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Deliberate Calm

How to Learn and Lead in a Volatile World

by Jacqueline Brassey, Aaron De Smet, Michiel Kruyt

On Sale: 11/29/2022

Price: $29.99

Deliberate Calm

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Deliberate Calm

How to Learn and Lead in a Volatile World

by Jacqueline Brassey, Aaron De Smet, Michiel Kruyt

On Sale: 11/29/2022

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Price: $29.99

About the Book

A trio of McKinsey & Company veterans draws from a unique combination of psychology, neuroscience, and consciousness practices plus a combined 50-plus years of international board room experience to offer a unique approach to learning and leading with awareness and intentional choice, even amidst the most challenging circumstances.

As the speed of change in our increasingly complex world accelerates daily, leaders are tasked with performing outside of their familiar zones both in their personal and professional lives. This requires us to adapt. Yet, the same conditions that make adapting so important can also trigger fear, leading us to resist change and default to reactive behavior. The authors call this the “adaptability paradox”: when we most need to learn and change, we stick with what we know, often in ways that stifle learning and innovation. To avoid this trap, leaders must become proactive so they can lead ahead of the curve.

Enter Deliberate Calm, a tangible guide that combines cutting-edge neuroscience, psychology, and consciousness practices, along with the authors’ decades of experience working with leaders around the globe. By practicing Dual Awareness, which integrates our internal and external experiences, leaders can become fluid and respond to challenges with intentional choice instead of being limited by their old success models. With Deliberate Calm, anyone can lead and learn with awareness and choice to realize their full potential, even in times of uncertainty, complexity, and change.

Critical Praise

“Life’s full catastrophe means stressors never stop. We can all use the advice offered in Deliberate Calm.”Daniel Goleman, bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence

“Leaders have an enormous influence on the lives of those they lead; when leaders get stuck, often their teams, organizations, and families also get stuck. With this book, you can tap into wisdom that will help you control your responses under pressure, enabling you to stay focused and present. A must-read for anyone looking to gain the confidence to face the challenges in life.” — Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global

“This beautiful book could change your life. The authors offer profound insights gained from their combined decades of practice and research—brought to life through compelling stories—to present an actionable guide to leading in a world full of uncertainty and stress.” — Amy C. Edmondson, professor at Harvard Business School and author of The Fearless Organization<

“The Deliberate Calm Promise helps you get unstuck in your old patterns of behavior that do not seem to work for you. With very helpful explanation and examples, the book will make you understand that you do not have control over the external environment, but the way you respond can be in your hands, and that will bring peace and calm in your life.” — Anu Aga, former chairperson of the Thermax Group and former nominated member of the Indian Parliament

“When in the midst of a furious exchange or panic at seeing your demons let loose, it is not helpful when someone says, ‘Calm down.’ If you had read and followed the path in this marvelous book, Deliberate Calm, you would know how to do it. The stories and messages take self-control to a whole new level with overtones of Eastern philosophy. So instead of meditating for hours each week or practicing martial arts until your hands are callused, read and reread Deliberate Calm. It will help, and your family, friends, and coworkers will thank you!” — Richard Boyatzis, PhD, Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve University, coauthor of the international bestsellers Primal Leadership and Helping People Change

“CEOs and business leaders continue to face unprecedented and urgent challenges—not the least of which are the global problems of pandemics, runaway climate change, and increasing poverty—that require extreme adaptability. Deliberate Calm is a science-backed, field-tested must-read to help lead through these toughest of times and seize the multitudes of opportunities.” — Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, 2009–2019 and author of Net Positive

“When faced with a situation we have never encountered before, it is natural for most of us to panic. Seeing, instead, such a situation as a learning opportunity may sound unnatural if not incredulous. But deliberately facing this unknown with the use of specific behavioral steps will improve one’s adaptability, learning agility, and overall awareness. This is the authors’ promise. And the best part is that they provide considerable evidence to support their promise.” — W. Warner Burke, PhD, professor emeritus of psychology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University

“In a time when the world feels more uncertain than ever, Deliberate Calm will empower you to face any challenge with clarity and purpose.” — Francesca Gino, professor at Harvard Business School and bestselling author of Rebel Talent

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063208964
  • ISBN 10: 0063208962
  • Imprint: Harper Business
  • On Sale: 11/29/2022
  • Trimsize: 6.000 in (w) x 9.000 in (h) x 1.090 in (d)
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price: $29.99
  • BISAC1 : HEALTH & FITNESS / Work-Related Health
  • BISAC2 : BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Mindfulness & Meditation
  • BISAC3 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Workplace Culture