Soundview Executive Book Summaries

Terrifying Tales from the Business Book Crypt

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” These words were written in 1927 by H.P. Lovecraft, an author who many feel will never be surpassed in the genre of macabre fiction.

Lovecraft’s statement dovetails an argument I made in a recent blog post about what terrifies society at present. What transpires in the world’s financial markets on a daily basis is frightening, but by the time we read about it, we’re already well within its icy grip. The more terrifying prospect is what could potentially occur in the future. This is unknown that resides at the core of all our fears.

Business books have latched onto this sense of dread from time to time, particularly when it comes to discussions of economics. We’ve seen the U.S. economy compared to everything from a blood-hungry night-stalker to a stumbling somnambulist preparing to feast on a human picnic. The latter comparison brings up an interesting thought. Any great film that deals with the undead hinges on the tension created by the characters’ pursuit of survival. Whether it’s 28 Days Later or George A. Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead, being plunged into a sudden crisis forces the protagonists into quick thinking while order collapses around them.

When a business falls into a crisis situation, those hungry legions come in the form of creditors, vendors and customers, all looking for their bite of the body of the organization. In Soundview’s new summary of Shaun O’Callaghan’s Turnaround Leadership: Making Decisions, Rebuilding Trust and Delivering Results After a Crisis, the author provides simple, logical advice to help keep the horrors of crisis management at bay. With decades of experience in turnarounds and corporate restructuring, O’Callaghan’s book is a must-read in an economic climate where one bad quarter can be the difference between bankruptcy and survival.

Take a little fear out of the unknown and pick up a copy of the summary of Turnaround Leadership. To get your copy, visit Soundview online at

Happy Halloween, everyone!


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