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The Go Point--the moment of truth when you have to say "yes" or "no" when it's time to get off the fence. Michael Useem--through dramatic storytelling--shows how to master the art and science of being decisive. He places you smack in the middle of people facing their go point, where actions--or lack of them--determined the fates of individuals, companies, and countries. * Why on earth did Robert E. Lee send General George Pickett on an almost suicidal charge against the Union lines at Gettysburg? * How does the leader of a firefighting crew make life-or-death decisions, directing his people--with little information about weather patterns to guide him--to go up or down the mountain? One direction means safety, the other danger. * You've just assumed responsibility for a scandal-wracked corporation, a company teetering on the brink of disaster. What you decide over the course of the next several days will have consequences for thousands of employees and investors. How do you fulfill your responsibilities? Michael Useem makes you feel as if "you are there," right in the center of the action. He was there: tramping up and down the mountain where firefighters made their momentous decisions; walking the battlefield at Gettysburg to see for himself just what General Pickett faced before making his ill-fated charge; going into a trading pit where million-dollar buy-and-sell decisions are made that affect fortunes of both the firm and the person making the call. You'll discover why some decisions were flawless, perfectly on target, and others utterly disastrous. Most of all, you'll learn how to make the right calls yourself, whether you're changing your career, hiring an assistant, launching a product, or deciding on a potential acquisition or merger. Smartly written and offering unusual insights into the minds of decision makers such as General Lee, The Go Point will provide the guidance for you to move with confidence when it's your turn to get off the fence.
Are you ready for the leadership moment? Merck's Roy Vagelos commits millions of dollars to develop a drug needed only by people who can't afford it · Eugene Kranz struggles to bring the Apollo 13 astronauts home after an explosion rips through their spacecraft · Arlene Blum organizes the first women's ascent of one of the world's most dangerous mountains · Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain leads his tattered troops into a pivotal Civil War battle at Little Round Top · John Gutfreund loses Salomon Brothers when his inattention to a trading scandal almost topples the Wall Street giant · Clifton Wharton restructures a $50 billion pension system direly out of touch with its customers · Alfredo Cristiani transforms El Salvador's decade-long civil war into a negotiated settlement · Nancy Barry leads Women's World Banking in the fight against Third World poverty · Wagner Dodge faces the decision of a lifetime as a fast-moving forest fire overtakes his firefighting crew
Eight true stories show that Leaders today aren't just bosses, they're self-starters who take charge even when they haven't been given a charge. Upward leaders get results by helping their superiors lead. They make sure that good ideas don't die on the vine because a boss's understanding doesn't reach down deep enough into the organization. Upward leadership assures that advice arrives from all points on the corporate compass, not just from the top down.
Your team has faltered at a critical moment. A key member says he can't continue, requiring you to make a snap decision: Do you write him off? Or do you risk the whole venture by trying to get him back on his feet?It could be a scenario straight from the business world. Yet this one occurred high on the slopes of the world's deadliest mountain, K2, where lives, not just livelihoods, depended on the leader's choice.Decisions don't get much starker. That's why mountains--though seemingly a world apart from business--hold unique and surprising insights for managers and entrepreneurs at any altitude. More than just symbols of our upward strivings, they are high-altitude management laboratories: testing grounds where risk, fear, opportunity, and ambition collide in the most unforgiving of settings. Upward Bound brings together a remarkable team of nine writers equally at home among the high peaks and in the corridors of corporate power, including Good to Great author Jim Collins, legendary climber and outdoor clothing entrepreneur Royal Robbins, and Stacy Allison, the first American woman to summit Mount Everest. Their riveting, often harrowing accounts, reveal* Why rock climbers' distinction between failure (giving up before reaching the edge of your abilities) and what they call "fallure" (committing 100 percent and using up all your energy and reserves) can help companies transcend their vertical limits * What happens when a leader abdicates responsibility in the Death Zone of Mount Everest--and how a similar vacuum at sea level can corrupt corporate purpose* How large climbing expeditions use exquisite organization and "pyramids of people" to place just two climbers on top, making heroes of some from the sacrifice of all * What "ridge-walking" between deadly avalanches and the lure of Mount McKinley's summit taught a venture capitalist about nurturing risky high-tech start-ups* How a simple insight--using "proximate goals"--propelled a faltering climber up El Capitan in a seemingly undoable solo ascent, a ten-day lesson that would later jump-start a business* Why more accessible peaks like Mount Sinai can exert a pull every bit as powerful as Mount Everest* How to think like a guideWhile most people will never find themselves in the thin air of the world's highest places, Upward Bound brings those places down to earth for anyone seeking the path to his or her own summit. Whether it's up the career ladder or toward a creative peak, Upward Bound addresses the fundamental question of why we climb, while capturing the power of mountains to instruct as well as inspire.From the Hardcover edition.
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