Stronger In The Broken Places

James Lee Witt & James Morgan


In Circulation

From the former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, how to manage your business in the face of challenge, change, and potential disaster

For James Lee Witt, the man who rebuilt America's emergency response system, the most inspiring and effective lessons--about responsibility, team building, planning, and taking action--have guided real-life heroes through extraordinary situations. These lessons can be applied to business to guide you through the pressures you face each week--or once in a career or a lifetime.

Whether describing earthquake preparation in California, moving a Missouri town out of a floodplain, or shoring up walls and spirits after the Oklahoma City bombing, Witt captures the moments when leaders step forward, how they motivate others, and what they need to triumph over adversity. Witt's home-spun wisdom teaches us to "Tear Down the Stovepipes" to build effective teamwork by thinking horizontally, not vertically; to find energizing people who improve morale, whether a V.P.'s secretary or a key client, since "A Lightning Rod Works Both Ways"; and to establish systems for capturing what happens--what goes right and what goes wrong--to ensure that every challenge leaves you "Stronger in the Broken Places."

To bring home the ten lessons in this inspiring and useful book, Witt shares examples and strategies from corporations--from Malden Mills and Intel to Swissair and Kmart--who have overcome crisis by applying the same principles to their business every day.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Crisis Management: The book emphasizes the importance of effective crisis management and preparedness in dealing with disasters, both natural and human-made.

  2. Lessons from FEMA: Witt shares insights from his tenure at FEMA, highlighting the strategies, challenges, and successes in responding to various crises, including hurricanes, floods, and terrorist attacks.

  3. Leadership and Collaboration: Effective leadership and collaboration among government agencies, local authorities, and community leaders are crucial in managing crises and facilitating recovery.

  4. Resilience and Adaptability: The book explores how communities can bounce back and become stronger after a crisis by demonstrating resilience, adaptability, and a sense of unity.

  5. Preparedness and Planning: Preparedness is key in minimizing the impact of disasters. The book discusses the importance of planning, training, and education in disaster readiness.

  6. Community Engagement: Engaging communities in disaster preparedness and response efforts is vital. Building partnerships and involving local residents can enhance response capabilities.

  7. Communication Strategies: Effective communication, both within response teams and with the public, is essential during a crisis. Clarity, transparency, and timeliness are crucial elements.

  8. Learning from Mistakes: Acknowledging and learning from past mistakes is important for improving crisis management and response strategies in the future.

  9. Human Stories of Resilience: The book highlights individual stories of resilience and triumph amidst adversity, showcasing the human spirit's ability to overcome challenges.

  10. Continuous Improvement: Witt advocates for continuous improvement in disaster management, emphasizing the need to evolve strategies based on lessons learned from each crisis.

Language English
ISBN-10 0-8050-7449-X
ISBN-13 9780805070002
No of pages 241
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Times Books
Published Date 09 Oct 2002

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