Managing Executive Health: Personal and Corporate Strategies for Sustained Success

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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
Executive women
Physical health
Psychological wellbeing
Spiritual vitality
Ethical character
A secure base for performing and achieving

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James Campbell Quick is John and Judy Goolsby Distinguished Professor and founding Director of Goolsby Leadership Academy at the University of Texas at Arlington. Professor Quick has over 100 publications in 10 languages and is a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Psychological Society, and the American Institute of Stress (AIS).

Cary L. Cooper is Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health and Pro-Vice Chancellor (External Relations) at Lancaster University. He is the author of over 100 books, Editor-in-Chief of the The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Management and the editor of Who's Who in the Management Sciences. Professor Cooper was awarded a CBE for his contribution to organizational health.

Joanne H. Gavin is Assistant Professor of Management at Marist College. She has published in many leading journals and has co-authored chapters in International Review of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Psychology Builds a Healthy World.

Jonathan D. Quick is a family physician and public health management specialist. He is President and CEO of Management Sciences for Health, an international group dedicated to closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Health at Boston University School of Public Health.

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