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Alan Downs - The Fearless Executive Finding the Courage to Trust Your Talents and Be the Leader You Are Meant to Be

Alan Downs - The Fearless Executive Finding the Courage to Trust Your Talents and Be the Leader You Are Meant to Be

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Editorial Reviews
From Publishers Weekly
Drawing partly on the lessons of his own career path as a human resources executive turned management consultant, and partly on his experience counseling downsized employees, Downs sets out to show executives that they are often their own worst enemy. Many remain in jobs they dislike, relying on administrative and political skills that may be their weakest, thereby setting themselves up for failure. According to Downs, executives often operate based on the "trait of fear." Different from the terror of, say, walking down a dark alley, it's an ongoing concern about the future or anxiety over some imagined event: "you feel fear and avoid action altogether," Downs explains. He offers examples from corporate America (including the experiences of Lee Iacocca and Charles Wang) and some fairy tale anecdotes to show readers that they can break this fear cycle by "acknowledg[ing] and confront[ing] the irrational beliefs that underlie a fear; mak[ing] a conscious effort to push past the fear and take positive action in the direction of the fear." Although Downs's premise is intriguing, his book is a disappointment. A more cohesive structure bolstered with more practical exercises and real-life scenarios would have made it a more useful tool. (June)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Booklist
Fear, our greatest enemy, undermines our confidence in ourselves and persuades us to abandon our core strengths and talents. Downs teaches us how to recognize basic fears and how to break the cycle of fear to discover what we are truly good at and where our passion lies. He analyzes the basic fears, such as inadequacy (What if I fail?), fear of rejection (What if I'm not accepted?), fear of scarcity (What if someone else steals my role?), fear of reality (Isn't there a quick fix?), fear of the unknown (What is lurking out there?), fear of authority (What if I break the rules?), and fear of aging (What if I'm obsolete?). The author concludes that successful leaders share one common factor--they all manage their fears and have discovered their unique blend of talents, trusting those talents completely. Although some may not agree with all his concepts, this is a thought-provoking book on a familiar topic. Mary Whaley
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Review
"..a thought provoking book." -- Booklist

"The book is filled with practical, timely recommendations, any one of which can get you back on track." -- Casino International

"This practical and compassionate guide is rich in real-life vignettes and on-the-job management applications." -- The Dayton Business Journal
About the Author
Alan Downs, Ph.D. (Fort Lauderdale, FL) is a consultant, management psychologist, and former human resources executive. His earlier books include Corporate Executions, Beyond the Looking Glass, and Seven Miracles of Management.
Editorial Reviews
From Publishers Weekly
Drawing partly on the lessons of his own career path as a human resources executive turned management consultant, and partly on his experience counseling downsized employees, Downs sets out to show executives that they are often their own worst enemy. Many remain in jobs they dislike, relying on administrative and political skills that may be their weakest, thereby setting themselves up for failure. According to Downs, executives often operate based on the "trait of fear." Different from the terror of, say, walking down a dark alley, it's an ongoing concern about the future or anxiety over some imagined event: "you feel fear and avoid action altogether," Downs explains. He offers examples from corporate America (including the experiences of Lee Iacocca and Charles Wang) and some fairy tale anecdotes to show readers that they can break this fear cycle by "acknowledg[ing] and confront[ing] the irrational beliefs that underlie a fear; mak[ing] a conscious effort to push past the fear and take positive action in the direction of the fear." Although Downs's premise is intriguing, his book is a disappointment. A more cohesive structure bolstered with more practical exercises and real-life scenarios would have made it a more useful tool. (June)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Booklist
Fear, our greatest enemy, undermines our confidence in ourselves and persuades us to abandon our core strengths and talents. Downs teaches us how to recognize basic fears and how to break the cycle of fear to discover what we are truly good at and where our passion lies. He analyzes the basic fears, such as inadequacy (What if I fail?), fear of rejection (What if I'm not accepted?), fear of scarcity (What if someone else steals my role?), fear of reality (Isn't there a quick fix?), fear of the unknown (What is lurking out there?), fear of authority (What if I break the rules?), and fear of aging (What if I'm obsolete?). The author concludes that successful leaders share one common factor--they all manage their fears and have discovered their unique blend of talents, trusting those talents completely. Although some may not agree with all his concepts, this is a thought-provoking book on a familiar topic. Mary Whaley
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
Review
"..a thought provoking book." -- Booklist

"The book is filled with practical, timely recommendations, any one of which can get you back on track." -- Casino International

"This practical and compassionate guide is rich in real-life vignettes and on-the-job management applications." -- The Dayton Business Journal
About the Author
Alan Downs, Ph.D. (Fort Lauderdale, FL) is a consultant, management psychologist, and former human resources executive. His earlier books include Corporate Executions, Beyond the Looking Glass, and Seven Miracles of Management.

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title:
The Fearless Executive : Finding the Courage toTrust Your Talents and Be the Leader You AreMeant to Be
author:
Downs, Alan.
publisher:
 AMACOM Books
isbn10 | asin:
0814405657
print isbn13:
9780814405659
ebook isbn13:
9780585202259
language:
English
subject
Executives, Executive ability.
publication date:
2000
lcc:
HD38.2.D68 2000eb
ddc:
658.4
subject:
Executives, Executive ability.
 
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The Fearless Executive
Finding the Courage to Trust Your Talents andBe the Leader You Are Meant to Be
Alan Downs
 

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