Close

Subscription

Close

Communications.Management.Marketing

Truth Is Just Perception

Book Review: “From Worst To First: Behind The Scenes Of Continental’s Remarkable Comeback” By Gordon Bethune (1998, 304 Pages)

A remarkable story, a remarkable CEO, a remarkable book.

In this book, the former CEO of Continental relates one of Corporate America’s biggest turnarounds.

He led the transformation of Continental, then the worst airline in the U.S. – which had gone into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection twice and had suffered through 10 leaders in 10 years -, in a record-breaking company in terms of operational excellence, profitability, and employee happiness.

The book is extraordinary in that it shows that the most efficient business strategies and tactics are those that value simplicity and grant the greatest importance to the human factor.

Bethune may not emerge in this book as an intellectual – a role that too many corporate executives want to play – but he stands out as a master leader and that’s what made the difference at Continental.

RATING: A.

One thought on “Book Review: “From Worst To First: Behind The Scenes Of Continental’s Remarkable Comeback” By Gordon Bethune (1998, 304 Pages)”

› Leave a comment

What a great job and American success story. What a shame all that hard work down the drain when CO and UA merged. Maybe the current CEO Jeff Smisek can write a book, “From First to Worst.”

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Go up

Logo created by HaGE via Crowdspring.com

Carousel pic credits : I Timmy, jbuhler, Jacynthroode, ktsimage, lastbeats, nu_andrei, United States Library of Congress.

Icon credits : Entypo