From the Bureau to the Boardroom: 30 Management Lessons from the FBI

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When it comes to motivating and inspiring employees, there is no better or tougher model than the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In its one hundred-year fight against the ever-changing tactics of organized crime and terrorism, the FBI has learned invaluable lessons about powerful leadership and management. Like many companies, the FBI must succeed on a global playing field with limited resources; it must deal with unforeseen challenges and long-term strategic threats. Former Marine Dan Carrison has had unprecedented access to the inner workings of the FBI. Here he offers an insider’s look at the Bureau, taking readers behind the scenes of some of the FBI’s most important missions—from infiltrating a world-wide drug cartel to closing in on a terrorist cell. Managers will learn how to: cultivate an “All for One, One for All” corporate culture · create a Ten-Most-Want­ed customer list · maintain a sense of readiness, and think on their feet · deploy task force management · and more Instructive and exciting, From the Bureau to the Boardroom will show all leaders how to win in the marketplace and stay true to core values, no matter how tense or challenging the situation.

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Like many companies, the FBI faces an abundance of serious challenges. It must succeed on a global playing field with limited resources—or face disastrous consequences. It is a huge, potentially unwieldy organization filled with over­worked, underpaid employees—yet it must cultivate loyalty, flexibility, openness, and fierce pride to succeed in its mission. It’s a tall order, but one that the FBI accomplishes on an unprecedented scale. Now you can learn how to apply the FBI’s most powerful leadership and management principles in your organization to gain new levels of employee commitment and performance. Packed with first-person accounts of the bureau’s inner workings and detailed suggestions for emulating its success, From the Bureau to the Boardroom uncovers practical management lessons, including:

 

-How to encourage the acceptance of new roles –

-How to manage failure (and success)

-How to win with the tools you have, not the ones you wish you had

-How to cul­tivate maturity and good judgment

-How to reach out to the next generation and hire well

- Plus many more

 

Advance Praise for From the Bureau to the Boardroom:

 

“If you think that the challenges faced by the FBI are different from those confronted by Fortune 500 companies, think again! Dan Carrison brilliantly reveals the concept of universality of management and management excellence being grounded in a ‘mind-set’ rather than a set of techniques.”       

—    Nelly Kazman, Executive Director, Senior Adjunct Professor, University of La Verne

 

“There is much that every organization can and should learn from the FBI. Dan Carrison’s book makes it abundantly clear why we need to learn and the consequences if we fail to do so.”     

— Ian I. Mitroff, University Professor, Marshall Goldsmith School of Management, visiting Professor, UC Berkeley

 

“Mr. Carrison’s book is well done.  For the first time, there is an accurate portrayal of the FBI management culture for the hardworking men and women of the FBI. The book is easily read and understood, and he has demonstrated how these sound management principles are applicable to any corporation.”         

— Thomas B. Locke, former FBI Senior       Executive and director of the FBI’s initial response to 9/11 at FBI Headquarters

 

“Carrison does a phenomenal job of capturing the culture and management philosophy of the FBI and translating it into concepts applicable to the private sector. I know; I have been in both.”         

—Joseph W. Koletar, FBI Senior Executive (retired) and independent consultant

 

“Business today is in crisis. Learn about crisis management from the best—the FBI!”

—    Thomas J. Pickard, former Deputy Director, FBI, 1975–2001

 

“Carrison truly captures the unique attributes of the Bureau’s management style and culture, which he brilliantly dissects into 30 management lessons for the private sector.” 

— Craig Dotlo, first President of the FBI Agents Association, 1981–1988

 

 

From the Inside Flap:

Noncompetitive pay. Long hours. Frequent moves. Mortal danger. With drawbacks such as these, it’s a wonder that anyone would willingly want to join the Federal Bureau of Investigation. And yet the FBI consistently attracts a vast field of stellar candidates and awards the best and brightest with extraordinarily dangerous missions, including breaking up terrorist cells, infiltrating drug cartels, diffusing hostage situations, and tracking down serial killers.

 

What drives these men and women to cheer­fully and diligently tackle the monumental challenges that await career FBI agents? Author Dan Carrison goes behind the scenes of this legendary organization to uncover its secrets of success, including its unique management strategies for hiring, training, and retaining agents. Based on interviews with agents at every level, From the Bureau to the Boardroom pinpoints powerful lessons that can be applied directly to business to cultivate and sustain higher levels of employee performance, including how to:

—    Make management an attractive option for your top performers. If your star employ­ees shy away from more responsibility, it’s nearly always the organization’s fault. Find out why your frontline achievers might be loath to enter the managerial ranks, and what FBI tactics you can adopt to turn the situation around.

—    Cultivate fidelity in the workplace. While you probably can’t reproduce the FBI’s inten­sive basic training program, you can emulate its core mission, which is to cultivate a sense of gratitude and pride in belonging to your organization, beginning in the hiring and training stages.

—    Promote a “one for all, all for one” corporate culture. The FBI could easily splinter into divisive squabbling among subcultures and fiefdoms, each competing for prestige, power, and limited resources. Instead, the agency promotes an impressive level of communication and information sharing. Use the FBI’s model to build a company wide spirit of respect and cooperation for the common good.

—    Create a “Flying Squad” to tackle daunting challenges. The FBI’s expert “Flying Squads” are quickly dispatched around the world to assist with difficult missions and tense situations. Learn how to put a corporate version of these mobile resources teams to work tackling your organization’s thorniest challenges.

Packed with first-person accounts, concrete examples, and probing insights, this fast-paced, eye-opening book helps you tap into the FBI’s innovative tactics for developing a dedicated team of hardworking professionals. Here are tried-and-true methods for surviving in perilous environments—and invaluable business advice for thriving in times of fierce competition and economic uncertainty.

 

Dan Carrison is a partner of Semper Fi Consulting (SemperFiConsulting.com) and is the founder of ghostwritersinthesky.com.

He is a nationally recognized speaker and business writer and is the coauthor of the best-selling Semper Fi: Busi­ness Leadership the Marine Corps Way. Mr. Carrison has an MBA from the University of La Verne. He lives in Los Angeles.

 

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