Predictable Surprises: The Disasters You Should Have Seen Coming, and How to Prevent Them

Predictable Surprises: The Disasters You Should Have Seen Coming, and How to Prevent Them

by Max H. Bazerman, Michael Watkins
     
 

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Even the best-run companies can be blindsided by disasters they should have anticipated. These predictable surprises range from financial scandals to operational disruptions, from organizational upheavals to product failures.

In Predictable Surprises, Max Bazerman and Michael Watkins show you how to minimize your risk by understanding and lowering the

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Overview

Even the best-run companies can be blindsided by disasters they should have anticipated. These predictable surprises range from financial scandals to operational disruptions, from organizational upheavals to product failures.

In Predictable Surprises, Max Bazerman and Michael Watkins show you how to minimize your risk by understanding and lowering the psychological, organizational, and political barriers preventing you from foreseeing calamity. The authors also offer powerful tools-including incentives and formal coalitions-that business leaders can use to detect and fend off threats invisible to insiders.

Failure to recognize what's coming exposes your company to predictable surprises. Given the stakes involved, this book allows you to focus on the right problems and to act before it is too late.

About the Author:
Max H. Bazerman is the Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He is also formally affiliated with the Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard Psychology Department, and the Program on Negotiation

About the Author:
Michael D. Watkins is Professor of General Management at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland, and confounder of Genesis Advisers, a leadership development company

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Editorial Reviews

Financial Times
"[S]ubstantial...leaving the reader no excuse not to deal with all those foreseeable, predictable, avoidable surprises."
1 December, 2004
Soundview Executive Book Summaries
According to Harvard Business Professor Max H. Bazerman and strategy consultant Michael D. Watkins, "predictable surprises" are events that catch leaders off guard even though they had all the information necessary to anticipate them, and write that they represent a pervasive failure of leadership that holds grave consequences. In Predictable Surprises, the authors identify six danger signals and describe a prescriptive framework that aims to help leaders respond quickly and effectively to prevent disasters. Copyright © 2005 Soundview Executive Book Summaries

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422122877
Publisher:
Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date:
04/15/2008
Series:
Leadership for the Common Good
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,370,454
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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