"Sonnenfeld and Ward show how to rise Phoenix-like from the ashes. Their account of the psychological and behavioural foundations of that important quality--resilience - is important reading for everyone who will ever face a reversal of fortune." --Jeffrey Pfeffer, Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University Is it possible to rescue your career and restore your reputation after a major professional setback? In an age rife with press accounts of disgraced CEOs, politicians, and celebrities -- as well as courageous but beleaguered whistleblowers and victims of rivals or envious colleagues and bosses -- this question has grown more important than ever. In Firing Back, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Andrew Ward answer the question with a resounding "Yes." They go on to lay out a practical and an important five-step process for actually recovering from setbacks. Following these steps will help guide you through the difficult circumstances, rebuild your reputation, and chart a new future.
The authors also explore strategies for surmounting common barriers to career recovery, including tricky corporate cultures and psychological stresses. Anchored in decades of research and scholarly studies across multiple fields, this book is packed with engrossing stories and first-hand accounts from humbled but restored CEOs and executives from firms as diverse as General Electric, The Home Depot, Morgan Stanley, Apple, Staples, and Hewlett-Packard.
Jeffrey Sonnenfeld is the Senior Associate Dean for Executive Programs at Yale University's School of Management. He is also the founder, president, and CEO of the Yale-affiliated Chief Executive Leadership Institute. Andrew Ward is an Assistant Professor at the Terry College of Business, University of Georgia.