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Every day at work, millions of people face personal or professional crises. Companies must deal with employees who are sick, broke or in distress, and the employees themselves must get through hard times. Part self-help book, part business book, this useful manual shows you a four-step system for surviving a major problem by “staying frosty, securing support, standing tall” and “saving your future.” Corporate crisis management expert Jim Moorhead draws on his personal experience and includes many heartbreaking examples from survivors of a range of calamities. He covers people who’ve made it through divorce, cancer and drug addiction. As a second theme, though it might be a small stretch, he cites useful experiences from companies faced with corporate emergencies like product recalls and public relations disasters. getAbstract recommends this practical guidebook to a wide audience: employees facing personal trials, HR managers and line managers supervising workers in crises, and executives facing corporate problems.

About the Author

Jim Moorhead lost a statewide election, and his employer – a fiber optics company – collapsed in the dot-com bust. He now coaches businesspeople and political candidates on managing personal and professional crises, and he comments on crisis management for major TV networks.

 

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Handling Your Crisis

Employees face personal and professional crises every day: failing marriages, sick children, unaffordable mortgages, frozen salaries, and more. The nonprofit Grief Recovery Institute estimates that hidden grief drains a $75 billion payment from American companies each year “in reduced productivity, increased errors and accidents.” To manage a personal or professional crisis with less loss, follow these four steps:

1. “Stay Frosty”

Staying frosty means taking action but remaining calm. To get a grip, write a plan for managing your crisis. Pretend you are a detective who must gather facts for a case. Observe and evaluate your situation using an outsider’s perspective. Writing about your problems will force you to face them. Answer questions like these to diagnose your situation: What is your crisis? What are your goals for handling it? What brought the problem to your attention? How do you feel about this situation? What do you know right now? What do you need to find out? Who can help you? What could happen that might worsen the situation? How can you cure this crisis?

Define what aspects of the problem you can “own” and “control.” ...


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    J. L. 5 years ago
    Experienced people (whether good or bad) can speak from experience and we should listen. They have a story and we can learn by listening. Thanks.
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    T. F. 7 years ago
    Nothing new in this book.
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    M. S. 8 years ago
    Good summary, easy to read and catching all important points of the book!
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    A. R. 8 years ago
    goog......
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    J. I. 8 years ago
    The book really tried to highlight spurious crisis any good organization needs to tackle for it to achieve total Quality management and staff performance.
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    s. w. 8 years ago
    very fine
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    s. p. 8 years ago
    good.Every day at work, millions of people face personal or professional crises. Companies must deal with employees who are sick, broke or in distress, and the employees themselves must get through hard times. Part self-help book, part business book, this useful manual shows you a four-step system for surviving a major problem by “staying frosty, securing support, standing tall” and “saving your future.” Corporate crisis management expert Jim Moorhead draws on his personal experience and includes many heartbreaking examples from survivors of a range of calamities. He covers people who’ve made it through divorce, cancer and drug addiction. As a second theme, though it might be a small stretch, he cites useful experiences from companies faced with corporate emergencies like product recalls and public relations disasters. getAbstract recommends this practical guidebook to a wide audience: employees facing personal trials, HR managers and line managers supervising workers in crises, and executives facing corporate problems.
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    j. k. 8 years ago
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    C. M. 8 years ago
    good
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    J. M. 8 years ago
    Good summary of what appears to be a truly horrible book.
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    E. K. 8 years ago
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    g. h. 8 years ago
    This is truly a very good article to prepare for future upcomings
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    J. M. 8 years ago
    IT WAS BASICALLY IMPOSIBLE TO DOWNLOAD...AT THE SAME TIME I WAS DOWNLOADING OTHERS SUPPLIERS SAMPLES AND THEIRS WORKED FINE...
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    G. P. 8 years ago
    well it is great
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    S. S. 8 years ago
    I would summarize this summary very simply: Have a risk management plan and make sure you've identified all of your risks so that the plan is effective.
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    A. 8 years ago
    Very nice. Quick and deep. The quotes on the side provide an effective take on the text
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    A. J. 8 years ago
    Very applicable both for business and personal life. Clear easy to follow suggestions.
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    J. N. 8 years ago
    Great concepts. The summary makes you think about yourself instantly. Easy to highlight, underline, and save in a PDF format.
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    M. H. 8 years ago
    Thank you! How strangely relevant. Several points were not fully with me - yet. I made notes and stuff . . . I will get in order.
    I appreciate being able to read the material so instantly. Thank you again, Marshall Hobart
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    b. d. 8 years ago
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    A. G. 8 years ago
    The book really tried to highlight spurious crisis any good organization needs to tackle for it to achieve total Quality management and staff performance.
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    J. M. 8 years ago
    This is a good book for beginners. Focusing on the solution instead of the cause of the problem are so very common. This book may avert many from mistakes. Thank you.
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    P. N. 8 years ago
    has inspired me to get hold of the book
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    P. N. 8 years ago
    very good for young leaders of tommorrow
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    B. A. 8 years ago
    Great!
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    O. A. 8 years ago
    This is a must read for young and up-coming managers. It focuses on the realities on ground before taking a decision.
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    R. N. 8 years ago
    I have never read a book that covers almost all aspect of a person's life like this one.Its a must have for me.
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    V. M. 8 years ago
    It's really strange but I'm not able to make highlights and strikeout at the summary page. I have tried in 3 different browser. Really strange .
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      Vladislav Makarov 8 years ago
      and also I'm not able to make comments in full screen mode. is it also software bug?
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      Vladislav, yes, there is a identified bug when highlighting and strikeout at the summary. We are working on the fix, we let you know once the fix gets released.
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    J. M. 8 years ago
    I WAS able to get this to work by bypassing Chrome and using IE
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    J. M. 8 years ago
    Unable to get either the PDF or Kindle versions to work.
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    R. M. 9 years ago
    wish I could share this with my sister as she is always in crisis mode.
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    U. A. 9 years ago
    very insightful. umar aliyu
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    k. c. 9 years ago
    I love this book. The biggest mistake business leaders make in crisis is they often disappear. This is bad for their "brand" and doesn't help them to gather support or the information they need to dig out of the hole.
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    M. X. 9 years ago
    For every person in management level would benefit a great information by reading the book
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    E. D. 9 years ago
    inspiring. thanks
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    S. S. 9 years ago
    Some insights to keep handy anytime....and applicable in daily life. Good combination of brain and intellectual. Kudos .
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    Y. C. 9 years ago
    find it very useful.
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    A. M. 9 years ago
    this book seems promising
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    M. S. 9 years ago
    Condensed well. Easy step by step summary which can be immediately applied.
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    V. V. 9 years ago
    Super Write!!!
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    N. K. 9 years ago
    So Useful and Compact !
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    D. W. 9 years ago
    Thanks for the insights. I have learned them the hard way and so not new to me.

    This is very good for someone who wants to excel but gets held back by how they handle a crisis.
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    C. B. 9 years ago
    short but some good insights... much of it is common sense if you can think along those lines.
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    g. b. 9 years ago
    It is good and fine though, short.
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    a. s. 9 years ago
    I have skepticism about such instant solution books, and the summary did nothing to convert me to a believer. Overcoming a crisis requires resolve and sudden insights and a burning desire for turnaround, and I am not sure how a prescription in a book can facilitate that process , as if by magic. However, I shall still be curious and would look out for the book to check on the ability of the author to really catalyze the transformation process in the lives of individuals or organizations.
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      Sanjay Sudhakaran 9 years ago
      Well said.
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    H. S. 9 years ago
    I think the summary has influenced me alot thanks to getAbstract.com.This book is great and one realizes how to handle things when they sometimes go wrong or totally in a different situation.!
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      Myriam Beder 9 years ago
      absolutly correct specially in personal matters
      Myriam B - 12 april2012