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The Boss Wrote a Book. So, What Happens Now?

John Hillen

Now, you buy at Amazon. But I am getting ahead of myself.

Up on the commanding heights of his chairmanship of the board of National Review Inc., when he isn’t overwhelmed with the lunacy that some of us (okay, me) conjure up daily, John Hillen — warrior, professor, entrepreneur — finds time to put pen to paper. Which he did a lot of last year, together with Mark Nevins, and the tag team has produced a terrific new book, What Happens Now? Reinvent Yourself as a Leader Before Your Business Outruns You.

In addition to having its own groovy website, the book has received some extremely strong accolades. Such as:

David McCormick, Bridgewater Association CEO: “Hillen and Nevins have hit the mark in describing what it takes to lead at the highest levels of dynamic organizations. Based on my own experiences as a CEO, their key insight rings true: as organizations change and grow, their leaders must adopt new mindsets and behaviors rather than relying solely on those that have made them successful in the past. Adaptability and agility, they rightly argue, will be distinguishing characteristics of those leaders who succeed and a notable gap for those who fail. This is an important book for leaders taking on new challenges and asking what they must do to rise to the occasion.”

General Stan McChrystal: “John Hillen and Mark Nevins astutely focus on how leaders must behave in order to become adaptable in today’s increasingly dynamic world. What Happens Now? is a necessary read for leaders combatting the reality that what worked in the past will no longer be good enough in the near future.”

Larry Kudlow: “Over the many years I have watched and commented on the best performing companies, I’ve observed the best leaders reinvent themselves and their role as fast as they’ve grown their firm. This book helps leaders see challenges in advance and charts a way for them to stay out in front of their enterprise as they take it to new heights. A pragmatic and insightful model for executive development in growing companies.”

Okay, so maybe you aren’t a business leader per se. But if you are, or if you know one, this book is something you just have to have, and maybe even to give, because of this fact: The same person who might achieve success creating a company will likely find himself deficient in the skills needed to grow it. I’m going to go out on that limb (maybe I should lose a few pounds first) and say What Happens Now? has the secret sauce, if not the entire recipe, that business leaders need to take on the challenge of growth.

We’re excited for John and Mark because the early indications are that this book is really catching on. So again, order your copies of What Happens Now? (and because we don’t want to shortchange Barnes & Noble, here’s the link for its order page).

And while we have you, here are two fun facts about John: He won a Bronze Star for his wrathful tank action at the Battle of 73 Easting back in the first Iraq War, and if you ever spent half a lifetime playing Call of Duty: WWII, thank him — he was the military adviser.

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