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

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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 widespr
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Hardcover, 329 pages
Published May 3rd 2010 by Jossey-Bass (first published April 6th 2010)
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Marrije
Jun 14, 2015 rated it liked it
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thorough book, but I didn't find that many new, helpful de-stressing ideas in it. Loved the airline and military disaster stories, though. ...more
Michelle Kaye
May 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Henry L. Thompson, Ph.D., Author
The Stress Effect: Why Smart Leaders Make Dumb Decisions
Jossey-Bass, ISBN 978-0-470-58903-8
Non-Fiction-business, leadership, educational, self-help
329 pages
May 2010 Review for Bookpleasures
Reviewer-Michelle Kaye Malsbury, BSBM, MM
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Dr. Thompson has authored numerous books and articles while working for various organizations specializing in leadership potential, mentoring, and selection, as well as, consulting through transitions and succession planning on de
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Mat Davis
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s a great book to understand the role that stress plays in your daily cognitive life. If you don’t think about the concept I think you are largely unaware of the serious detrimental role of stress and how it impacts your leadership and decision making. Also interesting to see the positive benefits of stress in a leader’s life as well. Worth the read to be aware of this key concept in every day life.
Esequiel Contreras Jr
Thank you.

Thank you for putting together years of experience in stress management. I have to come to accept it as a strengthening tool to help me cope through life, family but especially how I can benefit from it then pay it forward by teaching what I have learned.

Zeke

April 2020

San Antonio, Texas
Tyler Robinson
Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Big fan of Dick Thompson and his stories from his time in SOG, however this was average at best. Little bits of gold sprinkled throughout though.
Probably a lot to learn if the reader has never been a leader or been in many stressful positions.
Tom
Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it
No shade but not not actually that good, older book though so may have been useful for its time.
Jonathan Metze
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great information
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Jane
Sep 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is really a 4.5. Excellent synthesis of research, effective programs already in existence to improve decisions under stress, and self-management tips. If you're an executive coach, management consultant, or interested in helping others negotiate all aspects of their lives, add this to your resources. ...more
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