Flying Without a Net: Turn Fear of Change into Fuel for Success

Flying Without a Net: Turn Fear of Change into Fuel for Success

by Thomas J. DeLong

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Flying Without a Net: Turn Fear of Change into Fuel for Success by Thomas J. DeLong

Named one of 100 Leadership & Success Books to Read in a Lifetime by Amazon Editors

Confronted by omnipresent threats of job loss and change, even the brightest among us are anxious. In response, we're hunkering down, blocking ourselves from new challenges. This response hurts us and our organizations, but we fear making ourselves even more vulnerable by committing mistakes while learning something new.

In Flying Without a Net , Thomas DeLong explains how to draw strength from vulnerability. First, understand the forces that escalate anxiety in high achievers and the unproductive behaviors you turn to for relief. Then adopt practices that give you the courage to "do the right things poorly" before "doing the right things well."

Drawing on his extensive research and consulting work, DeLong lays out:

- Roots of high achievers' anxiety: fear of being wrong and lack of a sense of purpose, and a craving for human connection

- Destructive behaviors we adopt to relieve our anxiety: busyness, comparing ourselves to others, and blaming others for our frustrations

- Behaviors we must adopt to gain strength from vulnerability: putting the past behind us and seeking honest feedback

Packed with practical advice and inspiring stories, Flying Without a Net is an invaluable resource for all leaders seeking to thrive in this Age of Anxiety.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781422162293
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 06/14/2011
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 781,071
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Thomas DeLong is the Philip J. Stomberg Professor of Management Practice in the Organizational Behavior area at the Harvard Business School. His research focuses on the challenges facing individuals and organizations in the process of change.

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Cecilia_Dominic More than 1 year ago
I don't know how this book doesn't have more reviews! I read the Nook version a few years ago when trying to figure out a different angle for a talk and found a lot to relate to, being an overachiever myself. Even though this book was written five years ago, it's still relevant today. In fact, I'm grabbing the hardback so I can refer to it.