Dysfunction abounds in America in so many ways, from continuous turbulent change in the business environment, to a US federal government polarized by an inability to compromise and fulfill its historic missions, to personal levels where even deeper and darker levels of dysfunction reside within our colleagues, families, friends, and ourselves. Can any of us survive and thrive against such a backdrop of unsettledness and anxiety? Deborah Lee James wants to help us try.
As the 23rd Secretary and the “CEO” of the male-dominated US Air Force (only the second woman to lead a US military service), Secretary Deborah Lee James led a force of 660,000 people and managed a $139 billion budget—larger than the GDP of more than 120 countries. In the midst of unprecedented political dysfunction in Washington, she faced down enormous challenges, including preparing military women and men to fight terror in the Middle East, combatting sexual assault in the military, and responding to a crisis in the nuclear enterprise.
In Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success, Deborah James shares her personal and professional challenges, outcomes, strategies for success, and the problem-solving principles she used to overcome the daunting pressures, threats, and challenges that come with rising to the top of the US Armed Forces. As a supplement to her storytelling, Bain and Company, a top-tier management consulting firm, offers research and statistics that prove James’ insights have widespread impact.
The book offers an insider’s view on how things really work in Washington—and how the author’s five-step, repeatable problem-solving approach can work in any walk of life.
As a mother and wife, Deborah James carried her insights and problem-solving skills home. For women in similar circumstances, her story will provide a powerful guidebook for excelling in both public and private life, and ensuring that their battles can be won and their challenges overcome.
|Publisher:||Post Hill Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Bluf 1
Part 1 Chart And Navigate Your Course
Chapter 2 Make a Plan A, But Prepare to Zig-Zag 11
Chapter 3 Be Part of Something Big 17
Chapter 4 Get a Mentor, Be a Mentor, Build Your Network 23
Chapter 5 Hang In There with Positivity 31
Chapter 6 Learn, Evolve, Reinvent 45
Chapter 7 Lead a Full Life Beyond Work 53
Part 2 Lead And Inspire Teams
Chapter 8 Speak Up and Listen Deeply 67
Chapter 9 Role Model Ethical Behavior 79
Chapter 10 Put People First 86
Chapter 11 Play to Your Strengths Within a Great Team 94
Part 3 Get Things Done
Chapter 12 Becoming SECAF 113
Chapter 13 Case Study 1: The Nuclear Enterprise 120
Chapter 14 Case Study 2: Fighting Sexual Assault and Harassment 136
Chapter 15 Case Study 3: Making the Air Force More Diverse 151
Chapter 16 Case Study 4: Supporting Pilots Who Don't Fly 165
Chapter 17 Case Study 5: Stop Doing Stuff 173
Chapter 18 The BLUF (Revisited) 184
Works Cited 193