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on December 10, 2009
I don't think that Bill George is a bad man. However, it is anything but clear if George consistently practices what he preaches and therefore the value of this book suffers. While "Seven Lessons for Leading in Crisis" contains valuable insight into how to face crisis, a reader can't help but be distracted by the fact that George is on the board of Goldman Sachs and as such the perspectives he describes ring hollow in the face of the institution's crisis of confidence, crisis of morality and crisis of authenticity. Goldman Sachs is not, as George's book suggests, facing reality. As one of the leaders of Goldman Sachs, George appears to fail to follow his book's advice on many fronts. This is not intended to be a personal attack but rather an unavoidable subtext when reading this work. While George's book details the importance of being yourself in the face of crisis and being "good," in practice there is little evidence that such traits exist within the very walls that his book was written. The fundamental failing of this book, therefore, is the overwhelming sense that the emperor has no clothes. If the reader can just ignore the disconnect between the good, sensible advice presented in the book from the actual practices of the Goldman Sachs' money machine of which the author has a leadership role then this book may be valuable. If, on the other hand, you are about to lose your home to Goldman Sachs and their CDO's then this book borders on being repugnant.
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