For a great read on leadership in difficult times, check out the current BusinessWeek article “How Four Rookie CEO’s Handled the Great Recession”
The article highlights one of our clients’ leaders, Jim Kennedy from T. Rowe Price, and their collective success through one of the most demanding periods of recent memory. Based on his work with Jim, Marty Seldman commented on how using many of the principles in Executive Stamina, Jim and many of the leaders at T. Rowe Price were able to strengthen their company and at the same time balance their personal live. As many of our clients know, it is actually this balance that allows them to have success.
Here are some excerpts from the article:
“T. Rowe Price’s Kennedy prides himself on balancing the demands of office and home. But over the second weekend of September 2008, as Lehman Brothers was crumbling to dust, he worked the phones from his Baltimore headquarters, trying to ease investor concerns about his own firm. Family, church, and gym all had to wait. “I think God might forgive me for missing Mass that one day,” says Kennedy, 56.”
“Kennedy made time for his personal life throughout the challenging months. He got married last year, for the second time, and kept up regular golf games with his new wife, Maureen. He also swam laps three times a week. Periodic checkups with his executive coach, Marty Seldman, helped Kennedy keep perspective on his life and career. “If leaders look like they are unraveling, it can create a vicious cycle of more fear and more stress in the company,” says Seldman. “Jim stayed calm and confident.”
Looking back, Kennedy sounds as grateful to have safeguarded his own health as much as his company’s. “For some CEOs, this would shorten their careers pretty dramatically,” he says. “Others will learn from this and be impacted for the rest of their lives.”
“Executive Stamina is a brilliant how-to book. It will help anyone maximize his or her full career potential and live a more balanced, integrated life . . . priceless.”
–Michael White, CEO, PepsiCo International, and Vice Chairman, PepsiCo
Executive Stamina By Executive Coach Marty Seldman And Fitness Expert Joshua Seldman Provides Holistic Approach To Career And Life Success
Aligning personal goals with career goals has never been more difficult than it is today. As technology shrinks the world and businesses compete on a global level, executive workloads have increased dramatically. People feel they must stay connected 24/7, making it nearly impossible to get away from the office. Although working round-the-clock may seem like the road to career success, for most people, it’s actually a recipe for career disaster and personal disappointment.
In EXECUTIVE STAMINA (Wiley, May 2008), executive coach Marty Seldman and fitness expert Joshua Seldman tackle this problem head-on, providing a holistic approach to help executives maximize their career potential, maintain their physical health, and align their actions with their core values. Focusing on fitness, nutrition, time and stress management, and building positive relationships, EXECUTIVE STAMINA is the key to increasing effectiveness at work, while enhancing personal happiness and fulfillment.
A clinical psychologist, Marty Seldman has coached executives at companies like Disney, PepsiCo, Frito-Lay, and General Electric for more than twenty years. He has carefully tracked their progress and includes case studies from his work in the book. His son Joshua Seldman, a champion endurance athlete and trainer, has contributed a scientifically based nutrition and exercise program to EXECUTIVE STAMINA to help executives stay physically fit and achieve peak performance in all areas of their lives.
The book is divided into five parts:
Work/Life Alignment – Using exercises and answering questions, readers identify what is truly important to them. They then analyze their current schedules to determine whether the way they spend their time is aligned with their top priorities and values. The authors also show readers how to identify their career “sweet spot,” the work that satisfies them the most.
Health And Wellness – In this section, readers learn to establish fitness, nutrition, and stress management systems necessary to sustain energy, enthusiasm, and focus. The authors include complete guidelines for integrating healthy practices into one’s daily life at work, at home, and on the road.
Job Performance And Business Results – This section focuses on staying in control while minimizing distractions and unnecessary stress. Readers learn how to make the best use of their time, identifying high payoff activities that maximize success.
Career Management – Career progression is not just about doing the best job possible. It’s also about understanding how the system works. What are the competencies needed for growth? Who decides which executives will get promoted? Why is networking and selfpromotion important? This section teaches key skills to maximize career progression, and includes an in-depth discussion of the most common mistakes that can derail careers.
Maintaining Positive Relationships – A successful business career can present challenges to personal relationships – and personal relationships can present challenges to a business career. Yet having strong relationships with family and friends is a key to overall happiness. This section includes practices to help executives maintain meaningful relationships, despite hectic workloads.
Combining the wisdom and methodology of the very best executive coaching with the cutting edge training techniques of world-class athletes, EXECUTIVE STAMINA will help executives at all levels and in all industries fulfill their potential at work and in life. Throughout the book, the authors emphasize “progressive change” and “improvement not perfection,” making it easy for anyone to take the first steps towards life-enhancing change.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Marty Seldman, Ph.D. is one of the world’s most experienced and successful executive coaches and is president of Seldman Executive Development Programs (www.seldman.com). He is the co-author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller Survival of the Savvy: High-Integrity Political Tactics for Career and Company Success as well as the author of Super Selling Through Self-Talk: The Ultimate Edge In Sales Success. As an organizational consultant, Dr. Seldman specializes in team building, conflict resolution, feedback systems, and skills and workshops in building and maintaining trust. He received his B.A. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Temple University.
Joshua Seldman is a highly respected cycling and fitness coach and a successful endurance athlete. During his professional athletic career, he was a twelve-hour and twentyfour- hour solo mountain bike champion. He was also a lead coach for Carmichael Training Systems and Lance Armstrong’s Tour of Hope cross-country ride. He received his B.S. in exercise physiology, specializing in sports psychology from the University of Florida.
How to Optimize Time, Energy, and Productivity to Achieve Peak Performance
By Marty Seldman, Ph.D. and Joshua Seldman
Publication Date: May 2008
Price: $24.95 / hardcover
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