Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

In the Face of Uncertainty: 25 Top Leaders Speak out on Challenge, Change, and the Future of American Business

Academic journal article Career Planning and Adult Development Journal

In the Face of Uncertainty: 25 Top Leaders Speak out on Challenge, Change, and the Future of American Business

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In The Face of Uncertainty: 25 Top Leaders Speak Out on Challenge, Change, and the Future of American Business, by Martha I. Finney. 2002. New York, NY: AMACOM. 240 pages, Hard Back, $21.95

Intended Audience: All

Major Headings from Table of Contents:

Chapter headings are the names of the 25 leaders

How is the book most useful for its intended audience?

It offers perspective, hope, and guidance for uncertain times.

The top five things you learned from reading this book:

1. Engagement vs. Commitment as a model for the employer/employee relationship.

2. The difference between change and transition.

3. The importance of consistency in a leader's message whether speaking to front-line employees or in the boardroom.

4. Leaders must do more than lead change; they must lead through the transition.

5. The concept of a Transition Deficit, when there is more change than we can assimilate.

Written in the wake of September 11, 2001, the relevance of this book is reinforced in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Corporate scandals, terrorist attacks, war, and natural disaster have left our nation with a deep sense of uncertainty. This book draws insight from 25 leaders from various sectors (business, government, education, and more) to help us navigate these challenging times. All the chapters are helpful to those working in any area of career assistance. Three chapters, however, are particularly relevant.

Those who coach leaders and executives will find the interview with John Alexander, President of the Center for Creative Leadership of particular interest. Alexander emphasizes the character of the leader and his authenticity. The leader must communicate in ways appropriate to his audience, from the front-line employee, to the board room, yet remain consistent in his message. …

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