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Flying Without a Net: Turn Fear of Change Into Fuel for Success (Hardcover)

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Named one of 100 Leadership & Success Books to Read in a Lifetime by Amazon Editors

Confronted by omnipresent threats of job loss and change, even the brightest among us are anxious. In response, we're hunkering down, blocking ourselves from new challenges. This response hurts us and our organizations, but we fear making ourselves even more vulnerable by committing mistakes while learning something new.

In Flying Without a Net, Thomas DeLong explains how to draw strength from vulnerability. First, understand the forces that escalate anxiety in high achievers and the unproductive behaviors you turn to for relief. Then adopt practices that give you the courage to do the right things poorly before doing the right things well.

Drawing on his extensive research and consulting work, DeLong lays out:

- Roots of high achievers' anxiety: fear of being wrong and lack of a sense of purpose, and a craving for human connection

- Destructive behaviors we adopt to relieve our anxiety: busyness, comparing ourselves to others, and blaming others for our frustrations

- Behaviors we must adopt to gain strength from vulnerability: putting the past behind us and seeking honest feedback

Packed with practical advice and inspiring stories, Flying Without a Net is an invaluable resource for all leaders seeking to thrive in this Age of Anxiety.

About the Author

Thomas DeLong is the Philip J. Stomberg Professor of Management Practice in the Organizational Behavior area at the Harvard Business School. His research focuses on the challenges facing individuals and organizations in the process of change.

Praise For…

Summing Up: Recommended” CHOICE

If you have these types of personalities in your organization, or are one yourself, DeLong’s book will be enormously helpful.” HR Professional magazine

As part leadership training and part psychology text, Flying Without a Net takes on the often-overlooked soft side of the leadership vortex, and DeLong’s timing could not be better.” Korn Ferry Briefings

The jargon-free book delivers a helpful read that will give you a sophisticated means to accomplish your tasks with grace and aplomb.” Read Flying Without a Net to reassess your ambitions, restore your sensibilities and inspire you to do more than just checking tasks off a list.” Small Business Trends (

For those who like a little psychoanalysis with their summer reading, this is the perfect book.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Harvard Business School professor Thomas J. DeLong’s Flying Without a Net is a must-read.” - Infosys Finacle Connect

Product Details
ISBN: 9781422162293
ISBN-10: 142216229X
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication Date: June 14th, 2011
Pages: 288
Language: English