The Adversity Paradox

An Unconventional Guide to Achieving Uncommon Business Success

J. Barry Griswell and Bob Jennings

St. Martin's Griffin

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Obstacles and setbacks are an inevitable part of life, especially in today’s harsh and volatile economy. How can you take the very experiences that could stall or tumble a career and use them to build uncommon success?

Business people like Pete Dawkins, Harvey Mackay, Doris Christopher, and Walter Scott Jr. know that the answer to this question lies in firsthand knowledge of “The Adversity Paradox”: working to overcome humble beginnings, lack of knowledge, unexpected setbacks, or any manner of misfortune can be the foundational step in a path to incredible achievement. 

While many motivational business books promise easy access to prosperity and power by way of secret insight, quick and easy steps, or “insider tips” that are dubious at best, this book tells it straight. It offers candid accounts from those who have been tested by adversity and illustrates how they have put their misfortunes to good use by gaining business savvy from them. 

The paths to success are diverse, but The Adversity Paradox identifies patterns that anyone can study and learn from.

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“Wise and outstanding advice for tough economic times---The Adversity Paradox shows you how anyone can turn adversity into advantage . . .‘and then some!’ ”--Harvey Mackay, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Swim with the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive

“As Griswell and Jennings point out, there really is no substitute for hard work.  We have to build endurance of character the same way we build endurance of speed or strength, and it always pays off.”--Wayne Gretzky, NHL Hall of Fame player, businessman, and coach

“The leaders of today face real challenges.  Many challenges are challenges of adversity.  Determined leaders learn from adversity and gain character and a set of skills that propel them into the future.  This is the book to read if you want to get real insights and prepare for the hurdles that we all face in our careers from time to time.”--Ram Charan, best-selling author and acclaimed management philosopher

“If you’re going to be really successful in business, you have to have the confidence that you can do what others see as impossible.  The Adversity Paradox gives readers the chance to gain that confidence from facing their own struggles, take inspiration from the victories of others, aspire to courage and character, and arm themselves with the optimism required to turn big ideas into big realities.”--Wayne Huizenga, award-winning entrepreneur and CEO, and founder of Waste Management, Blockbuster Entertainment, and AutoNation

“The overriding message of this book is consistent with my belief that every one of us is capable and deserving of success and fulfillment in life, no matter what adversity we encounter.  I am so glad to see these themes of self improvement, responsibility and positive thinking being recommended to business readers.”-- Dr. Robert Schuller, author and founder of the Crystal Cathedral Ministries

"Fascinating insights into the ways that successful people have not only overcome adversity but made a friend and ally out of it. This book offers readers a great opportunity to consider how they will emerge from the major challenges we face individually and as a society. Griswell and Jennings have a deep understanding of the experiences of success arising from adversity, and their observations are unique and encouraging to us all."--David J. Skorton, President, Cornell University

The Adversity Paradox provides incredible insight into how adversity, when you have made it your friend, can dramatically change a person for the better. I have known both of the authors for over fifteen years and have witnessed the adversity paradox in action in their lives as they grappled with setbacks or misfortunes and became more and more successful. Their extensive knowledge of business, coupled with the amazing stories they compiled in this book, will improve the lives of all those who read it."-- Ron Willingham, Founder of Integrity Selling and author of ten books

“In some of the most difficult and troubled times for American leaders Griswell and Jennings offer the right prescription. Embrace adversity, learn from adversity, and overcome adversity. The stories of individuals who squarely faced adversity, including Griswell's personal triumph, should inspire us all.”-- The Honorable Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of Agriculture, former governor of Iowa 

 


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About the Author

J. Barry Griswell and Bob Jennings

J. Barry Griswell is former chairman and chief executive officer of the Principal Financial Group. He is a 2003 recipient of the Horatio Alger Award, given to individuals who have achieved great success while overcoming difficult backgrounds. He is president of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.

Bob Jennings is president of Lean Management Group, a consulting company focused on senior management methods and execution. 

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The Adversity Paradox
An Unconventional Guide to Achieving Uncommon Business Success
J. Barry Griswell and Bob Jennings

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
June 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312598792
ISBN10: 0312598793
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
$15.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
April 2009
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312385552
ISBN10: 0312385552
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
$26.99

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
April 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429967143
ISBN10: 1429967145
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$9.99
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