The Power of Pause. How to be More Effective in a Demanding, 24/7 World

  • ID: 2213673
  • Book
  • Region: Global
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for The Power of Pause

"The Power of Pause is a great tool for us in these changing times. It helps us avoid the problems that ′continuous partial attention′ and multitasking create and shows us how to think things through and achieve what′s important."
—Spencer Johnson, M.D., author, Who Moved My Cheese?

"This is a powerful book that will change the way you do business and live your life. Pausing in a fast–paced world will help anyone be more productive."
—Jeffrey J. Fox, author, How to Become a Rainmaker and Rain: What a Paperboy Learned About Business

"In our 24/7 world we are overwhelmed with choices, rushing to decide and to act. Nance Guilmartin′s interesting and lively book teaches us to pause, reflect calmly, assess the real options, and then launch our solutions. She′s right. It works."
—John Mendelsohn, M.D., president, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

"These simple yet powerful practices enable leaders to more effectively manage teams, make decisions, and solve the right problems. They are as important for schools to teach to MBA students as finance and accounting."
—Joyce Elam, executive dean, Florida International University College of Business Administration

"Whether you are leading people in battle, in organizational transformation, or in the fight against climate change, this extraordinary book has much to teach about how to solve the new century′s challenges."
—John Elkington, coauthor, The Power of Unreasonable People

"The Power of Pause teaches us how to manage our energy—which is essentialin today′s 24/7 environment."
—Cheryl McDowell, vice president, Finance Americas, Oracle Corporation

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An Invitation to the Power of Pause.

Part One The Power of Pause Process: How to Shift from Running on Automatic.

1 Restoring the Ability to Choose.

2 What Is a Pause?

3 The Paradox of Pause: You Gain Impact by Taking a (Brief) Time–Out.

Tips and Yeah, buts.

Part Two Get Curious Not Furious: Take Back Control to Get New Options.

4 What Happens When We′re Wired to Snap?

5 Get a Reality Check: Save Time, Money, and Relationships.

6 What Is Curiosity?

7 Have You Been Caught in a Decision–Making Speed Trap?

8 When Curiosity Becomes Your New Default Setting.

Tips and Yeah, buts.

Part Three What Don′t I Know I Don′t Know? Ask Better Questions to Drive Success.

9 How Can We Ensure Success in Times of Uncertainty?

10 Drive Success with an Extra Measure of Humility.

11 Revisiting the Resentment Bank Account: Deposits and Withdrawals.

Tips and Yeah, buts.

Part Four The Art of the Pause: Do What Matters Most and Make It Count.

12 Where Are We Going?

13 What′s in It for Me?

14 Appreciations: The Power of Pause in Action.

Tips for Effectively Giving and Accepting Appreciation.

15 The Power of Pause Practices: Twelve Ways to Be Your Best and to Succeed in a Demanding, 24/7 World.

It′s Time: Now It′s Up to You.

Notes.

Appreciations.

About the Author.

Index.

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Four–time Emmy Award winner Nance Guilmartin is an executive coach, consultant, educator, and author of Healing Conversations. As a Westinghouse Broadcasting executive, she launched the national designated driver program and the For Kids′ Sake and Time to Care campaigns, sparking community problem solving in over 100 cities. She was press secretary to the late U.S. Senator Paul Tsongas and a writer–editor for CBS NewsRadio. Guilmartin is a Fellow of Florida International University′s Center for Leadership, where she teaches the executive education program Women on the Move, and is a clinical adjunct faculty member at the College of Business Administration. She lives in Massachusetts.

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