How to Hit a Curveball: Confront and Overcome the Unexpected in Business [NOOK Book]

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"None of us knows what the future holds. But once you've learned how to confront and overcome the unexpected, this lack of knowledge will cease to make you anxious. Tomorrow will no longer be something to fear. And believe me, that's a great feeling"

As a professional, you want to be ready for anything. You'll spend hours, days, even years, perfecting your technique, studying the competition and stepping up to challenges in order to make ...
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How to Hit a Curveball: Confront and Overcome the Unexpected in Business

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Overview

"None of us knows what the future holds. But once you've learned how to confront and overcome the unexpected, this lack of knowledge will cease to make you anxious. Tomorrow will no longer be something to fear. And believe me, that's a great feeling"

As a professional, you want to be ready for anything. You'll spend hours, days, even years, perfecting your technique, studying the competition and stepping up to challenges in order to make yourself an all-star.

But at some point in your life, regardless of what you do or how far up the ladder you've climbed, you will be thrown a curveball-an unexpected challenge that comes at you quickly and without warning. The kind that forces you to rethink, well, everything.

Whether it's the loss of a job, a newly assigned responsibility at work, or a global recession that threatens your entire company or industry, an unanticipated change can knock even the most experienced among us off guard. So if you want to succeed in business-and in life-it's not enough to be the smartest in the room or even the hardest working; you have to be a great curveball hitter.

Investment banker Scott R. Singer learned this lesson the hard way. But after a series of career challenges and personal setbacks, he started to develop a new approach to dealing with unforeseen problems by adopting a new attitude toward life. He realized that curveballs are a part of the game and the greatest players know how to knock them out of the park.

Singer shares his personal story and insights as well as those of some prominent curveball hitters he interviewed, such as Leslie Moonves of CBS, Alan Schwartz of Bear Stearns, and actor Michael J. Fox. Singer's rules for surviving and thriving when faced with uncertainty include:
Step up to the plate: Accept what's happened; don't fight it. Tell others right away, and let them help.
Be the batter, not the ball: Don't let your imagination get the best of you. Be a realist, not a pessimist.
Keep your eye on the ball: Focus on what you can do instead of worrying about what might happen or what's beyond your control.

This fun yet practical book is full of valuable advice and anecdotes that can help anyone avoid striking out at work (or at home) and maybe even turn those surprising challenges into tremendous opportunities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101222911
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 369 KB

Meet the Author

SCOTT R. SINGER is a managing director and head of media and entertainment for The Bank Street Group (a private investment bank) and an expert on strategic change. His clients have included major companies such as CBS, Comcast, Disney, Liberty Media, NBC Universal, News Corp., Time Warner, and Viacom. He lives in New York City.

MARK LEVINE has collaborated on several business books and has written for magazines such as Worth and Money.

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  • Posted April 21, 2010

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    Hit the Curveballs, Succeed in Business

    I'm not really a baseball fan, but I love the concept of hitting curveballs in business (and life).

    You can be smart, knowledgeable, and experienced and still be shocked by a curveball. How we handle curveballs in business and life says a lot about character, creativity, and passion.

    Singer gives insightful advice and stories that both small business owners and big business executives can learn from about how to step up to the plate, stop worrying about how you got there, and start thinking about what you are going to do. Because, as Singer points out, "in the end, that's really all you can control."

    With a Table of Contents that leans heavily on baseball metaphors (think innings, not chapters), sports fans will be singing, "Take me out the ballgame." Even if you're not a big baseball fan, you will enjoy as you read:

    Spring Training: The Secret to Making the Majors
    The First Inning: Step Up to the Plate
    The Second Inning: Be the Batter, Not the Ball
    The Third Inning: Keep Your Eye on the Ball
    The Fourth Inning: Listen to Your Coach
    The Fifth Inning: Step Outside the Batter's Box
    The Sixth Inning: Wait for Your Pitch
    The Seventh Inning: Become a Home Run Hitter
    The Eighth Inning: Fill Out Your Lineup
    The Ninth Inning: Outside the Ballpark
    An Extra Inning: Yet Another Curveball

    And here's my confession: I have insider information. I know Scott personally and have watched him advise others on how to deal with curveballs, as well as hit his own curveballs out of the park. And he does it with insight, grace, and style to emulate.

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