Friday, 19 December 2014

Crisis Leadership

Bill Nicol's photo.

It's been a busy year. After completing "Tsunami Chronicles" (!tsunami-chronicles/c1pf9) in 2013, I stepped back to take a wider view by writing three more books. I've only just finished the third in the last couple of weeks. I really pushed it so they would all be available for the 10th anniversary of the 2004 tsunami. Here's a summary of each book...
"Crisis Leadership: Dealing with Disasters from Asia to Africa and America". I wrote this book for anyone who would like to know what works and what doesn't in crisis leadership. It sweeps over a pile of crises including the tsunami, the 9/11 terror attack on New York, genocide in Sudan and recent ebola outbreak in West Africa. In doing this, I take a swing at the UN generally as well as the World Bank and World Health Organisation for cultures often at odds with crises. Try this link if you are interested—!crisis/c1rhh
"Building Back from Disaster: A Handbook for Leaders". I wrote this one after being pushed by several friends who asked me for a framework of ideas to help them as humanitarian leaders. So here it is, a toolkit for professional disaster practitioners in government, international agencies and non-government humanitarian organisations. I hope it helps them. If it does and they give me the right feedback, I'll keep updating it with further editions. If not, I'll let it stand. Here's the link if you are interested—!about2/c1x2e
"Tsunami: A Poet’s Journey". This is a different book altogether. It's a poem. Just one, a longish one. Rather visceral, I wrote it to clear the emotional cobwebs clogging my head after writing the six books that comprise "Tsunami Chronicles". While I make no claim to being a good poet, I do write lots of poems and love the discipline they require. As a writing, it forces me to think about the rhythm and rhyme of language. Try this link if you'd like to read a little more—!journey/cpnq.
To top these off, I've also written a column for a tsunami edition of Indonesia's Tempo magazine. I'll post it when Tempo publishes the column.

Congratulations Bill Nicol on writing another outstanding book on leadership.

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