Making A Difference

Making A Difference

Stories of Vision and Courage From America's Leaders

Book - 2012
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As a follow up to his phenomenal New York Times bestselling memoir, Highest Duty, Captain Chesley B. "Sully" Sullenberger explores exactly what it takes to lead and inspire. In Making a Difference, one of the most captivating American heroes of this century--the courageous pilot who brought the crippled US Airways Flight 1549 safely down in New York's Hudson River--engages some of the most accomplished men and women in the fields of technology, medicine, education, sports, philanthropy, finance, law, and the military in inspiring conversations on true leadership. With powerful thoughts and invaluable guidance from such notables as former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, legendary baseball manager Tony LaRussa, NASA Flight Director Eugene Kranz, and Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Making a Difference is a potential life-changer that stands with Katie Couric's The Best Advice I Ever Got, Lee Iaococca's Where Have All the Leaders Gone, Michael J. Fox's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future, and other classic volumes that celebrate human achievement and triumph over adversity.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061924705
Branch Call Number: 303. 34 SUL
Characteristics: x, 318 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Century, Douglas


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Aug 02, 2012

I thought there would be more focus on altruism and helping society as a whole, but this focus seemed more on business and even military. The last section gives a summary of the whole book, if you don't want to wade through all the verbage. It is the best part of the book, in my opinion.
"Essential Questions
1. Have you identified your guiding values so that you have a strongmoral compass to help you select your goals and make decisions that are in alignment with your values?
2. Are you investing in yourself through lifelong learning, including learning from failure, so that you feel prepared for both the best and the worst?
3. Do you exhibit integrity, humility, courage, and compassion?
4. Do your actions match your words?
5. Is your goal the greater good, or only your own needs?
6. Are you striving for a level of mastery that will allow you to practice realistic optimism and long-term thinking even when dealing with short-term crisis?
7. For each mission or task, do you set priorities, clearly articulate a direction to head in, explain to your team how to proceed, and clarify each member's role, thus creating a shared sense of responsibility for the outcome?
8. Do you have the ability to focus on what matters and filter out distractions?
9. Do you have the confidence and courage to seize the opportunity when it arises or to rise to the occasion when it comes?"

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