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New book offers career recovery plan

Firing Back: How Great ­Leaders Rebound After Career Disasters
Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Andrew Ward
Harvard Business School Press

Is it possible to rescue your career and restore your reputation after a major professional setback?

In an age when we’re bombarded with press accounts of disgraced CEOs, politicians and celebrities, this question is more important than ever.

In Firing Back, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Andrew Ward, an assistant professor of management at the Terry College of Business, lay out a novel five-step recovery process: “Fight, not flight (face the difficult situation), “Recruit others into battle” (enlist the right assistance), “Rebuild heroic stature” (spread the true nature of adversity), “Prove your mettle” (regain trust and credibility) and “Rediscover the heroic mission” (clear the past and chart the future).

Anchored in original research and decades of scholarly studies across fields, this book is packed with engrossing stories and first-hand accounts from humbled CEOs and executives from firms as esteemed as GE, Home Depot, Morgan Stanley, Apple, Staples and Hewlett-Packard.

Firing Back offers a clear plan for any businessperson who needs to recover from career setbacks, lost prestige and reputation.