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Better Under Pressure: How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Themselves and Others

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Most business leaders can take only so much pressure before their performance slides. Yet some CEOs deliver their greatest successes when times get toughest—when customers’ preferences are shifting away from a company’s products, when new regulations are shrinking profit margins, when political unrest is destroying supply lines.

In Better Under Pressure, Justin Menkes
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 3rd 2011 by Harvard Business Review Press
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Nick
Oct 30, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another entry to a crowded bookshelf of advice for leaders. Menkes' insight is that leaders who do well score high on three variables: realistic optimism, subservience to purpose, and finding order in chaos. There's a little more to it than that, and many stories of CEOs who manage all three of these things well, but overall the book feels slight. It's not that it isn't well observed; it is. It's just that it doesn't feel like Menkes has re-thought leadership in general, or offered us a ...more
Miranda Moberg Diaz
Good read on managing emotional aspects of leadership, highlighted by profiles of both successful and failing CEOs. Keys according to Menkes include the ability to re-frame a dire situation into an opportunity to drive action, and being able to critically identify the most crucial pieces of a given situation in the face of a crisis. Almost a 5 star read as it strongly resonated with me in identifying the most glaring weaknesses of young leaders.
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A must-read book on executive ability in managing your career.
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Great read...
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