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A bold new approach to the art of making tough calls when it really counts

Noel Tichy and Warren Bennis have each spent decades studying leadership and advising top CEOs such as GE's Jack Welch and Starbucks' Howard Schultz. Now, in their first collaboration, these titans of management redefine the essence of leadership as the ability to make consistently good judgments, especially when the stakes are high, information is limited, and the ...
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Overview

A bold new approach to the art of making tough calls when it really counts

Noel Tichy and Warren Bennis have each spent decades studying leadership and advising top CEOs such as GE's Jack Welch and Starbucks' Howard Schultz. Now, in their first collaboration, these titans of management redefine the essence of leadership as the ability to make consistently good judgments, especially when the stakes are high, information is limited, and the right call is far from obvious. Leaders add most of their value by the quality of their judgments; every other aspect of leadership is secondary.

Judgment clarifies an important concept that is often misunderstood. Many assume that good judgment is an inborn trait, but Tichy and Bennis show that it's actually a skill that can be developed, refined, and nurtured through an organization. The judgment process unfolds in three phases:
• Before the call-how do you frame the problem?
• Making the call-how do you decide which route to take?
• Executing the call-how do you make sure everyone supports the decision and follows through?

The authors apply this model to many kinds of judgments, involving people (hiring, firing, promoting); strategy (mergers, new products); and crisis management (ethical dilemmas, business failures). They illustrate their lessons with stories from major companies that have thrived or suffered because of the judgment of senior management.

This book will help readers get better at decision making and support better decision making from their bosses and staff.
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As with Big Fishand The Watermelon King, Wallace offers here a Southern novel full of whimsy and folklore. Clearly influenced by Flannery O'Connor and Eudora Welty, Wallace tells the story of Henry Walker, a magician with Jeremiah Musgrove's Chinese Circus in the 1950s South. As a boy in Albany, NY, Henry learned magic from the pasty-faced Mr. Sebastian, believing his mentor to be the devil, and lost his beloved sister as a result. Through his travels, Henry constantly loses those he cares about. As Wallace slowly reveals that the supernatural has less to do with Henry's fate than he thinks, the story grows more powerful. This captivating morality tale is told from multiple points of view well narrated by Norman Dietz, L.J. Ganser, Katherine Kellgren, T. Ryder Smith, Tom Stechschulte, and, especially, Alyssa Bresnahan, whose character's unrequited love for Henry is particularly poignant. Highly recommended for all collections.
—Michael Adams

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781428137363
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 8 CDs, 10 hours

Meet the Author

Noel M. Tichy is the author of Control Your Destiny or Someone Else Will, The Leadership Engine, The Cycle of Leadership, and many other business bestsellers. He is a professor at the University of Michigan Business School and advises CEOs around the world.
Warren Bennis is the author of On Becoming a Leader, Reinventing Leadership, and many other business bestsellers. He is currently university professor and distinguished professor of business administration at the University of Southern California. He has consulted for many Fortune 500 companies and world leaders.
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Table of Contents


Judgment and Leadership     1
Framework for Leadership Judgment     17
Having a Storyline     45
Character and Courage     67
People Judgment Calls     85
People Judgment: CEO Succession     105
Strategy Judgments     127
Strategy Judgments at GE     154
Crisis Judgments     176
Crisis as a Leadership Development Opportunity     209
Knowledge Creation     237
Judgment for Future Generations: The New York City Leadership Academy     263
Conclusion     283
Handbook for Leadership Judgment     285
Acknowledgments     371
Sources     375
Index     383
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2008

    I don't recommend it.

    It was in the early 1930¿s when Henry Walker was ten years old and he supposedly met the devil in person. The devil gave him the powers he would have to live with for the rest of his life. Then one day Henry¿s beautiful little sister disappeared and Henry knew it had been the devil who took her. Struggling through his life, motherless and living desperately with his drunken father, Henry (at the brink of being homeless) is given pigmentation pills so that he may lead a life as a Negro magician. At thirty-years-old, he becomes a magician for a traveling circus. Then, one night in 1954, he goes missing. Some circus performers, all of whom are convinced that they are Henry¿s only friend, share what they have learned about Henry¿s past, having been told the story by Henry himself.<BR/><BR/>Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician, unfortunately, did not make sense to me at all. It was not only confusing, but didn¿t have a point. At the last page of the book, I still didn¿t know if it really had been the devil whom Henry saw. The only character I liked was Henry and in the end, it made it seem as if he was clueless and that his life was spent for nothing. It didn¿t really ¿end¿, it just stopped. The book seemed to try very hard to end on a good note and describe the setting slowly to make it seem as if it were the end, but it didn¿t convince me. The only reason I kept reading the book was because I wanted to see Henry win. I was disappointed highly. I wouldn¿t recommend this book to anyone because it did nothing for me.<BR/><BR/>*book contains sexual content

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

    A Strange, Sad Story of Ultimate Illusion

    This was like no other book I had ever read before, and I could not put it down. Just like a great magician, the author has left me with a level of uncertainty about what exactly happened in the life of poor Henry Walker. How much of his life was illusion how much was real? I hesitate to give away the story--but suffice to say that a major, life altering change happens to Henry early on in his young life and the way it is presented to this boy 'who has already suffered more than his fair share of loss' alters his perception of the world from that day forward. From that moment on, his life becomes one of strange illusion and sadness and doom, one we see in bits and pieces through the eyes of those whose lives he touched. The story ended leaving me unsatisfied, and yet, expected.

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