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5,0 von 5 SternenInspiring and accessible--and riveting, to boot
5. Oktober 2017 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Remarkable! A multi-dimensional work about multi-dimensional people—and rarely has anyone been allowed such a privileged glimpse inside the minds (and the general human messiness) of leaders as they navigate challenges. This work does not belong on a bookshelf in a dust jacket like so many “leadership” volumes—it belongs, well-thumbed, on the couch, in a purse, and most importantly, in everyday, animated conversation about Shackleton, Carson, and others as the fully-fleshed, crushingly human individuals shown in these pages.
5,0 von 5 SternenLooking Behind to Find Our Path Forward
7. Oktober 2017 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Moving and necessary! At a time when America and the world are hungry for visionary leadership, this is a must-read. I've had the good fortune of seeing Dr. Koehn lecture numerous times, but it takes reading this book to fully appreciate the breadth and power of her intellect and passion. Some of these stories will be familiar -- like those of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. Others are lesser known -- like that of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, anti-Nazi theologian and spy who gave his life resisting Hitler's terror. All of them are powerfully relevant--especially as told by Dr. Koehn who uncovers new insights and eloquently distills connections to today.
Nancy Koehn's Forged in Crisis is a book for our time. As we seek leaders with discipline, vision and a higher purpose, Ms. Koehn's book reveals five individuals who learned to be great leaders during pivotal moments in history and culture. These individuals were able to find a higher purpose and calling in very trying circumstances. Through the discovery of inner strength and purpose, these individuals honed their leadership abilities and provided real change in the world. We can all draw inspiration from these well-told biographies. A compelling and uplifting read!
4,0 von 5 SternenGive This Book A Chance. I'm Quite Sure You Will Enjoy It
17. Juli 2018 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I have had this book in my library for a full year and have avoided reading it believing it to be rather heavy reading but decided it was time to give the book a shot. I found author Nancy Koehn's reading style interesting and easy to follow. The book took her over ten years to write but she has weaved a very interesting story of five individuals who, despite their self-doubts and periods of despondency, soldiered on and completed their overwhelming task. Shackleton had the task of returning his group home from his iced-in ship in Antarctic waters. Lincoln vowed to keep the country as one during the Civil War. Douglass poured his efforts into eradicating slavery. Bornhoeffer gave his life fighting against Germany's Third Reich. Lastly Rachel Carson fought for environmental concerns and the abolishment of harmful pesticides.
In weaving her story about each individual author Koehn points out leadership qualities involved that the person displayed and probably didn't know they possessed and how these same qualities the reader can use in their own life. If you are interested in learning what made these persons "tick" in these crucial situations you should find this book interesting reading. I initially feared the book would discourage me from continuing onward but, thankfully, this was not the case. Give the book a chance. I believe you will enjoy it. The book contains eight pages of photos.
Years ago, I read and was moved by John F. Kennedy's great book, "Profiles in Courage." For this generation and in this time of political and social crises, there is Harvard Business School professor Nancy Koehn's excellent new book, "Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times." Her profiles in courage focus on Ernest Shackleton, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and Rachel Carson, whose stories she tells with an extraordinary depth and breadth of knowledge and with a can't-put-it-down style of writing -- a combination that can't be beat. Leaders are made, not born, Koehn argues, and people like these rise to the occasions they're confronted with in heroic ways. As she writes in her introduction, leaders are "effective, decent...people of purpose and commitment who want to make a positive difference and who choose to rise: first within themselves, by claiming their better selves, and then on the large stage, by staking out the higher ground." This is definitely an important book for our times.