There are many things that set Joe Grano apart from the typical corporate leader: his decorated military career, his humble origins, his lack of a formal college education, his meteoric rise. But perhaps the most unique aspect of Grano's life and career is his ability to deal with crisis. When things are at their worst, Grano is at his best.
From Vietnam to 9/11, from the market crash of '87 to today's financial crisis, Wall Street legend Joe Grano has been at the front lines of the most defining American crises of the last forty years. Whether leading draftees through combat as a Green Beret in Vietnam, regrouping a team of brokers during the market crash of 1987, or working tirelessly to reopen Wall Street after the attacks on 9/11, Joe has served at the forefront, leading and even inspiring others when things seem at their darkest.
Structured around six specific crises he faced in his life and career, You Can't Predict a Hero tells the unique story of how Grano was able to triumph over challenges both personal and professional. Whether teaching himself to walk again after sustaining crippling battle wounds, rising from his hardscrabble beginnings to become a top broker at Merrill Lynch, or shepherding the merger of PaineWebber and UBS, his experience has been hard-won and his perspective like no one else's.
Through it all, Grano has learned to find the opportunity in any crisis, how to calm and inspire those he leads, and how to find the real solution to what can appear as an insurmountable problem.
This dynamic book will inspire anyone looking to make sense of our rapidly changing world, and how to grow and even thrive through any challenge. Problems require solutions, and in times of crisis true leaders emerge.
Similar in tone to Tim Russert's Big Russ & Me, this is less a business memoir than a discussion of how a successful man has applied character teachings from childhood to his adult life. In it, Grano tracks his rise from his humble origins and lack of a formal education to his decorated military career, legendary Wall Street tenure, and educational and philanthropic endeavors. Grano's candor will appeal to veterans with combat experience as well as to anyone involved in investment banking, especially alumni of Merrill Lynch or UBS PaineWebber. Well written and narrated; recommended to all listeners. [Includes a bonus interview with the author.—Ed.]—Gail Preslar, Eastman Chemical Co. Business Lib., Kingsport, TN