Leadership Moment: Nine True Stories of Triumph and Disaster and Their Lessons for Us All

The Leadership Moment: Nine True Stories of Triumph and Disaster and Their Lessons for Us All

By Michael Useem

Unusual and inspiring, these nine dramatic stories about leaders who faced crises are intended for people not only in business but in all walks of life.


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Book Information

Publisher: Crown Business
Publish Date: 09/01/1998
Pages: 329
ISBN-13: 9780812929355
ISBN-10: 0812929357
Language: English

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November 11, 2008

High Altitude Leadership: What the World's Most Forbidding Peaks Teach Us About Success by Chris Warner and Don Schmincke, Jossey-Bass, 210 pages, $27. 95, Hardcover, October 2008, ISBN 9780470345030 Don Schmincke, author of The Code of the Executive, has once again put his unique experiences on paper. For his new book, his co-author is world-renowned mountaineer, Chris Warner. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

October 28, 2008

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The Arizona Republic printed a list of recommended finance and business titles from Jeffrey L. Coles'--finance department chair at Arizona State University. They are: Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk by Peter L. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

January 15, 2009

You may have noticed that we released a new issue of ChangeThis yesterday. What you may not have realized is that Marty Neumeier, the author of The Aesthetics of Management, is also the author of Zag: The #1 Strategy of High Performance Brands, one of The 100 Best Business Books of All TIme. The manifesto is a "look at a few of the principles that artists have used successfully, [to] see how they might apply to management. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

January 25, 2010

In light of the earthquakes in Haiti, Learning from Catastrophes: Strategies for Reaction and Response, the new book edited by Howard Kunreuther and Michael Useem and published by Wharton School Publishing, has even more relevance. The authors, both chairpersons of the Council on the Mitigation of Natural Disasters, have gathered the writings of the world’s leading experts in risk management and disaster recovery to help council people and organizations on how best to predict, prepare and respond to natural and man-made disasters, from the devastation caused by earthquakes and tsunamis to the overwhelming challenges presented by terrorism and economic upheaval. In their introduction, the editors call these “low-probability but high-consequence events” and caution against the human tendency to dismiss preparation efforts due to “underprediction” or, more clearly, the belief that low risk equals no risk. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

May 26, 2011

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania made a big announcement last month, launching Wharton Digital Press. From that release: The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania announces the launch of Wharton Digital Press, an innovative global all-digital publishing initiative that will publish books electronically, including ebooks, enhanced ebooks, mobile apps, and print books available through print-on-demand technology. In collaboration with Knowledge@Wharton, the School’s online journal of research and business analysis, Wharton Digital Press will take advantage of the Wharton School’s global presence to communicate relevant business knowledge from experts throughout the world to readers wherever and whenever they need it. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

January 11, 2011

In another installment from the annual review of business books we produced last year, we have an article from friend and former president of the company, Todd Sattersten. In it, he discusses the meta-themes in business thought that he and Jack uncovered as they spent 18 months compiling, reading, choosing and writing The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. ◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊◊ The Five Universal Themes in Business BY TODD SATTERSTEN What happens when you spend 18 months reading the best in business literature? READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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Michael Useem believes that leadership, at its essence, is the act of making a difference, especially when the stakes are high - be they personal, professional, or organizational. By examining what others have done when a company, a life, or even the fate of a nation was on the line, Useem shows us what works and what fails, what hastens a cause or subverts a purpose, and what must be done when we have to decide and perform under great duress.

About the Author

Michael Useem is William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management and director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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