Crisis Leadership: How to lead in times of crisis, threat and uncertainty

Crisis Leadership: How to lead in times of crisis, threat and uncertainty

by Tim Johnson


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Anyone in a leadership position today knows that we live in uncertain times, and disaster can strike any business, at any time, usually without warning. From the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the oil disaster of Deepwater Horizon, to Malaysia Airlines' loss of two planes, corporations are coming to realize that the impossible can happen all too easily. Public institutions, too, face a range of threats--from global recession, resurgent terrorism, and a stream of appalling natural disasters. For leaders in such organizations, these crisis situations can present both opportunities and threats. How they lead their companies through such challenging times will propel their careers to new heights-–or destroy them completely.

Crisis Leadership examines the challenges faced by leaders at each stage of the crisis "lifecycle," from the instant they learn of the crisis, through to moments of critical decision-making and the final tumultuous days. Featuring interviews with General Stanley McChrystal, who was the top Commander of American forces in Afghanistan, and Sir Mervyn King, ex-Governor of the Bank of England, the book offers a unique insight into the lessons learned by people in the most challenging of situations, such as Malaysia Airlines (MH17 and MH370, plus the ensuing bankruptcy), Thomas Cook (Corfu deaths), Toyota (Prius recalls), HSBC (tax avoidance and US subsidiary issues), World Health Organisation (the Ebola and Zika outbreaks), and FIFA (corruption scandal).

Blended with operational guidance from the author's extensive experience in crisis management, Tim Johnson offers an overview of the crisis "lifecycle" to ensure that readers will come away from this book with a honed understanding of the critical nature of each key stage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781472942821
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/16/2018
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,233,202
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tim Johnson is Chief Operating Officer of Regester Larkin, and his clients include British Airways, the European Central Bank, AstraZeneca, and Standard Chartered Bank. His specific areas of expertise are risk management and organizational resilience. In addition to advising clients, Tim also oversees the development and management of Regester Larkin's operations in the the Americas, Middle East, and Asia.

Table of Contents


Part One

1. What is a crisis? And what is effective crisis leadership?
2. Giving ourselves a fighting chance of succeeding

Part Two

3. Commencing crisis leadership
4. The challenges of making decision and setting (early) strategy
5. Crisis team leadership
6. Crisis leadership in public
7. Crisis leadership in private
8. When crisis leadership ends

Part Three

9. Preparing crisis leaders


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