The first start-to-finish guide to personal success in an era of non-stop change.
° Practical, personal, "water-level" techniques to help you navigate the rapids of change and have more fun doing it!
° How to protect your career, improve your resilience, set your own course, and lead.
° Based on the experiences of hundreds of leaders in industries ranging from telecommunications to energy to health care.
Selected by IBM Competitive Edge Book Club Selection.
"The beauty of this book on top of its life-saving timeliness is its capacity to give the reader concrete steps to live the good life and enjoy it. The book made me understand that work can be more fun than fun.”
–Warren Bennis, Ph.D., University Professor, University of Southern California, coauthor, Judgment: How Great Leaders Make Winning Calls and Transparency: How Leaders Create a Culture of Candor
Change. It’s your job. It just won’t stop. It’s relentless. It keeps coming at you like never-ending rapids in a permanent whitewater river. Change will burn you out if you don’t learn how to handle it. This book is not, however, about mere survival. It is about thriving amidst the challenges of your permanent whitewater world at work.
•Protect your career, improve your resilience, and seize the opportunities in turbulent times
•Take charge, learn to pace yourself, set your own course, and lead others in ad-hoc teams
•Ride the rapids and rediscover play and adventure in today’s demanding work environment
•Learn from research and the experiences of hundreds of professionals in industries from energy to telecommunications to financial services to health care
There’s nothing abstract or cute about the way this book talks about change: This is practical, grounded knowledge for managing your life in a business world that’s churning with change. Gregory Shea, Ph.D. and Robert Gunther show how to keep your working life on course instead of being pushed beyond your limits...find fun and fulfillment...regroup and rebound from failure...protect yourself from events you can’t predict...take charge of your life, an your future!
Preface: We Surely All Will Die xix
CHAPTER 1: AN ESKIMO ON THE TITANIC 1
Dangerous Waters 3
Sailors and Paddlers:Your Real Job Is Change 6
The Limits of Flat-Water Thinking 9
CHAPTER 2: WORKING THE EDDIES: Pace Yourself to Preserve Your Sanity 13
All Hands on Deck 17
We Are Drowning in Change 19
The Impact of Exhaustion 22
Strategies for Pacing 25
Create a “Not To Do” List 27
Build Breaks in the Action 30
Get Good Sleep 32
Take a Nap 33
Enforce Vacations 35
Avoid the Perils of the Crazy Brave and Phony Tough 38
Keep a Roll in Reserve 41
CHAPTER 3: MASTERING THE ROLL: Prepare to Fail Gracefully and Recover Quickly 45
Failure Is the Only Option 48
Strategies for Failing Quickly and Recovering Gracefully 52
Treat Your Career as a Series of Experiments 52
Minimize the Risk of Failure 54
Master the Emotions of Failure 56
Practice Failing 57
Prepare to Learn from Failure 59
Make Your Mistakes on the Move 60
Failing and Play 62
CHAPTER 4: THE POWER OF PLAY: Optimism and Resilience 65
The Play’s the Thing 66
The Power of Optimism 70
Strategies for Unsinkable Optimism 71
Create Optimism and Avoid Learned Helplessness 72
When All Else Fails, Paddle Like Hell 74
Choose Your Equipment for the Right Level of Fun 75
Patience: Keep Your Feet Up and Go With the Flow 77
Recharge by Paddling 79
Create Time and Space for Play 80
Cultivate Exuberance 81
CHAPTER 5: PERSONAL FLOTATION: You Are Responsible for Your Own Se
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