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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert D. Austin, Richard L. Nolan, Shannon O'Donnell Narrator: Don Hagen, Walter Dixon Publisher: Gildan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781596596481
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Meet Jim Barton-new CEO of Santa Monica Aerospace. Jim's job won't be easy: the company's hemorrhaging cash, struggling to regain investors' trust after an accounting scandal, and striving to transform its military and manufacturing culture to become a global aerospace integrator.

Jim isn't real; Harder Than I Thought is a novel. But his story-developed in consultation with seasoned, flesh-and-blood CEOs-contains crucial lessons for all chief executives. Walk in Jim's shoes, and engage in challenges including:

  • Formulating and executing strategy
  • Cultivating a management team capable of outlier performance
  • Working with a multi-generational board
  • Managing financial and labor crises
  • Fostering a culture of innovation and continuous transformation
  • Forging global partnerships
  • Making ethical choices in an increasingly transparent environment
As events in each chapter push Barton to the edge of his abilities, he seeks council from a panel of expert advisors. These collaborative reflections invite you to apply the lessons to your own situation.

Experts agree that many 20th century leadership practices are inadequate to the stormy 21st century present. This engaging and provocative audio book equips you with the insights you'll need to rise with the occasion of a rapidly shifting business landscape.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If you want to prepare yourself for the incredibly difficult and complex job of CEO, read this book. Using their extensive knowledge of top-level management, the authors weave an excellent and engrossing fictional account of the challenges faced by Jim Barton as he takes charge of an aerospace company facing significant business problems.”

    Michael Beer, Professor Emeritus, Harvard Business School

  • “Entertaining and edifying—a rare combination for a business book.”

    Frank McKenna, Deputy Chairman, TD Bank Group

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About the Author

Robert D. Austin is dean of the faculty of Business Administration at the University of New Brunswick and Professor (on leave) of Management of Innovation and Creativity at Copenhagen Business School.

About the Narrators

Don Hagen has been behind the microphone since fifth grade. He is a nine-time winner of the Peer Award for narration/voice-over and twice winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award. He has also been heard in radio and television commercials and documentaries. In addition to his freelance voice work, he is a member of the audiobook narration team at the Library of Congress.

Walter Dixon is a broadcast media veteran of more than twenty years’ experience with a background in theater and performing arts and voice work for commercials. After a career in public radio, he is now a full-time narrator with more than fifty audiobooks recorded in genres ranging from religion and politics to children’s stories.