Stop Playing Safe

Stop Playing Safe : How To Be Braver in Your Work, Leadership and Life

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Have you ever looked back and wished you'd been braver?

Today's culture of fear is constantly bombarding you with reasons to play it safe. Yet, is it keeping you living too safely, procrastinating and not taking the very actions that would help you enjoy greater self-confidence, professional success and personal fulfillment.

If you ever hold back from making changes or taking chances, Stop Playing Safe is for you.

In this fully updated 'post-pandemic' edition, Dr Margie Warrell challenges you to 'rethink risk' and back your boldest goals with braver action. Drawing on her diverse global experience working in coaching, psychology and with trailblazing leaders such as Richard Branson and Bill Marriott, this book will empower you to master fear and 'take the chance' when it matters most.

Margie will get to the heart of what's holding you back, giving you proven strategies to:

find your 'Why' to do more of what ignites your passion (and less of what doesn't!)
uncover your blind spots to make smarter decisions, faster
apply four simple steps to build resilience and manage your 'stress triggers'
activate 'post traumatic growth' to turn your toughest problems into your greatest growth
nail difficult conversations to resolve conflict, build trust, and strengthen relationships
be an inspiring leader who emboldens others to think bigger, learn faster, and accomplish more.

Whether you're a business owner, climbing the corporate ladder or embarking on an entrepreneurial endeavor, Stop Playing Safe is powerful reading for anyone who doesn't want to settle for less than the biggest life they're capable of living.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 300 pages
  • 157 x 232 x 16mm | 316g
  • Milton, QLD, Australia
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Edition
  • 0730394581
  • 9780730394587
  • 641,632

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It's the chances you're not taking that are costing you the most.

Today's culture of fear has magnified our sensitivity to risk. Yet it can keep you living too safely; holding you back from taking the very actions required to enjoy a more (not less) secure and rewarding future.

In this fully updated edition of Stop Playing Safe, Dr Margie Warrell combines road-tested advice from trailblazing leaders, new research and fresh insights to seize the opportunities that lay beyond your 'safety zone'.

Margie's practical wisdom will help you: get 'on purpose' and unlock the potential fear has held hostage upgrade your mental maps to get unstuck and thrive under pressure transform your toughest challenges into your greatest growth nail those hard conversations you've been avoiding be a braver leader who emboldens others to think bigger, learn faster, and accomplish more.

It's time to act with courage. The life you most want is riding on it.

'In today's play-it-safe culture, this is a must-read for anyone who wants to take smarter risks that elevate themselves and others to higher ground.'
--Marshall Goldsmith, Thinkers50 World #1 Executive Coach & Leadership Thinker
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Table of contents

About Margie ix

Preface xi

Introduction xiii

Part I Core Courage Build Your Foundation 1

1 Know Your Why Decide how you will measure success 3

2 Lean Towards Risk The odds are better than you think 21

3 Be Trustworthy Align bold action with right action 49

Part II Working Courage Unlock Dormant Potential 65

4 Speak Bravely Embrace the discomfort of crucial conversations 67

5 Learn, Unlearn and Relearn The thinking that got you here won't get you there 87

6 Embrace Setbacks Transform adversity to rise to higher ground 109

7 Lead Bravely Cultivate a culture that fuels courage, not fear 135

Part III Take Courage Set Yourself Up For Success! 159

8 Back Yourself Don't wait to feel brave ... take the leap! 161

Acknowledgements 177

Index 179
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About Margie Warrell

DR MARGIE WARRELL has broken ranks with comfort countless times since her childhood in rural Australia. A leading authority on human potential, keynote speaker and 5x bestselling author, Margie is trusted by forward-leaning brands - NASA, Google, Amazon, Deloitte and Salesforce - to deliver transformative programs that normalise courage and fuel growth.
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