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Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership, and the Olympic Games Hardcover – June 15, 2004
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From the Inside Flap
Sullied by scandal, on the brink of financial disaster, and with federal investigators, bankers, and the press at its door, the Salt Lake Organizing Committee's senior managers admitted the organization was paralyzed.
But Romney had too much American patriotism to let it become a catastrophe for his country. So he accepted the biggest turnaround challenge of his life.
In Turnaround, Romney reveals how he tackled the seemingly insurmountable obstacles facing the Salt Lake Winter Games. In Turnaround, you'll learn how Romney and his management team:
* eliminated a financial crisis and delivered a profitable Olympic Games;
* built a culture of excellence that inspired gold medal performances from the employees;
* skillfully won the support of government officials, corporate sponsors, local residents, athletes and the international Olympic movement.
With Romney at the helm, and through the teamwork, tenacity, and creativity of the staff he assembled and supported, the organizing committee succeeded against the odds in producing one of the finest Olympic Games ever-a proud moment for America, a great installment in Olympic history, and a valuable object lesson in what effective management and leadership can do.
Mitt Romney is the Governor of Massachusetts. Before he was elected Governor, he led the Salt Lake Organizing Committee as its President and CEO. In 1984, Mr. Romney founded Bain Capital, a successful venture capital and investment company, and later became CEO of Bain & Company. An active member of his church and in charitable activities, Mr. Romney and his wife Ann have five sons, five daughters-in-law, and seven grandchildren.
Top Customer Reviews
And talk about bureaucracy! There is the International Olympic Committee, each nations Olympic Committee (in our case the USOC), and the hosting site's committee (for the 2002 Winter Games it was the Salt Lake Olympic Committee (SLOC). These all work to cooperate, of course, but they all also have competing interests that make for some very difficult negotiations.
Add to that the unfortunate scandal that broke out over how the games were awarded to Salt Lake (and other previous hosting sites) and you have a situation few would want to take on. However, Mitt Romney was at a perfect stage in his life with an ethos of service long held in his family, and was just ignorant enough of what he was taking on to accept the plea for his help. He also had the management and financial credentials, political skills (and connections), as well as a superb understanding of turning around troubled organizations.
For those of us who love to read about business and how various situations are analyzed and managed, this is a superb read. If you are interested in learning about how an Olympics game is put together, funded, made safe, and ready for sport, this is also a wonderfully done book. However, don't expect to read about the games themselves here. Mr.Read more ›
With regards to the Games and the impact Mitt had, as well as his account of that experience in his book, Turnaround, and having now read the book, my perspective has taught me this: Mitt is the real deal.
It would be hard to describe the seige mentality, the state of mind and the fragile psyche of the SLOC staff upon his arrival. The only reason people came to work was that it was like a bad accident--you just had to see what would happen next. All that changed, albeit not overnight, with Mitt's arrival and his leadership, management philosophy (much of which is noted in Turnaround), vision, integrity, enthusiasm, and relentless energy to raise everyone's game. What you got in Mitt was a guy that knew the quickest way to success was to make everyone around him successful. He did not need the job...the job came after him. It was not about the money, it was not about the fame, it was not about trying to become an IOC member someday.Read more ›
crazy chaos and drama to a great swelling of community pride and
enthusiasm toward the Olympics, which ended in a grand culmination of a job done with great excellence and excitement. This tide change began and kept growing stronger and stronger upon the arrival on the scene of one man: Mitt Romnmey!
I've wondered many times, "How did Mitt do the wonderful things he did for the SLOC games to make them end with such success? The book "Turnaround" gives us all the answers to that question and more. From marketing and promotions to generating sponsors and procuring funding, to creating a new, proactive culture for the entire organization, Mitt was focused, determined and exhibited other astounding abilities as he faced the Olympic challenges with creativity, enthusiasm and insight. All of this comes through the pages of this book to the reader.
In fact,there are plenty of references in the book to the steps that were taken to solve the many challenges within the big challenge of the Olympics. Because of this, I think one of the names that would work for this book could be, "The Nuts and Bolts of Ordering Chaos into Resounding Success".(Hey, maybe they should sell it at Home Depot also!) Of course, we'd also need to combine the above book with a book on how to achieve the energy,intelligence and insight Mitt used as he carefully applied all the other steps toward creating Olympic success.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mitt should stop bashing Trump and crawl under a rock. Mitt is a sore loserPublished 1 month ago by Quattro
I really enjoyed reading this book. What happened with Mitt Romney & the 2002 Olympics is a truly amazing story.Published 2 months ago by Peggy Spencer
Approached this book as a History of Utah... a lot of "Ra-Ra-Romney" and plenty of shouts out to all the great people who made it happen. Read morePublished 20 months ago by D. Parker
Excellent play by play explanation of running the Olympics and organizing the leadership amidst the initial tumultuous circumstance. Read morePublished on July 9, 2014 by Joe Meservy
When one thinks about it, the amount of organization an Olympics games requires is mind-boggling. There is construction or procurement of venues for the events themselves, housing... Read morePublished on February 16, 2014 by Andrew
Reading this book warmed me up to Mitt Romney. Although Mitt Romney IS Corporate America, his documenting of a successful, thoughtful 2002 Winter Olympics arguably makes this book... Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by J. A. Kunzler
I'm sick of self-aggrandizing politicians with pockets full of cash who tell us stories about their derring do even when those stories are a pack of baloney. Read morePublished on December 26, 2013 by zemilideias
Wonderful book for anyone with a big task on their hands. Put your political views aside and read this book.Published on September 6, 2013 by seun
The story of how Romney took over the Olympics and made it a success is detailed in this book. Names were named and situations were described. Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by John C. Pooley