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BOOK REVIEW: “Leading in Turbulent Times” by Peter Lorange (2010)

Jeff Immelt, CEO of General Electric, has said that anyone could have run the corporation in the 1990s. Conditions were so favorable that “a dog could have run GE” he claims. Not very flattering for his predecessor, Jack Welch!

Still, leadership is certainly easier when the economic outlook is good. The real test is during an economic downturn and given the difficult past 5 years books of this sort are more than welcome.

Peter Lorange has had one of the most illustrious careers in academia. Having begun his career teaching at MIT Sloan School of Management and Wharton, he then went on to become President of BI, Oslo and then IMD, Lausanne. He retired from this last position in 2009 but instead of dedicating his time to golf he bought the GSBA, Zurich and renamed it the Lorange Institute of Business. You might conclude that he has quite a bit to say on leadership and you would be right. This is an excellent book.

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BOOK REVIEW: “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey (2004)

On July 16, 2012, Steven Covey died at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, Idaho. His death was related to a biking accident. Covey had been a university professor and had written one of the most successful business and personal development books ever written.7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Some management books are worth reading a second time. A few are worthy of a third consideration. However, it is very rare indeed to find a book that is worth reading over and over again. This makes “The 7 Habits” a very special piece of work. More than 25 million copies of the book have been sold in 38 languages. In 2011, Time listed it as one of “The 25 Most Influential Business Management Books.”

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