OK, so investor confidence still needs a kick in the pants, your stocks still aren't seeing the jump you'd hope they would have by now, some nagging companies keep asking the big man for more money, and then of course there's the real estate market. But it's also hard to avoid the few rays of light that are beginning to break through the clouds: increased levels of leveraged finance are starting to come into play, the Dow is undeniably up and the dollar may or may not be gaining value.
But even if Wall Street is showing signs of recovery, there's no doubt that the trickle-down effect will take some time. Instead of wearing out the carpet in anticipation, business leaders should take a hard look at what we've been through (and are working our way out of) so we can avoid similar catastrophes in the future. As Nicolo Macchiavelli once said, "Never waste the opportunities offered by a good crisis."
To that effect, we're giving away a free (yes, free—when's the last time you got anything for free??) copy of HBS management expert and former CEO Bill George's latest book: 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis (note the equally-hard-to-get five-star rating on Amazon). Hot off the press, the book offers guidance for leadership in difficult times, and features examples from leaders including Sam Palmisano from IBM, Carly Fiorina from HP and Steve Jobs.
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