You Can't Predict a Hero: From War to Wall Street, Leading in Times of Crisis

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Many things set Joe Grano apart from the typical corporate leader: his decorated military career, his humble origins, his lack of a formal college education, his meteoric rise. But perhaps the most unique aspect of Grano’s life and career is his ability to deal with crisis. When things are at their worst, Grano is at his best. From Vietnam to 9/11, from the market crash of ’87 to today’s financial crisis, Wall Street legend Joe Grano has been at the front lines of the most defining American crises of the last ...
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Overview

Many things set Joe Grano apart from the typical corporate leader: his decorated military career, his humble origins, his lack of a formal college education, his meteoric rise. But perhaps the most unique aspect of Grano’s life and career is his ability to deal with crisis. When things are at their worst, Grano is at his best. From Vietnam to 9/11, from the market crash of ’87 to today’s financial crisis, Wall Street legend Joe Grano has been at the front lines of the most defining American crises of the last forty years. Whether leading draftees through combat as a Green Beret in Vietnam, regrouping a team of brokers during the market crash of 1987, or working tirelessly to reopen Wall Street after the attacks on 9/11, Joe has served at the forefront, leading and even inspiring others when things seem at their darkest. Structured around six specific crises he faced in his life and career, You Can’t Predict a Hero tells the unique story of how Grano was able to triumph over challenges both personal and professional.
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Similar in tone to Tim Russert's Big Russ & Me, this is less a business memoir than a discussion of how a successful man has applied character teachings from childhood to his adult life. In it, Grano tracks his rise from his humble origins and lack of a formal education to his decorated military career, legendary Wall Street tenure, and educational and philanthropic endeavors. Grano's candor will appeal to veterans with combat experience as well as to anyone involved in investment banking, especially alumni of Merrill Lynch or UBS PaineWebber. Well written and narrated; recommended to all listeners. [Includes a bonus interview with the author.—Ed.]—Gail Preslar, Eastman Chemical Co. Business Lib., Kingsport, TN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470411674
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,455,625
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph J. Grano, Jr. is chairman and CEO of Centurion Holdings LLC, a company that advises private and public companies. From 2001–2004, Grano was chairman of UBS Financial Services, Inc. (formerly UBS PaineWebber). Having joined the company in 1988, Grano is credited for turning PaineWebber around and shepherding its merger with Swiss banking giant UBS. Grano began his career as a stock broker at Merrill Lynch, where he rose to various senior management positions over sixteen years. He was also chairman of the Board of Governors of the NASD. A decorated war hero, Grano was chosen by the White House to be chairman of the President’s Homeland Security Advisory Council after 9/11, a position he held from 2002–2005. The recipient of countless awards for leadership, civic contributions, as well as honorary degrees, he is involved in a wide range of educational and philanthropic endeavors. Mark Levine has written and collaborated on more than thirty books, including the best-sellers Second Acts, Die Broke, and Lifescripts, as well as hundreds of magazine articles. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Lee Iacocca xi

Preface xiii

1 LEADERS: ARE THEY BORN OR MADE? 3

2 PROBLEMS REQUIRE SOLUTIONS 21

3 BE THE ETERNAL OPTIMIST 51

4 RECONCILE YOURSELF TO SELFISHNESS 69

5 YOU CAN’T PREDICT A HERO 89

6 THE TRUTH IS NEVER WRONG 101

7 HUMANITY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN HIERARCHY 117

8 SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 143

9 CAN A LEADER PROSPER WITHOUT A MISTRESS? 163

10 QUEEN FOR A DAY 175

Epilogue: Reach, Lift, and Embrace 199

About the Authors 207

Acknowledgments 209

Index 211

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