Managing Executive Health: Personal and Corporate Strategies for Sustained Success
Cambridge University Press, Jun 5, 2008 - Business & Economics - 237 pages
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.
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A good number of businesses (with money) invest in the health of their executives through fitness exams, health retreats, and health promotion. Unfortunately, these programs do not always rest on a strong (empirical or theortical) model of manager health. If you are going to invest in leadership health (yours or others) -- and you should -- you SHOULD also read this book because it will help you not only to THINK about the risk associated with being a manager but also give you the terms, processes, and organizational framework you need to ASSESS the program before you buy. Indeed, if you follow the recommendations in Quick et als. book, you may save yourself both time and money.
competition and performance
risk and vulnerability
Loneliness at the top
Work demands and travel
Professional crisis and personal tragedy