Leadership Wipeout: The Story of an Executive's Crash and Rescue

Published By: Expert Publishing

Book Category: Non-Fiction, Business & Economics

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Reviewed by Bob Pike CSP, CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame

Can leaders learn to listen? Does there come a point where executives feel there is nothing more to learn, that they've been at it too long? Is it really true that there comes a point where you as a leader believe that you've "been there, done that?"

Having been an executive myself for more than 35 years, I can say that at least for me (and I suspect many other executives) the answer is "yes"--just as it was for Ben Stevens, the central character in Bolton's book.

Stevens is stressed out, but doesn't know what to do about it. He's losing ground personally and professionally and the last thing he needs is a ski vacation. There are too many mountains to climb both at home and at the office. But it's a gift from his family, so he goes.

There's an old saying, "When the student is ready, the teacher appears." And for Ben that teacher comes in the form of retired CEO turned ski instructor, Ed Davis.

The lessons don't come easy and lots must happen to get his attention. It is said that fatigue makes cowards of us all. Fatigue and stress certainly cloud Ben's judgment as he attempts a double black diamond expert slope, probably on the theory that when you know how to ride a bike, you can always ride a bike. But that depends on where you choose to ride.

Ben's disastrous "mother of all wipeouts" finally brings him to the point where he is ready to hear what he needs to hear and learn what he needs to learn to transform his personal and professional life.

The practical lessons of personal and professional renewal will be welcomed by many leaders who truly want to add value and make a difference in their organizations--and homes, but who have been so busy that they've lost sight of what's important to stay focused on what seems urgent.

Armchair Interviews says: We highly recommend Leadership Wipeout.

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