Clarity in Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the CIA

Clarity in Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the CIA

by Marc E. Polymeropoulos
Clarity in Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the CIA

Clarity in Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the CIA

by Marc E. Polymeropoulos


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Meet your next crisis head on and get through it stronger than ever by using the hard-earned strategies and core principles from Marc Polymeropoulos, a highly decorated, 26-year operations officer with the CIA.

Marc Polymeropoulos has had to live with the consequences of decisions made under the most high-stress circumstances you can imagine as a senior intelligence officer in the CIA, retiring from his 26 years of service as one of the CIA’s most decorated field officers.

Though your crisis situations may not entail international counter terrorism as Marc’s did, in our age of social media and a 24-hour news cycle, the consequences of mishandling a crisis can escalate quickly, leaving irreparable damage to a company’s reputation and bottom line in its wake.

In Clarity in Crisis, Marc shares how true leaders need to lead in and through times of crisis and thrive under conditions of ambiguity, rather than message their way out or duck from hard decisions.

This book provides proven strategies and core principles that leaders can apply to meet any crisis head on and lead through it, including:

  • The critical elements to managing crisis, such as knowing who you can always count on to execute under high-stress situations.
  • An understanding of the importance of following and stressing key fundamentals and avoiding shortcuts that often do more harm than good.
  • Implementation guidance from the “Mad Minute” section at the end of each chapter that summarizes key points and action items you can begin applying right away.
  • How to gain confidence that you are ready for the next crisis and embrace any situation with no fear.

Far from mere theory, Clarity in Crisis outlines the unique mindset and strategies Marc himself practiced and honed throughout his remarkable career. The core principles outlined in these pages will help you find unshakeable clarity in crisis and lead when others want to flee.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400223862
Publisher: HarperCollins Leadership
Publication date: 06/08/2021
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,112,238
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Marc Polymeropoulos retired in June 2019 from the Senior Intelligence Service ranks at the CIA after a 26-year career in operational headquarters and field management assignments covering the Middle East, Europe, Eurasia, and Counter Terrorism. He served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and he is one of the CIA’s most decorated field officers. Marc is the recipient of the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the Intelligence Medal of Merit, and the Intelligence Commendation medal. His last position was overseeing CIA’s clandestine operations in Europe and Eurasia. He is a respected commentator on foreign policy and intelligence matters and is widely quoted in both the US and international media.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction: The Truth Shall Make You Free xiii

1 What Is Great Leadership? Charlie's Way 1

2 The Glue Guy 13

3 Adversity is the Performance-Enhancing Drug to Success 29

4 The Process Monkey 43

5 Humility Is Best Served Warm 51

6 Win an Oscar 65

7 Family Values 81

8 Be a People Developer 97

9 Employ the Dagger 113

10 Finding Clarity in the Shadows 125

11 Hanging Up the Cleats 137

Epilogue: Finding Clarity in the Age of COVID-19 145

Acknowledgments 153

Notes 159

Index 161

About the Author 169

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