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Become a better crisis leader while equipping yourself with the tools for every day transformative leadership Today, in an instant, leaders can find themselves face-to-face with crisis. An active shooter. A media controversy. A data breach. In You're It, the faculty of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard University takes you to the front lines of some Become a better crisis leader while equipping yourself with the tools for every day transformative leadership Today, in an instant, leaders can find themselves face-to-face with crisis. An active shooter. A media controversy. A data breach. In You're It, the faculty of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard University takes you to the front lines of some of the toughest decisions facing our nation's leaders-from how to mobilize during a hurricane or in the aftermath of a bombing to halting a raging pandemic. They also take readers through the tough decision-making inside the world's largest companies, hottest startups, and leading nonprofits. The authors introduce readers to the pragmatic model and methods of Meta-Leadership. They show you how to understand what is happening during a moment of crisis and change, what to do about it, and how to hone these skills to lead high-performing teams. Then, when crisis hits, you can pivot to be the leader people follow when it matters most. A book for turbulent times, You're It is essential reading for anyone preparing to lead an adaptive team through crisis and change.


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Become a better crisis leader while equipping yourself with the tools for every day transformative leadership Today, in an instant, leaders can find themselves face-to-face with crisis. An active shooter. A media controversy. A data breach. In You're It, the faculty of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard University takes you to the front lines of some Become a better crisis leader while equipping yourself with the tools for every day transformative leadership Today, in an instant, leaders can find themselves face-to-face with crisis. An active shooter. A media controversy. A data breach. In You're It, the faculty of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard University takes you to the front lines of some of the toughest decisions facing our nation's leaders-from how to mobilize during a hurricane or in the aftermath of a bombing to halting a raging pandemic. They also take readers through the tough decision-making inside the world's largest companies, hottest startups, and leading nonprofits. The authors introduce readers to the pragmatic model and methods of Meta-Leadership. They show you how to understand what is happening during a moment of crisis and change, what to do about it, and how to hone these skills to lead high-performing teams. Then, when crisis hits, you can pivot to be the leader people follow when it matters most. A book for turbulent times, You're It is essential reading for anyone preparing to lead an adaptive team through crisis and change.

30 review for You're It: Crisis, Change, and How to Lead When It Matters Most

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    To be fair, the beginning of the book is tough to get through, but later chapters pay the reader back for that. Plus, intellectually, this stuff is pretty challenging, compared to more self-help style leadership books. I'm just going to list the important things I got out of this: - The authors made emotional intelligence more palatable and easier to understand for me. - The Walk in the Woods technique for negotiation was new to me and cool to learn. - Going to the basement. OMG...I needed to learn To be fair, the beginning of the book is tough to get through, but later chapters pay the reader back for that. Plus, intellectually, this stuff is pretty challenging, compared to more self-help style leadership books. I'm just going to list the important things I got out of this: - The authors made emotional intelligence more palatable and easier to understand for me. - The Walk in the Woods technique for negotiation was new to me and cool to learn. - Going to the basement. OMG...I needed to learn this exactly now. That said, I think a number of readers will probably be turned off by the authors' support of government agencies (when deserved) and their sympathy for Dreamers/DACA. For those readers, this might not be the right book. Also, those readers can go fuck themselves. :) Overall, this was a really helpful read that found me at the absolute best time - when I really needed some of the information and skills. I would recommend it to people who aspire to be leaders, especially those who can see change or crises looming. Confession - did not do the journaling. Sorry, not sorry.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michael Belcher

    A warmed over stew of leadership tenets drawn from a few crisis case studies (e.g. Boston Marathon bombing, Hurricane Katrina and BP oil spill disaster relief operations). The fact that Harvard University Press -- the author's parent organization -- did not chose to publish this book reflects on its lack of scholarly depth. The book is more a testament to NPLI's extensive alumni network than to diligent research and analysis. A warmed over stew of leadership tenets drawn from a few crisis case studies (e.g. Boston Marathon bombing, Hurricane Katrina and BP oil spill disaster relief operations). The fact that Harvard University Press -- the author's parent organization -- did not chose to publish this book reflects on its lack of scholarly depth. The book is more a testament to NPLI's extensive alumni network than to diligent research and analysis.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    The concept of meta leadership, leading down, up, across, and beyond is appropriate for the highly interconnected, digital world in which we lead. This book expands upon the well-developed concept of leadership through influence versus leadership through authority and properly notes that influence is a necessity in solving today's problems. Some other concepts worthy of incorporating into your crisis leadership include the notion that you're it (like or not, ready or not), recognizing and gettin The concept of meta leadership, leading down, up, across, and beyond is appropriate for the highly interconnected, digital world in which we lead. This book expands upon the well-developed concept of leadership through influence versus leadership through authority and properly notes that influence is a necessity in solving today's problems. Some other concepts worthy of incorporating into your crisis leadership include the notion that you're it (like or not, ready or not), recognizing and getting out of the basement as quickly as possible, and taking a walk into the woods to work out conflict. The pandemic environment has provided lots of opportunities for crisis leadership and I can clearly see how these concepts have distinguished those who have led well and those who have not lead well during this time.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Todd Buegler

    I loved this book. I loved it because it got specific. It drilled down in to concepts. I loved it because it used stories and experiences to demonstrate the concepts. I loved it because it was well written I loved it because I've been dealing with a lot of "crisis" lately, and this was helpful. (I really wished I'd read it 5 months ago...pre-pandemic... This was one of the most helpful leadership books I've read in the last couple of years. It is one that i will pull off of y shelf and refer back to I loved this book. I loved it because it got specific. It drilled down in to concepts. I loved it because it used stories and experiences to demonstrate the concepts. I loved it because it was well written I loved it because I've been dealing with a lot of "crisis" lately, and this was helpful. (I really wished I'd read it 5 months ago...pre-pandemic... This was one of the most helpful leadership books I've read in the last couple of years. It is one that i will pull off of y shelf and refer back to in days to come.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Skip

    Meta-leadership takes time to wrap your head around and then to learn. This book does a good job taking real life examples and providing the framework in which to measure your own performance. It would also be suitable for new leaders who are thrust into the limelight, with the caveat that the listen carefully when the authors plead that progression in applying meta-leadership is not always linear. In fact, we often learn more when we apply the tools shared in the book against our less than succ Meta-leadership takes time to wrap your head around and then to learn. This book does a good job taking real life examples and providing the framework in which to measure your own performance. It would also be suitable for new leaders who are thrust into the limelight, with the caveat that the listen carefully when the authors plead that progression in applying meta-leadership is not always linear. In fact, we often learn more when we apply the tools shared in the book against our less than successful moments to find options to which our minds were previously closed.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Daren Bolen

    Good book with great concepts that any leader can use. It is a little too academic in my opinion. I enjoyed reading the real life scenarios present in the book, but some of the analysis was a little overdone. I still recommend this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    James Speiker

    Fascinating discussion about leadership during tragic events. Great lessons.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Freddie

    100 stars! Loved it! It was great to read the work of my instructors at NPLI. Looking forward to seeing the same instructors in another class.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Soundview Executive Book Summaries

    If you review the daily calendar of any business executive, you will probably see meetings with the standard company departments––finance, operations, sales, and HR. What you won’t find is a scheduled meeting for a crisis. In their new book, You’re It: Crisis, Change, and How to Lead When it Matters Most, the co-authors Leonard Marcus, Eric McNulty, Joseph Henderson, and Barry Dorn, propose that crisis management is no longer a matter of if, but when. The different types of crises that can impact If you review the daily calendar of any business executive, you will probably see meetings with the standard company departments––finance, operations, sales, and HR. What you won’t find is a scheduled meeting for a crisis. In their new book, You’re It: Crisis, Change, and How to Lead When it Matters Most, the co-authors Leonard Marcus, Eric McNulty, Joseph Henderson, and Barry Dorn, propose that crisis management is no longer a matter of if, but when. The different types of crises that can impact a business can seem overwhelming. From media controversies, product recalls, and data breaches, to fires, floods, oil spills, hurricanes, active shooters, bombs, and pandemics, every business needs a leader who is capable of stepping forward to calm the panic and make pragmatic decisions in the midst of chaos. Meta Leadership The authors propose a framework of Meta Leadership to underscore the need to remain conscious of the bigger picture as you address: “multiple interconnected factors,” in a crisis. They identify three dimensions within this framework––the person, the situation, and connectivity––and examine them across a diverse range of examples. The Person The ‘you’ in You’re It has a deliberate double meaning. To lead in a crisis, you as an individual will need to suppress your ego and lean on your emotional intelligence to lead the plural ‘you’ who are all involved in the crisis. In the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013, it took only 102 hours to bring the immediate crisis to an end. If the first responders, law enforcement, politicians, business leaders, and citizens of Boston had let their egos drive their individual responses, chaos would have ensued. As it was, everyone knew what was expected of them and demonstrated exceptional leadership and courage––Boston Strong. The Situation Cognitive biases can directly impact your perception of what is going on and blind you to the rapidly emerging reality. When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, city officials were focused on responding to wind damage. Their lack of attention to the accompanying storm surge that overwhelmed the city’s levy system led to the deaths of almost 1,500 residents. The cognitive bias of a “wind event,” left the city unprepared for the eventual “water event,” that Katrina became. Connectivity Crisis management requires a multiple stakeholder solution. Assuming that you are expected to find all the answers or believing that you alone can fix the crisis are recipes for disaster. When the blowout preventer failed on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, it initiated a whole series of separate situations within one crisis – political, environmental, economic, and legal. Each of those situations required a prompt response from pragmatic leaders. Instead, aggressive infighting between multiple state agencies for leadership positions, resources, and media attention, extended the eventual capping of the well by several weeks until September 17, 2010. You’re It is a timely read for turbulent times. The Meta Leadership framework and comprehensive examples will help you be better prepared for any crisis you may have to face. Soundview subscribers get in-depth summaries of the key concepts in best-selling business books (like this one) delivered to them every week! Take your career to new heights by staying up-to-date with the trends and ideas affecting business leaders around the globe.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Scott Duncan

    A little slow to start but contains some great examples and practical models to apply to situations.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ady

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