Part III shows that among all the attributes of great leaders, one stands above the rest: they are highly trusted. Resilient cultures are built on trust, and trust affects a leader’s impact and the company’s bottom line more than anything else. The road to high performance is paved with choices. Leaders have the choice to be motivators or demotivators. Those who can see challenges as an opportunities to learn rather than insurmountable obstacles empower their teams to do the same.
"Disarmingly written with simple effortlessness, Tracey Grove renders complex ideas and concepts easily understandable and practical."
- Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times Bestselling Author, Triggers, Mojo, and What Got You Here Won't Get You There
"A powerful guide to leading..."
"Taming the Sabertooth will lead to lasting changes in both your professional and personal life. A powerful guide to leading with courage, humility and resilience."
- Brian Tracy, Author, How the Best Leaders Lead
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"Insightful, effective and compassionate..."
"A work that is at once insightful, effective and compassionate in its approach. An anecdotal and accessible guide for dealing with the manifold challenges of leadership."
- J.B Miller, President and CEO, Empire Entertainment
Part II explores how to stay true to who we are in challenging times. Leaders who are willing to be vulnerable, admit they don’t have the answers, and ask for help empower their teams to step into a role of personal accountability. These leaders know that to succeed, they have to trust their people to do the right thing. They are allies working with their employees, not heroes taking all the glory.
HOW THE BOOK WORKS
The book is divided into four parts:
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"Leading teams is now more important than ever. Tracey Grove has written a stimulating and insightful book with straightforward, actionable ways to become a resilient leader in today's fast-paced world."
- Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Retired Four-Star General, Former Commander of JSOC and ISAF
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"A primer for workplace survival..."
“Tracey is a natural storyteller who is gifted with the ability to show us alternative ways of coping, communicating, and caring while committing to a better workplace environment. She shares critical knowledge about the neuroscience of threat, the psychology of performance, and the growing research on resilience in simple and digestible ways. Her guidance easily leads to personal action. I highly recommend this as a primer for workplace survival and a guide to cultivating your best self.”
- Alan Briskin, PhD, Author, The Stirring of Soul in the Workplace, Co-Author Daily Miracles, Bringing Your Soul to Work, and The Power of Collective Wisdom
Part IV demonstrates that building resilience is no different than building a muscle; it takes practice, persistence, and grit, despite inevitable setbacks. Nurturing our physical recovery is crucial to renewing our resources and buffering against stress. Resilience is not something that happens overnight. The key is to practice self-compassion when we hit an obstacle, taking the time to pick ourselves up and continue the journey.
Part I introduces the concept of communicating for engagement. Leaders have the power to inspire others through communication that creates clarity and generates energy. The resistance to doing so often stems from fear of failure, rejection, and humiliation. We want to feel powerful, rather than vulnerable. But humility and emotional courage is critical to being an effective communicator and a powerful leader.
BUILD RESILIENCE TO THRIVE IN WORK IN LIFE
Stress is increasingly becoming an issue for leaders in the workplace. Highly competitive marketplaces, longer working hours, and higher performance expectations are all contributing to a more stressful work environment. And the news at home isn’t much better. Digitization and “always on” technology have blurred the boundaries between work and personal life, removing the natural buffer between them and costing us our health.
At a time when there is significant anxiety both at home and in the workplace, it is critical for us to understand how our bodies react to stress, why stress is a necessary element of our lives, and how we can better cope with it to become better leaders.
In Taming the Sabertooth: Resilient Leadership in a Stressful World, we are reminded that while we cannot necessarily change our environment, we do have the power to shift our response to that environment by building resilience. Through insights that are intensely practical and unapologetically straightforward, you'll discover that hiding behind a rock is not an option; to thrive in work and life, we all have to tame the sabertooth.
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