Losing It! Behaviors and Mindsets that Ruin Careers: Lessons on Protecting Yourself from Avoidable Mistakes
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BILL LANE (Easton, CT) is a renowned management expert and communications coach, as well as a sought-after commentator, writer, and business school lecturer. Jack Welch selected Lane as his head speechwriter, and for 15+ years he helped shape culture and standards at GE's legendary Crotonville Leadership Education Center. Lane has consulted for firms ranging from Hughes Electronics to Ernst + Young. A Green Beret in Vietnam, he later served as civilian congressional liaison officer at the Pentagon, writing testimony for senior Defense Department officials. He authored Jacked Up: How Jack Welch Talked GE Into Becoming the World's Greatest Company.
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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The "One Trick Pony" ...and Other Attributes of Imploded Careers,
This review is from: Losing It! Behaviors and Mindsets that Ruin Careers: Lessons on Protecting Yourself from Avoidable Mistakes (Hardcover)Author ("Jaked Up") Bill Lane served as a speechwriter, a confidant, and an advisor to one of the most powerful CEOs in history, Jack Welch. In "Losing It," Lane shares stories and observations of how good successful people self-destruct due to values or personality flaws they denied or ignored and failed correct. Recent headlines - "Stryker CEO Stephen MacMillan resigns for `family reasons (illicit relationship)'"; "Yahoo CEO resigns over resume discrepancy" - are warning shots for all who feel immune and signal the need for Lane's perspective for continued self-evaluation and self-correction.
Leadership which has been a hot topic throughout my career requires character, critical and constant self-evaluation, and the maturity to make course corrections - "Being able to look at oneself in the cold light of the day, evaluate what you see, and act on that evaluation is a faculty that must be cultivated to keep on track and accelerate."
Lane urges all leaders to be... Read more
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Learning a lot from failures,
This review is from: Losing It! Behaviors and Mindsets that Ruin Careers: Lessons on Protecting Yourself from Avoidable Mistakes (Hardcover)While it is important to learn from success, it's even more important to learn from failures. Bill Lane, the former speechwriter for Jack Welsh, of GE fame, attempts to capture lessons learned from failures in this book.
Bill draws from his own experiences, as well as experiences of top executives from many Fortune 500 companies. He cites examples from AXA-Equitable and Boeing, to name a few other companies.
What I enjoyed about this book:
**The real-life examples. This book is all about concrete tactics and it's very helpful to hear the real-life examples.
**The emphasis on ethics. Bill cites Enron as a counter-example. Enough said.
**The advice to embrace change. This is timeless advice and is key for anyone at any stage of their career, especially in this fast-paced world of today.
**The realistic view of Jack Welsh - the good, the bad and the ugly.
What I didn't care for in this book:... Read more
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
important lessons in career development,
This review is from: Losing It! Behaviors and Mindsets that Ruin Careers: Lessons on Protecting Yourself from Avoidable Mistakes (Hardcover)Lane observed much of what finds its way into his book taking a different look at business as speechwriter for the legendary Jack Welch of General Electric. His background for the book is much broader than this however. After serving in Vietnam, he worked at the Pentagon as a civilian congressional liaison. Teaching and consulting are also elements of his long diverse and interesting career at higher levels of American business and government.
Ranging over a broad field of American business in an entertaining and insightful popular style, the book has timeless lessons, but it is also notably timely especially considering the national economic problems and unethical or reckless business practices giving rise to these. Lane's depictions and lessons regarding how ambitious, talented, and promising business people casually or purposely slip into the Gray Zone of questionable, possibly illegal, and usually eventually self-destructive behavior have obvious relevance to current... Read more
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Losing It 9
Chapter 2: The Integrity Trap and Opportunity 23
Chapter 3: Presiding Is Not Managing 67
Chapter 4: The Imperative of Selective Micromanagement 81
Chapter 5: Dithering and Distractions 89
Chapter 6: Arrogance 99
Chapter 7: Reality 111
Chapter 8: Changing Yourself 125
Chapter 9: Communicate 127
Chapter 10: The Final Word 145
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