Firing Back: How Great Leaders Rebound After Career Disasters
Jeffrey A. Sonnenfeld and Andrew Ward
Description and Reviews
From The Publisher:
Is it possible to rescue your career and restore your reputation after a major professional setback? In an age rife with press accounts of disgraced CEOs, politicians, and celebrities—as well as courageous but beleaguered whistleblowers and victims of rivals or envious colleagues and bosses—this question has grown more important than ever.
In Firing Back, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Andrew Ward answer the question with a resounding "Yes." They go on to lay out a practical and an important five-step process for actually recovering from setbacks. Following these steps will help guide you through the difficult circumstances, rebuild your reputation, and chart a new future. The authors also explore strategies for surmounting common barriers to career recovery, including tricky corporate cultures and psychological stresses.
Anchored in decades of research and scholarly studies across multiple fields, this book is packed with engrossing stories and first-hand accounts from humbled but restored CEOs and executives from firms as diverse as General Electric, The Home Depot, Morgan Stanley, Apple, Staples, and Hewlett-Packard.
Firing Back offers a clear plan for anyone who needs to recover from a career setback and reclaim lost prestige and reputation - whether the setback stemmed from his own actions or forces outside her control.
"Sonnenfeld and Ward show how to rise Phoenix - like from the ashes. Their account of the psychological and behavioral foundations of that important quality - resilience - is important reading for everyone who will ever face a reversal of fortune."
—Jeffrey Pfeffer, Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
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• "Indeed, for many people, the failure to come back successfully is caused by an exclusive focus on the immediate problems of dealing with downfall—often practical and financial constraints that consume the person’s energy and will." Pg. 260
About the Authors
Jeff Sonnenfeld is currently the Senior Associate Dean for Executive Programs & Lester Crown Professor in the Practice of Management. He is also the founder and president of The Chief Executive Leadership Institute, a non-profit educational and research institute focused on CEO leadership and corporate governance. Andrew Ward is a member of the management faculty at the Terry College of Business, University of Georgia, and a research fellow and former Research Director of the Chief Executive Leadership Institute.
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