LEADERSHIP DISPATCHES—New Book Released! (2015)

Imagine you are the newly elected president of your country, waiting to enter office. Just ten days before your inauguration, your country suffers a massive 8.8 earthquake. How do you prepare for the recovery process? How do you bring your country back on track rapidly?
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On February 27, 2010, Chile was rocked by a violent earthquake more powerful than any nuclear bomb ever built. The Chilean earthquake devastated schools, hospitals, roads, and homes, paralyzing the country for weeks and causing economic damage that was equal to 18 percent of Chile’s GDP. This calamity hit just as an incumbent political regime was packing its bags and a new administration was preparing to take office. For most countries, it would have taken years, if not decades, to recover from such an event. Yet, only one year later, Chile’s economy had reached a six percent annual growth rate. How did they do it?

In Leadership Dispatches: Chile’s Extraordinary Comeback from Disaster, Useem, Kunreuther and Michel-Kerjan, who benefited from a mandate from the Chilean Presidency, look at how the nation’s leaders—in government, business, religion, academia, and beyond—facilitated Chile’s recovery. They attribute Chile’s remarkable comeback to a two-part formula consisting of strong national leadership, and deeply rooted institutional practices. Coupled with strategic, deliberative thinking, these levers enabled Chile to bounce back quickly and exceed its prior national performance. The authors make the case that the Chilean story contains lessons for a broad range of organizations and governments the world over.

Large-scale catastrophes of many kinds—from technological meltdowns to disease pandemics—have been on the rise in recent years. Now is the time to seek ideas and guidance from other leaders who have triumphed in the wake of a disaster. In this vein, Leadership Dispatches is both a remarkable story of resilience and an instructive look at how those with the greatest responsibility for a country, company, or community should lead.

What people already say about Leadership Dispatches

Klaus Schwab, Founder and Chairman, World Economic Forum, says: “Three of the world most respected authorities in leadership and risk management join forces to tell us a rare story of courage, determination and the importance of a multi-stakeholder strategy. Their unique checklist can prepare many heads of state and organizations to take charge and do the impossible when their own F-27 will hit. A remarkable book.”

For Angel Gurria, Secretary General, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD),”Leadership Dispatches brilliantly documents concrete experiences in managing risk and responding to disaster; it contributes to longstanding efforts of organizations like the OECD to distill best practices and create a vital platform for knowledge sharing.”

Dutch Leonard at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School, “This book offers important lessons for current and future leaders in countries and organizations that face the possibility of major disruptions. Read this book before disaster strikes! And if you haven’t, then take time to do so when crisis hits. It provides simply the best roadmap that you will find toward the future that you are or will be hoping for.”