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Date of issue: October 3rd 2006
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The Go Point—the moment of truth when you have to say “yes” or “no” when it’s time to get off the fence.
Michael Useem—through dramatic storytelling—shows how to master the art and science of being decisive. He places you smack in the middle of people facing their go point, where actions—or lack of them—determined the fates of individuals, companies, and countries.
• Why on earth did Robert E. Lee send General George Pickett on an almost suicidal charge against the Union lines at Gettysburg?
• How does the leader of a firefighting crew make life-or-death decisions, directing his people—with little information about weather patterns to guide him—to go up or down the mountain? One direction means safety, the other danger.
• You’ve just assumed responsibility for a scandal-wracked corporation, a company teetering on the brink of disaster. What you decide over the course of the next several days will have consequences for thousands of employees and investors. How do you fulfill your responsibilities?
Michael Useem makes you feel as if “you are there,” right in the center of the action. He was there: tramping up and down the mountain where firefighters made their momentous decisions; walking the battlefield at Gettysburg to see for himself just what General Pickett faced before making his ill-fated charge; going into a trading pit where million-dollar buy-and-sell decisions are made that affect fortunes of both the firm and the person making the call.
You’ll discover why some decisions were flawless, perfectly on target, andothers utterly disastrous. Most of all, you’ll learn how to make the right calls yourself, whether you’re changing your career, hiring an assistant, launching a product, or deciding on a potential acquisition or merger.
Smartly written and offering unusual insights into the minds of decision makers such as General Lee, The Go Point will provide the guidance for you to move with confidence when it’s your turn to get off the fence.
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Read information about the authorMichael Useem is William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Professor Useem has completed several studies of corporate organization, ownership, governance, restructuring, and leadership. He author of The Go Point: When It's Time to Decide (Crown Business/Random House, 2006); the co-author and co-editor of Upward Bound: Nine Original Accounts of How Business Leaders Reached Their Summits (Crown Business/Random House, 2003); the author of Leading Up: How to Lead Your Boss So You Both Win (Crown Business/Random House, 2001), The Leadership Moment: Nine True Stories of Triumph and Disaster and Their Lessons for Us All (Random House, 1998), Investor Capitalism: How Money Managers Are Changing the Face of Corporate America (HarperCollins, 1996) and Executive Defense: Shareholder Power and Corporate Reorganization (Harvard University Press, 1993); co-author of Change at Work (Oxford University Press, 1997) and Turbulence in the American Workplace (Oxford University Press, 1991); co-editor of Transforming Organizations (Oxford University Press, 1992); co-author of Educating Managers (Jossey-Bass, 1986); and author of The Inner Circle: Large Corporations and the Rise of Business Political Activity in the U.S. and U.K. (Oxford University Press, 1984).
Michael Useem’s articles have appeared in the Administrative Science Quarterly, California Management Review, Chicago Tribune, Corporate Governance, Directors and Boards, Fast Company, Financial Times, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Sloan Management Review, U.S. News & World Report, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and elsewhere.
Michael Useem has presented programs and seminars on leadership and change with Abbott Laboratories, Accenture, American Express, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Cargill, CEO Academy, China Minsheng Banking Corporation, Citigroup, Cisco Systems, Coca-Cola, Columbia Energy, Comcast, Computer Sciences Corporation, DuPont, Entergy, Eli Lilly, Estee Lauder Companies, Federal Executive Institute, Fidelity Investments, Goldman Sachs, Google, Grupo Santander (Chile), Hartford Insurance, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, ICICI Bank (India), Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly-Clark, KPMG, Lehman Brothers, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Lucent Technologies, McGraw-Hill Companies, Merrill Lynch, Milliken, Morgan Stanley, National Football League, The New York Times, Northrop Grumman, Penske, Petrobras (Brazil), Petroleos de Venezuela, Pew Charitable Trusts, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Samsung, Securities Association of China, Siemens, Singapore General Hospital, Sprint, 3Com Corporation, Thomson Financial, Toyota, Verizon, United Healthcare, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, U.S. Marine Corps, World Economic Forum, and other organizations.
Michael Useem has consulted on governance with Fannie Mae, HealthSouth, Tyco International, and other companies; and on organizational development and change with the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, Organization of American States, and other agencies in Latin America, Asia, and Africa.
Professor Useem’s university teaching includes MBA and executive-MBA courses on leadership and change management, and he offers programs on leadership, teamwork, governance, and decision making for managers in the U.S., Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He also edits the monthly electronic bulletin, Wharton Leadership Digest. He holds a B.S. from the University of Michigan and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.