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

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Reveals the powerful and undermining effects of stress on good decision making-and what leaders can do about it

The ability to make sound and timely decisions is the mark of a good leader. But when leaders with otherwise strong track records suddenly begin making poor decisions-as seen in the recent corporate scandals that rocked the business world-the impact can be widespread. In The Stress Effect, leadership expert Henry L. Thompson argues that stress is often the real culprit...

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

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Overview

Reveals the powerful and undermining effects of stress on good decision making-and what leaders can do about it

The ability to make sound and timely decisions is the mark of a good leader. But when leaders with otherwise strong track records suddenly begin making poor decisions-as seen in the recent corporate scandals that rocked the business world-the impact can be widespread. In The Stress Effect, leadership expert Henry L. Thompson argues that stress is often the real culprit behind this leadership failure: when leaders' stress levels become sufficiently elevated-whether in the boardroom or on the front line of a manufacturing process-their ability to effectively use their emotional intelligence and cognitive ability in tandem to make wise decisions is significantly impaired. Until now, experts have argued that increasing your emotional intelligence will help you cope with and manage stress. This book suggests that stress actually blocks access to your emotional intelligence as well as your cognitive ability, two critical components in the decision-making process. This book

  • Shows how stress adversely affects the performance of even the most savvy leaders
  • Reveals the truth about one of the prime factors behind the current failure of leadership
  • Offers a solid prescription for building a "stress resilient system" and arms leaders with best practices for managing specific stressors that take the biggest toll on decision making
  • Is written by an award-winning organizational psychologist and leadership consultant whose clients include a roster of Fortune 500 companies

A groundbreaking and insightful resource for leaders, The Stress Effect reopens the dialogue on stress, its effect on decision making, and what to do about it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470622988
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 857,640
  • File size: 2 MB

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.


Conclusion.


Notes.


Acknowledgments.


About the Author.


Index.

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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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