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Leading a Business in Anxious Times is a must read for leaders during this time of continuous change.

Leading a Business in Anxious Times introduces systems-based leadership is an approach that is grounded in a well-tested theory of human behavior used by family therapists for over fifty years. The authors show that the patterns of automatic behavior governing family relationships also affect business relationships, or the “emotional system” of the workplace, and can have a profound impact on every business's success. Every business whether manufacturing, service, government, or other, all have people as their driving force and as a result share the common challenge of “people issues.” We see people issues as the emotional responses in a relationship system that significantly impact business success—fear, conflict, loss, demoralization—all require leadership that calms the organization and inspires collaboration, creative problem solving, and innovation. The emotional system in each workplace has its own pattern of responding to stress, which has evolved over time. Becoming a more emotionally aware leader provides you with a new lens for viewing workplace performance. This book will help you to see how organizational anxiety, which often goes undetected like the undertow of an ocean current, can lead to underperformance at the individual, group, departmental, and corporate level.

Using the stories of several successful business leaders — as well as the stories of the authors themselves — to illustrate the concepts introduced in the book, Leading a Business in Anxious Times provides you with the tools you need to make yourself a stronger, more effective leader.

After reading this book, it will be difficult for you to go back to your old ways of leading.

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Advance Praise

“This book is invaluable for those curious about the workplace as a system. It contains practical explanations for the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of what happens at work and what to do about it. Anyone trying to understand the workplace and develop increased leadership capacity should read this book.”

— Kathy Wiseman, Principal, Working Systems


“Psychiatrist Murray Bowen's application of natural systems thinking to human behavior radically advanced our understanding of what undermines cohesion and cooperation in social groups. Fox and Baker so deftly explain and illustrate how systems ideas bring order to the sometimes tense and chaotic relationships in a workplace that it is a must-read for employees and employers alike"

— Michael E. Kerr, MD, Director, Bowen Center for the Study of Family