You Can't Predict a Hero. From War to Wall Street, Leading in Times of Crisis

  • ID: 1081088
  • Book
  • 240 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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"Joe Grano is one of America′s great business leaders. There′s no one better at leading in a time of crisis."

Lee Iacocca

"I have read many books on ′leadership.′ Joe Grano′s You Can′t Predict a Hero is, quite simply, the best by far. This is a terrific book, for the story it tells, for the lessons it teaches, and for the solutions it offers. I recommend it highly."
George Pataki, former governor of New York

"Whatever the challenge the market crash of ′87, the LTCM (Long–Term Capital Management) crisis, 9/11 Joe Grano is a natural–born leader and he takes charge."
Richard Grasso, former chairman of the New York Stock Exchange

"The first time we didn′t listen to Joe′s advice was the last time we didn′t listen to Joe′s advice. Joe Grano is a believer, a patriot, and above all, a great friend."
Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio

"Joe Grano′s leadership skills were proven in Vietnam. He was simply the best. He′s a recognized warrior, not only in combat but in the boardroom as well. Joe is a true Special Forces soldier."
Lewis C. Merletti, director (retired), United States Secret Service, 5th Special Forces Group Vietnam 1969 1970

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Foreword by Lee Iacocca xi

Preface xiii

1 LEADERS: ARE THEY BORN OR MADE? 3

2 PROBLEMS REQUIRE SOLUTIONS 21

3 BE THE ETERNAL OPTIMIST 51

4 RECONCILE YOURSELF TO SELFISHNESS 69

5 YOU CAN T PREDICT A HERO 89

6 THE TRUTH IS NEVER WRONG 101

7 HUMANITY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN HIERARCHY 117

8 SEPTEMBER 11, 2001 143

9 CAN A LEADER PROSPER WITHOUT A MISTRESS? 163

10 QUEEN FOR A DAY 175

Epilogue: Reach, Lift, and Embrace 199

About the Authors 207

Acknowledgments 209

Index 211

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Joseph J. Grano, Jr. is chairman and CEO of Centurion Holdings LLC, a company that advises private and public companies. From 2001–2004, Grano was chairman of UBS Financial Services, Inc. (formerly UBS PaineWebber). Having joined the company in 1988, Grano is credited for turning PaineWebber around and shepherding its merger with Swiss banking giant UBS. Grano began his career as a stock broker at Merrill Lynch, where he rose to various senior management positions over sixteen years. He was also chairman of the Board of Governors of the NASD. A decorated war hero, Grano was chosen by the White House to be chairman of the President′s Homeland Security Advisory Council after 9/11, a position he held from 2002–2005. The recipient of countless awards for leadership, civic contributions, as well as honorary degrees, he is involved in a wide range of educational and philanthropic endeavors. Grano is also a producer of the Tony Award–winning Broadway smash Jersey Boys.

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Mark Levine has written and collaborated on more than thirty books, including the bestsellers Second Acts, Die Broke, and Lifescripts, as well as hundreds of magazine articles. He lives in Ithaca, New York.

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