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Tim Armstrong, Chairman & CEO, AOL

The most challenging and most pressing job in business is connecting the right leader to the right opportunity. Jim Citrin is the world's expert at helping companies thrive and accelerate by choosing exceptional leaders that match the unique needs of the organization to the unique skills of the leader.

Greg Brenneman, Chairman, CCMP Capital Advisors

The core theme of You Need a Leader—Now What? — the right individual, right situation, and right process is spot on. Board members often forget this. The “insider verses outsider” research is groundbreaking and the process of how to interview a candidate is incredibly useful. Every board and company should have a coaching session with this book as the guide for how to best do this.

Stephen B. Burke, President & CEO, NBC Universal

There is nothing more important than hiring great people. Jim Citrin and Julie Daum are simply the best at identifying the perfect talent for high-level jobs and this book reveals exactly how they go about it.

Ursula Burns, Chairman & CEO, Xerox

This book is a must-read for anyone—a CEO, a board member or an HR professional—who may ever become part of the process of choosing a new leader for any organization. In clear and concise language that’s backed up by a wealth of research, the authors frame the challenge, provide a roadmap to success and offer practical advice. Read it. You’ll learn a lot. You’ll think a lot. And you’ll be prepared to choose the right leader when the time comes.

Stephen M. Case, Founder & CEO, Revolution and AOL

We all know that great people are the key to a great organization. But as Jim Citrin and Julie Daum illustrate, there's much more to it than that. The key is matching the right person to the right situation using the right process. This book will show you how.

Geoff Colvin, Fortune Magazine Senior Editor and author, Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else

People decisions are the most important decisions in your company, yet they’re often made with the least rigor. This excellent book supplies rigor plus something even more valuable—wisdom.

Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The Leader in Me

Finding the best leader for your organization is often a difficult and lengthy process. This important book offers three essential truths that can help guide and direct you through this puzzle. Through tremendous examples and comprehensive analysis, Citrin and Daum give you the pieces to put it all together.

Keith Ferrazzi, author, Never Eat Alone and Who’s Got Your Back

What could be more important to a leader’s success than hiring an incredible team? You Need a Leader-Now What? offers readers a comprehensive guide to hiring not just talent, but exactly the right talent. A practical process, rigorous research and fascinating, instructive stories make this book a real winner for anyone who’s hiring.

Donald J. Gogel, Chairman & CEO, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice LLC

Jim Citrin and Julie Daum together bring four decades of experience to explore the maze of issues surrounding the search for a new CEO. Their framework, examples of good and bad practices and advice all provide valuable lessons for a board of directors seeking to fulfill its most important role—putting in place an effective leader.

James P. Gorman, President & CEO, Morgan Stanley

For boards, CEOs, or anyone managing an organization large or small, the most important decisions invariably come down to picking the right people for the right jobs. Jim Citrin and Julie Daum have distilled a career's worth of experience into this lucid exploration of a process that can help any organization identify, select and motivate the best leaders.

Walter Isaacson, President & CEO, Aspen Institute and author, Einstein: His Life and Universe, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and Steve Jobs

The key to running a great business is matching the right person to the right situation. This wonderful book shows how to make that happen. Written by two of the most successful experts in the field, it's filled with illuminating case studies and very clear lessons. Even if you're not headhunting for new executives, this book is both a delight to read and filled with useful insights on how to be an effective leader.

Andrea Jung, Chairman & CEO, Avon Products

Much has been written about the art of leadership. Citrin and Daum provide a provocative new lens, upending some commonly held assumptions and sharing a clear and empirically-proven roadmap for choosing leaders who will succeed.

Steven A. Kandarian, President & CEO, MetLife

Not only is this book invaluable to those seeking a new leader for their organization, but it is also a must-read for anyone going through the process of being interviewed for a key leadership role.

James M. Kilts, Founding Partner, Centerview Partners, Former Chairman & CEO, Gillette and author, Doing What Matters: How to Get Results That Make a Difference—The Revolutionary Old-School Approach

Choosing a CEO is certainly the most important and difficult issue that boards have to deal with. And choosing a management team is similarly the most important and difficult task for a CEO. In You Need a Leader—Now What? Citrin and Daum demonstrate a clear-eyed, rigorous approach to leadership selection that works at the board level and across the organization. This is essential reading for everyone in the people business—which is everyone in business!

Michael Lynton, Chairman & CEO, Sony Pictures Entertainment

This is a wonderful book for anyone who is grappling with the issues of succession. At a minimum it should be required reading for board members of private or non-profit organizations. Through compelling examples of successes and failures combined with great analysis and recommendations on how to approach this crucial process, the authors have created a brilliant manual for choosing leaders in simple and complex organizations.

Youngme Moon, Donald K. David Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School and author, Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd

An essential book that will make you completely rethink your approach to selecting a leader to run your organization. In You Need a Leader—Now What? Jim Citrin and Julie Daum pick apart the myths associated with leadership selection and reveal why conventional wisdom in this area is so often flawed. The choice of a leader is one of the most critical decisions an organization can make. If you are looking for a guide to help you avoid the traps in leadership selection and instead, find the right individual to lead your organization, then this is the book for you.

Nicholas Negroponte, Chairman Emeritus, MIT Media Laboratory, Founder & Chairman, One Laptop Per Child and author, Being Digital

Now what? Rethink. This book breaks all common assumptions about the search for succession, destroying the myth that picking a new leader is a matter of finding a hero. Read the book to understand that the right person is most likely not who or where you think. Skills are not unimportant, but choosing the right person is a surprising alignment of paths, perceptions, personalities and potentials.

Richard L. Plepler, Co-President, Home Box Office

Citrin and Daum have written a highly engaging and valuable book on management and leadership. Like great coaches who have seen most every scenario, they are able to guide their players with unusual perspicacity and insight. Their case studies are cautionary and hugely instructive. If you read this book carefully, in whatever field you find yourself, you will make far fewer mistakes and may even be heralded as a visionary.

Michael S. Roth, President, Wesleyan University

Jim Citrin's and Julie Daum’s new book on how to choose a productive leader is a first-rate guide for organizations large and small. They cut through the received wisdom about picking a CEO to deliver a flexible but powerful framework for guiding an organization to a successful succession.

Dr. Indira Samarasekera, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Alberta, Canada

Exceptional, illuminating and insightful book; an evidence-based best-practice guide for every corporate and non-profit board executing the selection of an outstanding CEO; invaluable principles for identifying the 'best-fit' leader for navigating the waters of today's currents, who can imagine and execute for a future ahead of the curve. One of the top books on CEO selection, a must-read.

Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook

There's one big difference between companies that change the world and those that don't: having the right people. You Need a Leader—Now What? offers a clear roadmap for how to identify and select the right people for all levels of your organization.

Howard Schultz, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Starbucks and author, Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul

One of the most important yet challenging aspects of leadership is surrounding oneself with the right people. Although the process is more art more than science, Jim Citrin and Julie Daum do an outstanding job of lighting the way with research-based principles backed by true stories of success.

Michael Useem, William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and author, Learning from Catastrophes: Strategies for Reaction and Response and The Leadership Moment

For recruiting seasoned leaders, James Citrin and Julie Daum offer a powerful playbook. Based on gripping accounts from extensive executive-search experience in business and beyond, You Need a Leader—Now What? tells us that the essence is strategic fit, a tight match of what they bring with what we require and the right steps to make it stick.

David Zaslav, President & CEO, Discovery Communications

Jim Citrin and Julie Daum have written a terrific book that is not only for anyone who has to make a hiring decision, but also for anyone deciding if a new opportunity is the right fit for them. Backed by extensive research and packed with real-world examples, You Need a Leader—Now What? is a breakthrough in demystifying one of the most challenging decisions anyone in business has to make: selecting a new leader. This book will enable you to throw out the guessing and uncertainty, steer you clear of the common traps, and show why the same person can be a world-beater at one company, while completely flaming out at another. A must-read!

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