TITLE: “How to Hit A Curve Ball: Rethinking Family Life for “Workaholic” Professionals with Kids”
SPECIAL GUEST: Scott Singer, Media Industry Expert, Investment Banker, Strategy Consultant and Author of How to Hit a Curveball: Confront and Overcome the Unexpected
Strategic change expert, Scott R. Singer shares his personal story with our listeners along with examples of rethinking family life in his new book, How to Hit a Curve Ball: Confront and Overcome the Unexpected. Being able to deal with the unexpected is an invaluable business and “life” tool-but how do you do it? Curveball hitters are not born, they are made. Singer shares a psychology-researched, self-tested process that can lead anyone to the homerun derby.
As a professional, you want to be ready for anything. You’ll spend hours, days, even years, perfecting your technique, studying the competition, and stepping up to challenges in order to make yourself an all-star.
But at some point in your life, regardless of what you do or how far up the ladder you’ve climbed, you will be thrown a curveball—an unexpected challenge that comes at you quickly and without warning. The kind that forces you to rethink, well, everything.
Whether it’s the loss of a job, a newly assigned responsibility at work, or a global recession that threatens your entire company or industry, an unanticipated change can knock even the most experienced among us off guard. So if you want to succeed in business—and in life—it’s not enough to be the smartest in the room or even the hardest working; you have to be a great curveball hitter.
Investment banker Scott R. Singer learned this lesson the hard way. After a series of career challenges and personal setbacks, he started to develop a new approach to dealing with unforeseen problems. He realized that curveballs are a part of the game and the greatest players know how to knock them out of the park.
Singer shares his personal story and insights as well as features prominent curveball hitters, their stories, and their steps to dealing with the unexpected: Leslie Moonves of CBS, Alan Schwartz of Bear Stearns, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and actor Michael J. Fox.
This fun yet practical book is full of valuable advice and anecdotes that can help anyone avoid striking out at work (or at home) and maybe even turn those surprising challenges into tremendous opportunities.