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Authors: Justin Menkes
Chapter from: "Better Under Pressure: How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Themselves and Others"
Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Published in: 2011

Abstract

As the world becomes more confusing, it seems like it's getting harder to think clearly. In this chapter, psychologist and executive evaluator Justin Menkes examines what clarity of thought looks like in practice, showing how stress can negatively affect your intelligence. To become a great leader, you need to harness stress as a motivator for intensifying your focus. Menkes shows you how, with a diagnostic exercise for evaluating your ability to find order in chaos and vivid case studies featuring master CEOs Joe Swedish (Trinity Health Systems), Dave O'Reilly (Chevron), and Dick Keyser (W W Grainger, Inc). This chapter was originally published as Chapter 6 of ‘Better Under Pressure: How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Themselves and Others.’ This chapter is excerpted from ‘Better Under Pressure: How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Themselves and Others'.

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Abstract

As the world becomes more confusing, it seems like it's getting harder to think clearly. In this chapter, psychologist and executive evaluator Justin Menkes examines what clarity of thought looks like in practice, showing how stress can negatively affect your intelligence. To become a great leader, you need to harness stress as a motivator for intensifying your focus. Menkes shows you how, with a diagnostic exercise for evaluating your ability to find order in chaos and vivid case studies featuring master CEOs Joe Swedish (Trinity Health Systems), Dave O'Reilly (Chevron), and Dick Keyser (W W Grainger, Inc). This chapter was originally published as Chapter 6 of ‘Better Under Pressure: How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Themselves and Others.’ This chapter is excerpted from ‘Better Under Pressure: How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Themselves and Others'.

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