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Thrive On Pressure : Lead and Succeed When Times Get Tough - Graham Jones

Thrive On Pressure

Lead and Succeed When Times Get Tough

Paperback Published: 16th August 2010
ISBN: 9780071748827
Number Of Pages: 240

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Be the Leader Who Is Cool, Calm, and in Control--Even in the Worst of Situations

""This book is a great guide for helping you thrive on pressure and use it to your advantage."" -- Bill Vit, President and COO, Aon Affinity Insurance Services

""Thrive on Pressure focuses not only on theoretical aspirations, but also on practical measures to manage and utilize the pressures that are an inevitable part of the job."" -- Edward Dolman, Christie's International PLC

When the going gets tough, you get going Author Graham Jones, Ph.D., whose work has been featured in the "Harvard Business Review," shows you how to excel when the chips are down and use pressure to your advantage. With his successful program, you'll learn how to: - Manage stress - Develop strong self-belief - Improve mental outlook - Channel motivation into tangible goals - Refine your focus

If you have the guts to make a real difference in your organization, you're ready to "Thrive on Pressure" and produce positive results for you and your team For more than 20 years psychologist Graham Jones, Ph.D., has worked with people from all walks of life, helping them reach their high-performance levels. He is the founder of Lane4, a leading international performance development consultancy with offices in the United States, England, and Asia. Jones lives in Princeton, NJ.

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Are You Willing to Put Yourself on the Line?p. 1
Leadership and Mental Toughnessp. 2
Book Overviewp. 3
Real Leadership, Pressure, and Mental Toughnessp. 9
No Hiding Place for Leadersp. 10
Leading is Toughp. 10
No Hiding Place for Leadersp. 12
Leadership is About People, and People Are Hard to Leadp. 15
And That Does Not Include the Turbulent Times!p. 16
So Why Would Anyone Want to Be a Leader?p. 19
Being a Real Leaderp. 20
Real and Safe Leadersp. 20
Real and Safe Leadership During Turbulent Timesp. 25
What Type of Leader Are You?p. 26
The Remainder of this Book is About You!p. 27
Real Leaders Focus on Creating High-Performance Environmentsp. 28
Delivering High Performance That is Inevitable and Sustainablep. 28
Getting the Strategic Focus Rightp. 29
Real Leaders Provide Vision, Challenge, and Supportp. 34
Do You Provide Vision, Challenge, and Support?p. 43
So Are You Still Willing to Put Yourself on the Line?p. 44
Real Leadership, Pressure, and Mental Toughnessp. 45
Where Does Pressure Come From?p. 45
Mental Toughnessp. 49
How Mentally Tough Are You?p. 53
That Concludes Master Class 1p. 54
Staying in Control Under the Inevitable Stress That Comes with being a Real Leaderp. 55
Stress: The Dark Side of Pressurep. 56
The Two Faces of Pressurep. 57
Stress and Youp. 59
You and Stress in a Nutshellp. 68
Three Strategies for Staying in Control Under Stressp. 69
Keeping Your Stress Symptoms Under Controlp. 72
Monitoring Your Stressp. 73
Meditative Relaxation Toolsp. 76
Imageryp. 80
Abdominal Breathingp. 82
Adapting Your Behaviorp. 83
And Do Not Forget to Work on Your Lifestyle!p. 84
So What Will You Do?p. 86
Challenging the Thinking That Causes You Stressp. 88
Do You Engage in Stinking Thinking?p. 89
Blocking Out Automatic Negative Thoughtsp. 91
Reframing Your Stinking Thinkingp. 93
Real Leaders Ask for Supportp. 96
So What Will You Do?p. 97
Tackling the Sources of Your Stressp. 99
Making Things Happenp. 99
Creating Choices That Change Situationsp. 102
Minimizing Your Constraints and Maximizing Your Supportsp. 105
So What Will You Do?p. 111
That Concludes Master Class 2p. 113
Strengthening Your Self-Belief in your Ability as a Real Leaderp. 115
What is Self-Belief?p. 116
The Power of Self-Beliefp. 117
Self-Belief and Real Leadershipp. 118
What is Self-Belief?p. 120
What is Your Level of Self-Belief?p. 121
So Where Do You Start?p. 122
Building Your Self-Esteemp. 124
Give it Timep. 125
Avoiding Taking Things Personallyp. 125
Boosting Your Credit Scorep. 127
Recalling and Celebrating Your Achievementsp. 131
Trying Not to Be Perfectp. 133
So What Will You do?p. 135
Boosting Your Self-Confidencep. 137
Focusing on Your Recent Successesp. 138
Ensuring "Quick Wins"p. 138
Drawing on Your Experiencesp. 139
Mental Rehearsalp. 140
Learning from Othersp. 141
Positive Self-Talkp. 141
Interpreting Your Emotional State in a Positive Wayp. 143
So What Will You Do?p. 144
That Concludes Master Class 3p. 146
Channeling Your Motivation to Work for you in your Role as a Real Leaderp. 147
Ensuring Your Motivation is "Healthy"p. 148
Healthy and Unhealthy Motivationp. 149
Exploring the Foundations of Your Motivationp. 150
Internal Motivation, External Motivation, and Real Leadershipp. 157
Maximizing Internal Motivationp. 159
So What Will You Do?p. 161
Channeling Your Motivation into Goalsp. 164
Why Set Goals?p. 164
The Key Essentials of Effective Goalsp. 165
Inspired Goals in Actionp. 167
Outcome, Performance, and Process Goalsp. 170
So What Will You Do?p. 176
That Concludes Master Class 4p. 177
Directing Your Focus to the Things that Really Matter in your Role as a Real Leaderp. 179
What Should You Be Focused On?p. 180
A Few Things You Should Know About Focusp. 182
You Should be Focusing on Creating a High-Performance Environmentp. 184
Some Guiding Principles for Your Day-to-Day Focus as a Real Leaderp. 185
So What Will You Do?p. 187
Controlling Your Focusp. 189
Dealing with the Distractions That are Part of Being a Real Leaderp. 189
Staying on Track in the Face of Potential Derailersp. 191
Compartmentalizing Real Leadership and Setting Time Aside to Deal with the Other Things Going on in Your Lifep. 192
Recharging Your Focus on Being a Real Leaderp. 193
Getting Back on Track Following Failures and Successesp. 195
So What Will You Do?p. 197
That Concludes Master Class 5p. 199
Over to You Your Real Leader Toolkitp. 201
Your Real Leader Toolkitp. 202
The Choices You Have Made to Be a Real Leaderp. 202
Your Role in Creating a High-Performance Environmentp. 205
Thrive on Pressurep. 207
Over to Youp. 213
Indexp. 215
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ISBN: 9780071748827
ISBN-10: 0071748822
Series: Business Skills and Development
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 16th August 2010
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.1  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1