What Keeps Leaders Up at Night
Recognizing and Resolving Your Most Troubling Management Issues
Author: Nicole Lipkin
Pub Date: June 2013
Print Edition: $21.95
Print ISBN: 9780814432112
Page Count: 288
e-Book ISBN: 9780814432143
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Whether you serve as the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or manage a handful of people in a recent start-up, you will make the occasional leadership misstep with your people. That’s because despite all the tools you have at your disposal and all the corporate theory you’ve soaked up, when it comes to effective leadership, it’s all about managing the messy, complicated, illogical, and fallible human variables. The thorny people issues—engagement, motivation, expectations, emotions, and interpersonal dynamics—can and will trip up even the best of us, often at the cost of a good night’s sleep.
Have valuable people ever bolted to the competition? Do you worry that sometimes your people don’t take you seriously? Have you put off firing someone you should have dismissed months ago? Written by a corporate psychologist who has spent her career diagnosing and resolving typical and troublesome leadership dilemmas, What Keeps Leaders Up at Night examines the underlying psychology that plays a bigger role in the workplace than all the whiz-bang software and management fads in the world.
From two attorneys working for the same firm whose healthy sense of competition devolves into an intense, toxic rivalry, to a product engineer at a software development company who finds he is unable to engage his team, the book uses classic and state-of-the-art research in psychology and neuroscience to arrive at answers to complex and fascinating leadership problems. Featuring examples from well-known companies like Kodak, AOL, Borders, and Enron, What Keeps Leaders Up at Night reveals:
• The three overarching reasons good bosses sometimes go bad
• How confirmation biases affect our assessments of personality, and lead us to terrible business decisions
• The crucial differences between influence, persuasion, and manipulation
• The seven distinct types of power — including legitimate, coercive, and informational — and how to wield them
• The neurological fire alarms that blare inside your mind when experiencing the negative effects of stress...and methods for keeping cool in a hot situation
• Strategies for replacing myopic success with panoramic success
• How to get the most from your team by understanding the mental processes inherent in group dynamics
What Keeps Leaders Up at Night shines a bright light into the dark corners where all leaders struggle with their own shortcomings, and demonstrates powerful guiding principles you can use in all your future management challenges.
NICOLE LIPKIN, a sought-after speaker, consultant, and executive coach, holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology as well as an MBA. The author of Y in the Workplace: Managing the “Me First” Generation, she has shared her expertise on NPR, NBC, CBS, Fox Business News, and other high-profile media outlets. She lives in Philadelphia.
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