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New Book Reveals the Powerful and Undermining Impact of Stress on Good Decision Making and What Leaders Can Do About It

The Stress Effect: Why Smart Leaders Make Dumb Decisions—And What to Do About It (Jossey-Bass, 2010) is a must-read book for Leaders who want to become Masters of Decision Making Under Stress and for those who must Hire, Develop and Retain High Potential Leaders.

Watkinsville, GA (PRWEB) April 29, 2010 -- In his groundbreaking and insightful new resource for leaders, The Stress Effect: Why Smart Leaders Make Dumb Decisions—And What to Do About It, Leadership Expert Henry L. (Dick) Thompson, Ph.D., shows that stress is often the real culprit behind leadership failure. When leaders’ stress levels become sufficiently elevated—whether in the boardroom or on the front line of a manufacturing process—their ability to effectively use their Emotional Intelligence and Cognitive Ability in tandem to make wise decisions is significantly impaired. Until now, experts have argued that increasing your Emotional Intelligence will help you cope with and manage stress. This book suggests that stress actually blocks access to your Emotional Intelligence as well as your Cognitive Ability, two critical components in the decision-making process. This book:

  • Shows how stress adversely affects the performance of even the most savvy leaders;
  • Explains how Leaders can use Performance Aids to make better decisions under stress; and
  • Arms Leaders with best practices for building a Stress Resilient System™, personally & organization-wide.
"The Stress Effect is superbly written. Every leader can grow personally and professionally from the information it presents on how stress impacts the quality and timeliness of decisions. It should be required reading for CEOs, members of the National Security Council, all military commanders, and university leaders,” says Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré, U.S. Army (Ret), former Commander of First Army and Joint Task Force Katrina.

Purchase The Stress Effect: Why Smart Leaders Make Dumb Decisions—And What to Do About It online or in stores at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Borders and 800 CEO Read. Download for Kindle available at Amazon.

Bonus Materials:
Bonus materials for The Stress Effect: Why Smart Leaders Make Dumb Decisions—And What to Do About It, including a free Book Review Leader's Guide and a Webcast Series, are available at:

About the Author:
Henry L. (Dick) Thompson, Ph.D., speaks to business and professional groups around the world on topics related to Leadership, Stress, Teams and High Performance. He is a senior executive and award-winning organizational psychologist with over 30 years of leadership experience—from the battlefield to the boardroom. He is the president and CEO of High Performing Systems, Inc. (HPS), providing Leadership Solutions for the 21st Century to Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and a diverse group of public, private and international firms. For speaking engagement inquiries, please contact Debra Cannarella, HPS Director of Operations, by email at debra(at)hpsys(dot)com.

For more information about The Stress Effect: Why Smart Leaders Make Dumb Decisions—And What to Do About It, visit the website at For more information about High Performing Systems, Inc., visit the website at

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