Neil Bradford, Managing Director, Forrester North America
There has been a great deal of talk during the past two decades about the serious problem of stress and burnout. Most of the discussion focuses on the pessimistic side of the story. The underlying assumption is that we are in a fierce struggle, one that we frequently lose. Burnout is presented as almost inevitable, and solutions focusing on recovery are offered.
But there is another, more optimistic side to the story. What about the people who endure tough times with courage and grace, or bounce back from crises with renewed energy when logic tells you the situation should have left them depleted and discouraged? For all the talk about burnout, the fact is that the majority of people spend most of their lives coping amazingly well.
Being good at not burning out is a skill more than a genetic personality trait. Just like any skill, you have to work at it. You can learn to manage your behavior and your thinking, but it takes discipline and practice to do it.
There are thousands of success stories every day about people who continue to survive and make the best of tough times. So how do they do it? What are the real stories of how individuals survive and thrive during uncertain and difficult times? And what is their advice on preventing burnout? This book answers these questions.
From the Introduction
Chapter 1: Introduction.
Part One: Mindset and Attitudes.
Chapter 2: Watch Your Thoughts.
Chapter 3: Find the Meaning.
Chapter 4: Get a Grip on What Really Matters.
Chapter 5: Keep Your Options Open.
Chapter 6: Be Careful How You Tell Your Own Story.
Part Two: Habits and Actions.
Chapter 7: Laugh More Than You Whine.
Chapter 8: If You re a Control Freak, Get Over It.
Chapter 9: Develop Healthy Rituals.
Chapter 10: Get Organized.
Part Three: Connections and Relationships.
Chapter 11: Build a Network of Strong Relationships.
Chapter 12: Defending Yourself from Toxic People.
Chapter 13: Be a Good Team Member.
Part Four: Organizational Setting Is It Helping or Hurting You?
Chapter 14: Is Your Work Culture Burning You Out?
Chapter 15: Are You Being Held Captive by Your Organization?
Chapter 16: Are You Working for a Toxic Boss or an Inspiring Leader?
Chapter 17: Conclusion.
Ray Bender, Ph.D. is a speaker, consultant and author who specializes in advising CIOs and other senior executives on the management aspects of information technology. Dr. Bender is also a lecturer in the Management Department at Texas State University and Research Advisor for the CIO Group of Forrester Research. He was previously Vice President for Gartner Group s North American IT Executive Program, and was a Consulting Instructor at IBM s Advanced Business Institute. He is co–author of Culture.com.
Kirk L. Stromberg is the managing partner of the StarCompass Group, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in organizational and individual change. Previously, he was an executive at the senior management level at AARP responsible for strategic planning, several major change initiatives, and management of its research and training operations. He was also a lobbyist at the state and federal levels and an Operations Officer in the clandestine services of the CIA. He is co–author of Culture.com.