have launched his political career. A few years later he accepted an extremely promising job, but the dot-com bust drove him even deeper into crisis. Drawing from a career spent helping corporations overcome large-scale upheavals, Jim developed a simple, actionable four-step system to help himself and others clear the types of professional and personal hurdles that many individuals encounter during their lives.

A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Law School, Jim has coached hundreds of employees, business leaders, and political candidates on how to confront and conquer professional and personal disasters. An inspiring speaker as well as a respected crisis adviser, Jim regularly provides commentary on business and legal crises and has appeared on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, Court TV, and America's Talking.

Jim's work history as a reporter, investment banker, federal prosecutor, and political candidate gives him a breadth of experience that enables him to tailor his crisis management advice to individuals in all fields. He is currently a partner at a major Washington, DC, law firm, where he cofounded and cochairs the company's crisis management practice. With The Instant Survivor: Right Ways to Respond When Things Go Wrong, Jim has written the book on personal and professional crisis management and has become one of the country's most sought-after crisis management speakers.

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"The Instant Survivor will revolutionize the workplace by teaching employees
how to move past the personal and professional crises that hold them back."
--Stefan Swanepoel New York Times Bestseller, Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills t (02/22/2012)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press (February 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608322440
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608322442
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have never written a review before, but I feel compelled to tell people to read this book. I know its silly to think Moorehead wrote the book for me, but Its simple, practical message, its wonderfully clear step by step tips for dealing with a crisis, its anecdotes and numerous examples, resonated in a way that made me wonder if the author had been peeking in my window. For me, Step Three on "Standing Tall" particularly resonated in such a simple way that I hate to use the word profound, but I have to: It was profoundly helpful. I know that others will have the same reaction: "The Instant Survivor" was written just for you. Read it, because it will help.
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I just read this book and I am so impressed! First, Jim Moorhead is a fantastic writer and he uses a lot of examples and storytelling techniques, so the material is never dry. But most importantly, he walks us through exactly how to weather and survive any type of life crisis based on his own experiences of overcoming his own major crises (and helping large companies do the same). This is an incredible resource for anyone who needs a bouy and a rescue-boat in a major life storm. Grab this book whether you need it now or not--we all face crises unexpectedly and this will be a key resource to have on the shelf when trouble hits.
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Jim Moorhead, noted crisis consultant and expert, has put his knowledge into a little book appropriate to individuals and organizational managers. It is not technical book for particular disasters (hurricane disruption, terror threats and the like), but a reasonable primer outlining how individuals can take control of their lives and work when under crisis and stress. Frankly, Moorhead presents his material well and provides a valuable service to readers as well. His writing certainly makes key points and action steps readily available everyone. Essentially a proactive approach, Moorhead offers four aspects of meeting hard and soft disruptions; (1) stay frosty - remain calm, emotionally detached, (2) secure support - tap into your network, (3) stand tall - take charge of your situation, and (4) save for the future - prepare for post crisis success. I found sections on maintaining your brand and communicating with trusted persons around you very helpful. There is no doubt that each reader will come away with help which is very personal. Turn some pages and see what you think.
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A quote from author Jim Moorhead's book states my comment best, "Control the crisis, not visa versa." This book is definitely a keeper!
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The Instant Survivor is a must read. The book contains seemingly simple but profoundly effective ideas. I read it with the cynicism that many people have who are reasonably adept at dealing with their problems. Having an OK track record made seeking outside help, especially before the fact, seem unlikely to be productive. I was wrong. Jim Moorhead has conceived of a system though which you can survive serious problems, a structure upon which you can respond to crises - personal and professional alike. The Instant Survivor is a professional road map to get you through tough times no matter where you're coming from. It will not make you a better person - it will make you a more successful person by equipping you to respond to crises more successfully. The results will certainly speak for themselves. The Instant Survivor is now required reading for the people I care about. It should be an essential element in everyone's toolbox.
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Jim Moorhead and the "Instant Survivor" is much more than learning how to handle a business crisis. Jim has a way of explaining items clearly and simply in such a manner that the reader can apply it to every aspect of their life. Jim draws his understanding from being a great listener and wonderful instructor; always patient and able to see many points of view. This book will be one that is re-read for many years to come.
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This is an extremely important book for anyone, but particularly those in businesses or occupations that deal with a lot of change and risk. I read it after going through the closure of a franchise business, and it helped me tremendously. I consider it one if the top 10 books in my library - I'll recommend it, but no one borrows my copy!
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The Instant Survivor is a book that I wish existed on July 5th 2010. That's the day I lost my mom, brother and sister-in-law in a plane crash. I stumbled my way through grief, as if under water, for more than a year. As I read it now, I can clearly see how having a plan, a system, to make your way through a crisis could have made a profound difference - not just in the speed with which I would have bounced back, but in how you I chose to interpret and frame my life going forward. Better late than never though!

The author compellingly guides the reader through a comprehensive, but by no means overwhelming, system for facing whatever challenge you have and emerging out the other side stronger, better. He peppers each stage with real-life stories of celebrities, business stars, and "normal folks" too, which pull you in and illustrate his points beautifully. They keep the pace quick and ensure key points stick.

I particularly loved the survivor questions and the workshops built into each chapter of the book. I scribbled away in my notebook as I read and felt empowered and refreshed by the end of the book. Far from just a book for business crises, it's a must-have step-by-step guide to navigating any tough spot in life - a resource you'll turn to again and again I'm sure.
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