What Keeps Leaders Up at Night: Recognizing and Resolving Your Most Troubling Management Issues

What Keeps Leaders Up at Night: Recognizing and Resolving Your Most Troubling Management Issues

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No matter how many initiatives you spearhead or how hard you think about decisions, you will make the occasional management misstep. All leaders do. You can lie awake at night questioning yourself or you can read this book. As a clinical and business psychologist who works with executives around the world, Nicole Lipkin knows the stresses leaders face. In What Keeps Leaders Up at Night, she presents smart solutions to the common mistakes leaders make with their people, answering questions including:

Why do I sometimes feel threatened by my best people?
How do I remain cool in hot situations?
How can I ensure people hear what I say?
How can I cope more effectively with change?
Why have I lost so many of my best employees to the competition?

The book examines engagement, motivation, expectation, emotions, interpersonal and group dynamics-all the psychological principles that play pivotal roles in the workplace. Featuring illuminating examples and exercises, What Keeps Leaders Up at Night shines a bright light into the dark corners where all leaders struggle with their own shortcomings.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 64 x 92 x 11mm | 576.06g
  • Amacom
  • Nashville, United States
  • English
  • SPE
  • 0814432115
  • 9780814432112
  • 1,229,186

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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.

Connect with Nicole Lipkin:



www.equilibriacoaching.com



@DrNicoleLipkin
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No matter how successful you are, if you're like most leaders, you're occasionally plagued by the doubt that accompanies typical management questions. How can I keep smart individuals from mak-ing dumb team decisions? What can I do to make this place feel less toxic? Why do I sometimes feel threatened by my best people? How come my reports always tell me what they think I want to hear? Why do employees cover up their mistakes rather than bring them to me right away?



In What Keeps Leaders Up at Night, psychologist and business consultant Nicole Lipkin shows you how to recognize and resolve eight of the most troubling management issues leaders face today: miscommunication, stress, change, unhealthy competition, damaging group dynamics, loss of motivation and engagement, elusive success, and the typical leadership snafus that make us temporarily go from good to bad. Explaining the mental processes that play pivotal roles in the work-place, the book helps you gain greater awareness of what causes these recurring problems, and find better solutions by recognizing and addressing those causes more quickly and effectively.



Illuminating the basic principles that have guided human interactions for millions of years, What Keeps Leaders Up at Night uses real-life case studies coupled with psychological and neuroscience research to demonstrate how to:



- Resolve conflict or personality clashes

- Ensure workplace harmony and engagement

- Stimulate high performance and productivity

- Win approval of a major shift in strategy

- Create and manage effective teams and more



ADVANCE PRAISE FOR WHAT KEEPS LEADERS UP AT NIGHT



"Thought provoking, intelligently written, and highly readable. This should be compulsory reading for [leaders]."



-- Andrew Williams, Head of Security EMEA for Nomura International, PLC; and Vice Chairman of TinyG International



"Sage advice."



-- G. Richard Shell, Thomas Gerrity Professor at the Wharton School of Business; and author of Bargaining for Advantage



"Very interesting! The analysis by a shrink on improving management and leadership performance is a perfect marriage."



-- Mark Rikess, CEO, The Rikess Group; and Founder, Digital Air Strike and Green Dealer Support



"Extremely introspective! I will be applying these valuable insights and techniques...."



-- Michael Smigocki, Founder and CEO, Federal Strategies Group
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Table of contents

Contents



A C K N O W L E D G M E N T S



I N T R O D U C T I O N

What Was I Thinking?



C H A P T E R 1

I'm a Good Boss. So Why Do I Sometimes Act Like a Bad One?



C H A P T E R 2

Why Don't People Heed My Sage Advice?



C H A P T E R 3

Why Do I Lose My Cool in Hot Situations?



C H A P T E R 4

Why Does a Good Fight Sometimes Go Bad?



C H A P T E R 5

Why Can Ambition Sabotage Success?



C H A P T E R 6

Why Do People Resist Change?



C H A P T E R 7

Why Do Good Teams Go Bad?



C H A P T E R 8

What Causes a Star to Fade?



C O N C L U S I O N

The Aha Moment



References



Index
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Review quote

..".no brief commentary such as mine can do full justice to the information, insights, and counsel that Nicole Lipkin provides." --Blogging on Business
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About Nicole Lipkin

Nicole Lipkin a sought-after speaker and consultant, holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology as well as an MBA. She has shared her expertise on NPR, NBC, CBS, Fox Business News, and other high-profile media outlets.
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