Just Enough Anxiety The Hidden Driver of Business Success

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-03-13
  • Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover
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A psychologist and leadership expert explains how to harness the right level of anxiety Most of us see anxiety as a bad thing, so at the first sign of it we try to fight back or run away. But according to Robert Rosen, this outdated view ignores one of the most powerful forces in business: Anxiety helps us concentrate, learn, relate to people, think more creatively, and deliver better results. Of course, too much anxiety causes fear, chaos, and loss of morale. But too little leads to stagnation and a false sense of security. Itís like a rubber band: If you pull it too hard, it breaks. If you donít pull it hard enough, you fail to maximize its potential. Finding the happy medium between panic and passivity is the secret to success. Drawing on twenty years of research with CEOs, Rosen explains how great leaders succeed by living and leading with just enough anxiety. He shows how the ability to manage anxiety brings out their own best performance, enables them to build great teams, and inspires and challenges their organizations. Only when we allow ourselves to feel our insecurity, discomfort, confusion, and pain can we reach our potential, both as individuals and teams. Just Enough Anxietyoffers practical guidance to all kinds of organizations, blending cutting-edge psychology with real-world stories of success.

Author Biography

Robert H. Rosen is a psychologist, researcher, business adviser, and bestselling author of Leading People and The Healthy Company. He won a MacArthur Award in 1991 for his leadership research. He has interviewed more than 250 CEOs, and each year he speaks to thousands of executives worldwide. His firm, Healthy Companies International, has worked with major organizations around the world, including Johnson & Johnson, Northrop Grumman, Intel, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Boeing, and ING.

Table of Contents

It's Time to Evolvep. 1
A New Understanding of Anxietyp. 24
Living in the Gapp. 61
The Three Faces of Anxietyp. 92
Realistic Optimismp. 124
Constructive Impatiencep. 143
Confident Humilityp. 165
Putting Jea to Workp. 197
Change Begins with Youp. 228
Acknowledgmentsp. 233
Notesp. 235
Selected Bibliographyp. 245
Indexp. 249
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