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The Go Point: When It's Time to Decide -- Knowing What to Do and When to Do It The Go Point: When It's Time to Decide -- Knowing What to Do and When to Do It

by Michael Useem

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"Great decisions are the hallmark of a successful executive. In The Go Point, Michael Useem provides invaluable insight into how to make the critical call."
--Larry Bossidy, retired chairman and CEO of Honeywell International and coauthor of Execution and Confronting Reality

"The Go Point is a tour de force of a tour through battlefields and boardrooms, illuminating the differences between brilliant and tragic decisions. Michael Useem is a wise, witty, and understanding guide whose insights can dramatically improve leadership and decision-making skills. Go for it!"
--Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School, bestselling author of Confidence: How Winning Streaks & Losing Streaks Begin and End

"Michael Useem has studied the qualities of leadership more thoroughly than anyone I know. He knows what it takes to be an effective leader -- in the boardroom or on the slopes of Mt. Everest -- and, in The Go Point, he spells out in plain English the consequences of making hard and fast decisions, when they matter most and impact teams of people. There are plenty of books on leadership but few that explain how to take a team from one place to the next. This one is the best."
--Maria Bartiromo, journalist and CNBC anchor

"This exciting book is a valuable guide to effective decision making. The Go Point's great strength is to put the reader inside the heads of fascinating, often heroic people as they seek to 'get it right,' under pressure and with incomplete information."
--Steven Kerr, managing director and chief learning officer, Goldman Sachs & Co.

"A hallmark of any successful leader is decisiveness. Part instinct, part studied judgment, it is knowing when a decision must be made -- and making it. Sometimes events allow thoughtful, full consideration. Other times, however, circumstance dictates an immediate choice, in the face of daunting uncertainty. In The Go Point, Michael Useem identifies the essence of what it takes to prepare for moments of decision. He draws from an array of compelling accounts to help us appreciate what is essential for decisive decision making when it really counts."
--Peter M. Dawkins, vice chairman, Citigroup Global Wealth Management, U.S. Army Brigadier General (Ret.)

"Ralph Waldo Emerson famously wrote of Napoleon: 'Here was a man who, in each moment and emergency, knew what to do next . . . he never for a moment lost sight of his way onward, in the dazzle and uproar of the present circumstance. He knew what to do, and he flew to his mark.' How did such a man develop? How does any leader know what to do and when to do it? Here Michael Useem, one of America's foremost thinkers about leadership, unravels that mystery in a fast-paced, well-written, and unforgettable book. Highly recommended for everyone with courage for the arena!"
--David Gergen, professor of public service, director, Center for Public Leadership, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

"It doesn't matter how much talent, intelligence, creativity, or reputation you possess, at some point you must put it all at risk and make a decision. At this point -- the go point -- all your intricate analyses and intentions crystallize into action and you create the future. It's a scary moment, a moment that both challenges you and defines you. In his latest book, Michael Useem walks you up close to it, and, with examples from some of the most pivotal go points in human endeavor, shows you how to master it. This is by far the most practical book on decision making I have ever read."
--Marcus Buckingham, author of First, Break All the Rules; Now, Discover Your Strengths; and The One Thing You Need to Know