Seven Lessons for Leading in Crisis

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Wiley, Jul 15, 2009 - Business & Economics - 160 pages
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One of the country's most trusted leaders offers time-tested andreal world advice for leading in economic hard times

From business giant Bill George, the acclaimed author of WallStreet Journal's bestseller True North, comes thejust-in-time guide for anyone in a leadership position facingtoday's unprecedented economic challenges. The former CEO ofMedtronic draws from his own in-the-trenches experience and lessonsfrom leaders (representing an array of companies) who haveweathered tough economic storms. With straight talk and cleardirections, George shows leaders specifically what they must do tobecome strong leaders and survive any crisis. His seven lessonsinclude: Face Reality, Starting with Yourself; Never Waste a GoodCrisis; and Be Aggressive: This is Your Best Chance to Win in theMarket. Seven Lesson for Leading in Crisis is a survival kitfor anyone in a leadership position.

  • A concise handbook for applying proven leadership lessons intough times
  • Written by Bill George one of America's most trusted businessleaders and author of True North and AuthenticLeadership
  • Offers realistic actions leaders can take to put theircompanies on the right long-term path

Seven Lesson for Leading in Crisis gives leaders a solidstrategy for staying the course.

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About the author (2009)

Bill George is professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and the author of the best-sellers True North and Authentic Leadership. He is former chairman and CEO of Medtronic; under his leadership, Medtronic's market capitalization grew from $1.1 billion to $60 billion, averaging 35% per year. Earlier in his career, he was an executive with Honeywell and Litton Industries and served in the U.S. Department of Defense. He currently serves as a director of ExxonMobil and Goldman Sachs, and also recently served on the board of Novartis and Target. He is a trustee of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, World Economic Forum USA and the Guthrie Theater. He has served as board chair of Allina Health System, Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, United Way of the Greater Twin Cities, and Advamed. George has been named one of "Top 25 Business Leaders of the Past 25 Years" by PBS; "Executive of the Year 2001" by the Academy of Management; and "Director of the Year 2001-2" by the National Association of Corporate Directors. He has made frequent appearances on TV and radio including Charlie Rose, The Today Show, News Hour with Jim Lehrer, NOW, CNBC, Bloomberg News, and NPR. His articles have appeared in Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, and many others.
George received his BSIE from Georgia Tech, his MBA from Harvard, where he was a Baker Scholar, and honorary PhDs from Georgia Tech and Bryant University. He has been a professor at IMD International and Ecole Polytechnique (Switzerland), and executive-in-residence at Yale School of Management. He lives in Minnesota, Massachusetts and Colorado.

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