Seeking the Calm in the Storm: Managing Chaos in Your Business Life

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FT Press, 2002 - Business & Economics - 239 pages
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Taking control -- in a world of constant turbulence.

-- A breakthrough guide to finding new balance in your work -- and your life.

-- Understand the technological and societal forces that are pressing on you -- and discover new ways to manage.

Feel like life's out of control? You're not alone. We're all facing a world of unrelenting, accelerating turbulence -- with new technology subjecting us to constant, non-stop demands, and no time to reflect on what really matters most. Even worse, in the wake of 9/11, we're living with powerful new dangers and uncertainties about our society and our futures. In this book, social psychologist and business consultant Dr. Judith Bardwick helps us understand what's really happening -- and offers a practical plan for retaking control, improving our effectiveness, and regaining our sense of well-being. One by one, she considers all the factors that make contemporary life and work so stressful, including the requirement to live at "Web speed, " the growing complexity and ubiquity of communications technology, and the world's growing disregard for privacy. Next, she offers a step-by-step plan for taking control. Discover how to convert vague anxieties into specific, solvable problems; establish realistic priorities and reduce overload; and identify manageable risks and challenges that can be engaged and overcome. Understand your personal goals and workstyles more clearly, so you can achieve a better fit with your organization -- or find an organization that fits you better. Manage technology instead of letting it manage you; think more clearly about the changes you initiate; and, above all, learn to bring balance and satisfaction back into your life.

  

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Contents

Chapterl WHERES MY PERSONAL
1
WEB SPEED
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ChapterS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
23
DDES ANYONE CARE THAT
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ITS THE PEOPLE STUFF
45
PRIVACY Is INVADED
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FROM THE FOXHOLE
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ChapterS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY is
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ACHIEVE BEST
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DIFFERENT KINDS OF ORGANIZATIONS 1 36
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MANAGE
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BET THE PEOPLE PART RIGHT l 6 1
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DONT LEAP INTO
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THE RULES OF CHANGE 1 77
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THE CHANGE
14
Create a Profoundly
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POROUS BOUNDARIES
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REGAIN CONTROL 99
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ARE You A FORD
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MOVE THE NEEDLE l 23
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Afterword
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About the author (2002)

DR. JUDITH BARDWICK is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Diego, and president of the San Diego-based Bardwick and Associates. A truly original thinker, she has become one of the world's most sought-after consultants, educators, speakers, and authors on the social psychology of the corporate environment an arena she has researched and worked in for more than 30 years.

She has authored over 100 papers, articles, and books on a wide range of subjects, including optimizing effectiveness and performance, developing leadership qualities, and facilitating the conditions necessary for personal and business success.

While at the University of Michigan in the early 1960s, she organized the country's first graduate seminar on the Psychology of Women. In 1971, she published Psychology of Women, the first post-psychoanalytic book on the subject. In her 20 years at Michigan, she rose through the professorial ranks to Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Literature, Science, and Arts.

She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan, and other leading professional organizations. Her biography has appeared in Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women, The Encyclopedia of American Women, American Men and Women of Science The Social and Behavioral Sciences, and other prestigious directories. She is also a member of the boards of directors of Western Financial Bank and Westcorp.

Dr. Bardwick's best-selling books include Danger in the Comfort Zone and In Praise of Good Business.

Dr. Bardwick currently resides in La Jolla, CA.

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