The Stress Effect: Why Smart Leaders Make Dumb Decisions--And What to Do About It


Praise for The Stress Effect

"Henry (Dick) Thompson tackles the secrets of effective leadership and decision making—and does so with admirable insight, erudition, and authority. This is an

engaging must-read for executives, managers, and entrepreneurs aiming to

optimize their decision-making and leadership qualities."
—Elkhonon Goldberg, ...

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Praise for The Stress Effect

"Henry (Dick) Thompson tackles the secrets of effective leadership and decision making—and does so with admirable insight, erudition, and authority. This is an

engaging must-read for executives, managers, and entrepreneurs aiming to

optimize their decision-making and leadership qualities."
—Elkhonon Goldberg, clinical professor of neurology, NYU School of Medicine

"The Stress Effect is an amazing integration of how to use the power of our

unconscious and emotions to make rational decisions. It can help you develop

your intuition."
—Richard E. Boyatzis, professor, Departments of Organizational Behavior,

Psychology, and Cognitive Science, Case Western Reserve University, and

coauthor, Primal Leadership and Resonant Leadership

"The Stress Effect is superbly written. Every leader can grow personally and

professionally from the information it presents on how stress impacts the quality and timeliness of decisions. It should be required reading for CEOs, members of the National Security Council, all military commanders, and university leaders."
—Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré, U.S. Army (Ret), former Comm-ander of First Army and Joint Task Force Katrina

"Thompson's timely book helps us better understand and improve how we think, decide, and act in severe and time-pressed situations. Stress is the ultimate testing ground of our personal values processed through our decision-making faculties."
—Aris Papadopoulos, CEO, Titan America

"Great leaders, as The Stress Effect tells us, make good decisions under bad conditions. Thompson offers original ideas and insights, honed through his rich experiences on the battlefield and as a consultant to C-level executives, which will season your decision-making judgment. Simply put, after reading The Stress Effect, you will be a much better leader who gets much better results."
—Bill Treasurer, CEO, Giant Leap Consulting

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470589038
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/3/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 556,489
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Henry L. Thompson, Ph.D., an award-winning organizational psychologist, leadership consultant, researcher, and author, is the founder and CEO of High Performing Systems, Inc., a leadership solutions provider. He is the creator of the Leadership Potential Equation, author of Jung's Function-Attitudes Explained and The Communication Wheel: A Resource Book, and coeditor of the Handbook for Developing Emotional and Social Intelligence (Pfeiffer, 2009).

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Good Leaders Make Good Decisions Under Stress.

1 How Leaders Make Decisions.

2 How Cognitive Intelligence Influences Decision Making.

3 Emotional Intelligence and Decision Making.

4 Stress and Decision Making.

5 How Stress Leads to Poor Decision Making.

6 Increasing Stress Management Capacity.

7 Developing Cognitive Resilience.

8 Building Stress-Resilient Emotional Intelligence.

9 The Seven Best Practices to Prevent Stress.




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  • Posted April 26, 2010

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    Timely, On Point, Easy Read

    Having read Henry Thompson's books and articles before, as well as hearing him speak at several conferences, my hope that this book would be as easy to follow and understand as his speeches was met. Thompson uses real time issues and events to help describe seven best practices for improving one's resilience when dealing with stress and stressful situations. The use of graphics to illustrate key concepts as well as the use of examples throughout the book is extremely helpful. I would recommend this book not only for leaders but for anyone who wishes to improve not only their resiliency but decision making abilities when dealing with stress and stressful situations.

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