Deliberate Calm: How to Learn and Lead in a Volatile World

Deliberate Calm: How to Learn and Lead in a Volatile World

By Jacqueline Brassey, Aaron de Smet, and Michiel Kruyt

"A trio of McKinsey & Company veterans draws from a combination of psychology, neuroscience, and consciousness practices plus a combined 50-plus years of international board room experience to offer as approach to learning and leading with awareness and intentional choice, even amidst the most challenging circumstances"--.


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Book Information

Publisher: Harper Business
Publish Date: 11/29/2022
Pages: 336
ISBN-13: 9780063208964
ISBN-10: 0063208962
Language: English

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Drawing from a unique blend of psychology, neuroscience, and consciousness practices, as well as more than fifty years of combined international boardroom experience, three experts offer a unique approach to learning and leading with awareness and intentional choice amid even the most challenging circumstances.

As change accelerates daily in our increasingly complex world, leaders tasked with performing outside their comfort zones in both their personal and professional lives must adapt. Yet the same conditions that make it so important to adapt may also trigger fear, causing resistance to change and a default to reactive behavior. The authors call this the "adaptability paradox" at a time when we most need to learn and grow, we stick with what we know, often in ways that stifle change and innovation. To avoid this trap and be ahead of the curve, leaders must become proactive.

Enter Deliberate Calm, which combines cutting-edge neuroscience, psychology, and consciousness practices, along with the authors' decades of experience with leaders around the globe. By practicing Dual Awareness, which integrates internal and external experiences, leaders can become resilient and respond to challenges with intentional choice instead of being limited to old models of success. With Deliberate Calm, anyone can lead and learn with awareness and choice to realize their full potential, even in times of uncertainty, complexity, and change.

About the Authors

Jacqueline Brassey, PhD, MAfN, is McKinsey's chief scientist, the director of research science for People and Organizational Performance at McKinsey, and a global leader with the McKinsey Health Institute.

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Aaron De Smet is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company. For twenty-five years, he has helped institutions transform to improve performance and organizational health. After getting his MBA in 1992, Aaron helped lead research to enhance the impact of behavioral health programs. He earned his PhD in social and organizational psychology at Columbia University and joined McKinsey in 2003.

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Michiel Kruyt is the CEO of Imagine. one with a mission to help business leaders create systemic transformation toward a more sustainable and equal planet.

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