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Managing Executive Health


  • 7 b/w illus. 7 tables
  • Page extent: 256 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.42 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521688642)

The health of managers, executives, and business leaders has a massive impact on the performance and prospects of modern organizations. If health problems are not tackled, people become less productive, less effective, and more destructive. It is clear that business leaders and human resource professionals cannot afford to ignore the impact of work-related health issues on company performance. Yet even acknowledging this fact still leaves us with a choice over how to proceed. Should we try to minimize those risks that typically lead to health problems or seek to strengthen executive health? While recognising that identifying health risks is the first step in any preventive health program, Managing Executive Health argues for a positive approach, which emphasizes physical vigour, psychological well-being, spiritual vitality, and ethical integrity. Key issues are illustrated throughout with case studies of high-profile figures from the worlds of business and politics.

• Takes a holistic approach to managing executive well-being • Includes real-life examples of high-profile figures from business and politics, such as Sir Terry Leahy (CEO, Tesco), Indra Nooyi (President and CEO, PepsiCo) and Condoleeza Rice (U.S. Secretary of State) • Provides strategies to build on strengths, identify weaknesses and to combat risks


List of figures; List of tables; List of spotlights; Acknowledgements; Foreword; 1. Competition, conflict, and executive health; 2. The Achilles' heel: risk and vulnerability; 3. The loneliness of command; 4. Work demands and travel; 5. Professional crisis and personal tragedy; 6. Executive women and health; 7. Physical health; 8. Psychological well-being; 9. Spiritual vitality; 10. Ethical character; 11. A secure base for performing and achieving; Bibliography; Index.


'Our research shows that almost 100% of executives, managers and professionals become dissonant within themselves and with others due to the ravages of chronic stress. The sad fact is that most never recover and doom themselves to less effective, less sustainable performance – not to mention a less exciting life. Most books about executive health and stress make you feel guilty and worry - this one creates hope. Read it, it could save your life!' Richard Boyatzis, Case Western Reserve University and co-author of the international best seller Primal Leadership, Resonant Leadership and Becoming a Resonant Leader

'According the EU Lisbon Strategy, what Europe needs for health and development of its population is 'more and better jobs.' Optimal executive health is absolutely essential for achieving this. I know of no better text to promote such a development than the one now prepared by Quick et al. It should be compulsory reading in every business school and board room, worldwide.' Lennart Levi, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm

'This book is long overdue. Managing Executive Health convincingly builds a well documented case for the authors' contention that physical health and psychological well-being form the necessary base from which sustained high performance can be successfully realized.' Jim Loehr, Human Performance Institute and best-selling co-author of The Power of Full Engagement

'A comprehensive analysis of the pitfalls and stresses associated with leadership and why current conditions are contributing to an increase in these problems and their adverse fiscal and health effects. This concise volume contains numerous useful suggestions on how to prevent or minimize such complications so that executives can learn how to become more productive and less self destructive.' Paul J. Rosch, The American Institute of Stress; Clinical Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, New York Medical College

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