Seeking the Calm in the Storm: Managing Chaos in Your Business Life

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One of the world's leading social psychologists and organizational consultants offers a clear path from turmoil to peace, from chaos to balance. A breakthrough guide to finding new balance in your work and your life.

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Ever more speed. Ever more change. Ever more risk. Ever more stress. In a business world of nonstop acceleration, a world that veers ever closer to chaos, how can human beings and organizations regain control? How can they find the goals that matter, achieve them, and feel fulfilled? In Seeking the Calm in the Storm, one of the world's leading social psychologists and organizational consultants takes on these questions—and offers a clear path from turmoil to peace, from chaos to balance.

A breakthrough guide to finding new balance in your work—and your life.

  • Taking control—and achieving personal peace—in a world of accelerating turbulence
  • Why you're so stressed, and how to change it
  • Transforming vague anxieties into solvable problems
  • Finding the right organization for your work style, and the right work style for your organization
  • Clearing away unnecessary complexity and unproductive clutter
  • How to stop serving your technology—and make it serve you

Feel like life's out of control? You're not alone. We're all facing a world of unrelenting turbulence—with new technology subjecting us to constant, nonstop demands, and no time for reflection or wisdom. Even worse, in the wake of 9/11, we're living with powerful new dangers and uncertainties about our society and our futures. In this book, renowned organizational consultant and social psychologist Dr. Judith M. Bardwick helps you understand what's really happening—and offers a practical plan for retaking control and regaining balance.

Whether you're a "Ferrari" who thrives on acceleration or a "Ford" who thrives on stability, Bardwick shows you how to find the confidence that leads to breakthrough achievement and fulfillment. You'll learn how to make change without triggering chaos, how to cultivate your sense of adventure, and above all, how to refocus your life on what really matters to you—whatever that may be.

"Judy Bardwick has captured the essence of the challenges ofour fast-paced, 24/7 lives and clearly articulated how peopleand organizations can respond effectively to find peace. Herassessment of the challenges we face resonates; her proposalsfor our future enrich, enable, and help us find some calmamidst our daily storms.

"She understands the pressures of the world around us, theliabilities of modern society. But even more, she points us ina direction to help organizations and individuals change. Shereminds and encourages us to take control of our destiny. Thework is realistic, clever, insightful and useful to us every day."

—David Ulrich,
author of The HR Scorecard andnamed BusinessWeekUs #1 Business Guru

"At a time when information technology is radically changing changingthe way we work, people must understand what balancebalance means—both for themselves and for their companies. In this book, Judith Bardwick brings both great insight and soundprescription for how to manage through the change."

—James A. Champy,
co-author, Reengineering the Corporation and
X-Engineering the Corporation

"Judith Bardwick's book is a rich and informed foray into the wildly turbulent, 24/7 world facing every individual and organization. It is a splendid read because of its thick wisdom. Beyond that, it's a comforting read because it makes one feel less alone and that it's possible to understand, and to some degree master, the context of this swirling and volatile world."

—Warren Bennis,
University Professor, USC,
and co-author, Geeks and Geezers

"Judy Bardwick is always ahead of the curve. Seeking the Calm in the Storm can not only help us build more effective organizations, it can help us build more effective lives!"

—Marshall Goldsmith,
co-editor, The Leader of the Future,
co-author, The Leadership Investment, a 2001 Choice award winner

"Judy Bardwick is a teacher of the first order.Like all effective teachers, she gives usperspective on the world we face and instillsthe belief that we can bring order out of thechaos surrounding our lives."

—Jim Collins,
author of Good to Greatand coauthor of Built to Last

About the Author:

DR. JUDITH BARDWICK is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Diego, and president of the San Diego-based Bardwick and Associates. A truly original thinker, she has become one of the world's most sought-after consultants, educators, speakers, and authors on the social psychology of the corporate environment—an arena she has researched and worked in for more than 30 years.

She has authored over 100 papers, articles, and books on a wide range of subjects, including optimizing effectiveness and performance, developing leadership qualities, and facilitating the conditions necessary for personal and business success.

While at the University of Michigan in the early 1960s, she organized the country's first graduate seminar on the Psychology of Women. In 1971, she published Psychology of Women, the first post-psychoanalytic book on the subject. In her 20 years at Michigan, she rose through the professorial ranks to Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Literature, Science, and Arts.

She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan, and other leading professional organizations. Her biography has appeared in Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women, The Encyclopedia of American Women, American Men and Women of Science—The Social and Behavioral Sciences, and other prestigious directories. She is also a member of the boards of directors of Western Financial Bank and Westcorp.

Dr. Bardwick's best-selling books include Danger in the Comfort Zone and In Praise of Good Business.

Dr. Bardwick currently resides in La Jolla, CA.

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