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Why do otherwise brilliant and successful leaders fail – and often do so dramatically? How can you prevent your own career “train wreck” by learning from their experiences? This book distills the core causes of executive failure, demonstrates how to identify them in your own behavior – and helps you to eliminate or avoid them. Bill Lane, Jack Welch’s long-time colleague draws on his own experience as a GE insider as well as from extensive interviews with former GE executives now running their own companies, including Dave Calhoun (CEO, Nielsen); Jim McNerney (CEO, Boeing); Lloyd Trotter (retired Vice-Chairman of GE), Frank Doyle (ex-Executive VP at GE), Kip Condron (ex-CEO, Americas, AXA Equitable); Andrew McMahon (President, AXA Equitable), and many others. Together with these elite executives, Lane demonstrates how to avoid arrogance, recognize when you must micromanage, learn how to communicate far more effectively, maintain a relentless focus on what matters most, and avoid the temptations to sacrifice your #1 leadership asset: your integrity. Along the way, he offers hard-hitting insights on everything from choosing your battles to cultivating the “right” forms of paranoia. Losing It will be an indispensable resource for everyone aspiring to become a more effective leader, including managers at all levels, and all MBA candidates and executive education students.
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“In Losing It, Bill Lane has created a fast-moving, colorful, and intelligent book with insights and lessons for current and aspiring leaders, honed through decades of true insider experience in government and industry.”
--W. James McNerney, Jr., Chairman, President, and CEO, The Boeing Company
“I might have described some of these historical events a bit differently, but Bill’s interpretations always make for a fun read.”
--Jack Welch, Founder, Jack Welch Management Institute
“Valuable lessons for anyone rapidly rising through the ranks, especially regarding the critical importance of always maintaining your personal integrity.”
--Jeffrey H. Dworken, Global Vice Chairman, Treasurer, Ernst & Young Global Limited
“Lane casts a very wide net in this book and harvests a rich collection of lessons about not only business but also life. A must-read.”
--Philip Ameen, Vice President and Comptroller, General Electric (Retired)
Why Even Great Executives Fail Spectacularly--and How to Keep It from Happening to You
Bill Lane is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and has degrees from Niagara University and Northern Arizona University. He served as a Green Beret officer in Vietnam in 1968-69 and later worked as a congressional liaison officer and speechwriter at the Pentagon for seven years. He was appointed Manager of Executive Communications at General Electric and spent nearly 20 years as Jack Welch’s speechwriter; he retired in 2002.
Bill’s first book, Jacked Up: How Jack Welch Talked GE into Becoming the World’s Greatest Company, was named one of the “Best Business Books of the Year” by Strategy+Business.
He writes and lives in Easton, Connecticut.
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