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Comebacks: Powerful Lessons from Leaders Who Endured Setbacks and Recaptured Success on Their Terms

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Gold Medal Winner, Success and Motivation, 2011 Axiom Business Book Awards

Insight from leaders who experienced major setbacks and redefined success

In tough economic times, when careers are derailed and leaders are forced to rewrite their professional plans, this book enlightens and uplifts. Comebacks features an all-star cast of ten leaders who endured setbacks-for some a public fall in the midst of media scrutiny-then reassessed and moved ahead with new purpose. Based on revealing interviews, the book presents a behind-the-headlines glimpse into the lives of leaders; how they drew upon resources, both internal and external, to move on; and the lessons that helped them redefine success. Leaders profiled include:

  • Jacques Nasser, former CEO of Ford Motor Co., recently appointed Chairman of BHP Billiton, the world's largest natural resources company

  • Patricia Dunn, former Chair of Hewlett-Packard, vilified for her alleged role in corporate espionage only to be exonerated from all charges, today active in philanthropy

  • Jamie Dimon (JP Morgan), Herbert "Pug" Winokur (Enron Corp.), David Neeleman (JetBlue), and more

Redmond, a top executive recruiter, and Crisafulli, author of The House of Dimon, show how all leaders face adversity, but true leaders turn adversity into success.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Introduction
  5. Chapter One - DAVID NEELEMAN WHEN IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON
    1. Growing Up in Brazil
    2. Entering the Travel Business
    3. At the Controls of JetBlue
    4. Neeleman's Servant Leadership
    5. An Ice Storm to Remember
    6. Working Through It
    7. Taking Off in Brazil
  6. Chapter Two - DAVID POTTRUCK A PORTRAIT IN CANDOR
    1. Big Dreams and a Bright Beginning
    2. Welcome to the Business World
    3. The Game Changes
    4. Bouncing Back
  7. Chapter Three - PATRICIA DUNN TRIAL BY FIRE
    1. Joining the HP Board
    2. Embattled on Two Fronts
    3. The Accountability Conundrum
    4. Lessons Learned
  8. Chapter Four - CHRISTOPHER GALVIN THE POWER OF RESILIENCE
    1. Facing the Business Battles
    2. A Lame Duck CEO
    3. The Worst Six Months of His Life
    4. Starting Over
    5. The Importance of Resilience
    6. “Gut It Out” and Other Lessons Learned
  9. Chapter Five - HERBERT “PUG” WINOKUR AFTER THE STORM
    1. Connections and Opportunities
    2. The Enron Board
    3. The Harvard Connection
    4. Enron Becomes 'Unreal'
    5. The Harvard Board Takes Action
    6. Lingering Questions
    7. After the Storm
    8. New Ventures and Unfinished Business
  10. Chapter Six - HARRY M. JANSEN KRAEMER, JR. VALUES-BASED LEADERSHIP
    1. The Balanced Life
    2. Leadership in Action
    3. When Results Disappoint
    4. Departures and Life Lessons
    5. New Beginnings
    6. Sharing Life Lessons
    7. Beware the Speeding Porsche
  11. Chapter Seven - JACQUES “JAC” NASSER NEW LIFE AFTER A LONG CAREER
    1. Going to Work for Ford
    2. At Ford Headquarters
    3. Assessing a Life at Ford
    4. Deciding What Not to Do
    5. A New Role
  12. Chapter Eight - DURK JAGER PEACE OF MIND AND WALKING AWAY
    1. Joining P&G
    2. A Quick Exit
    3. Lessons from P&G
  13. Chapter Nine - JAMIE DIMON THE ULTIMATE COMEBACK
    1. Focused on Success
    2. A Financial Empire Is Created
    3. The Citigroup Deal
    4. The Firing of Jamie Dimon
    5. Trying on Opportunities
    6. Joining Bank One
    7. Back to New York
  14. Chapter Ten - DALE DAWSON PURSUING A LIFE OF PASSION
    1. Getting Up Before Everyone Else
    2. In Pursuit of Passion
    3. Purpose for the Second Half of Life
    4. No Regrets
  15. Notes
  16. Acknowledgments
  17. About the Authors
  18. Index