- Hardcover: 326 pages
- Publisher: St Martins Pr (5 March 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250127572
- ISBN-13: 978-1250127570
- Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.7 x 24.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 522 g
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The Power of Agency: The 7 Principles to Conquer Obstacles, Make Effective Decisions, and Create a Life on Your Own Terms Hardcover – 5 Mar 2019
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"If you're looking for a read that spotlights exactly how to take control of your life, this book provides a tidy amalgamation of theory and practice that'll get you up and running with the tools you need." --New York Journal of Books
"Drawing on decades of their professional experience and cutting-edge research, Drs. Napper and Rao offer keen insights into making decisions that enhance one's life. Whether in parenting, business, physical or mental health, they reveal how agency is key to successful outcomes. This is a book replete with the kind of wisdom that we seek for ourselves and for those we love." --Jerome Groopman, M.D., Recanati Professor at Harvard University and best selling author of How Doctors Think
"No matter what happens to you in life, you dictate how you respond - that is agency. This book offers the groundwork for making choices that allow you to spend more time on the things you care about and less time on those you'd rather skip. Your relationships will have more warmth, your productivity will increase, and your life will feel more meaningful." --Kim Scott, New York Times bestselling author of Radical Candor
"Some books convey deep insights that make you gasp with recognition. Some offer useful practices and tools you can immediately apply. Napper and Rao have written that rare book that does both. The Power of Agency is as practical as it is wise. If you are struggling to manage your work and life in this age of endless distraction, read this book immediately." --Amy C. Edmondson, Ph.D., Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School and author of The Fearless Organization
"The deceptive simplicity of The Power of Agency is rooted in the authors' close acquaintance with the complexity of modern life; their genius lies in their ability to show us precisely how to run our own lives rather than to allow our lives to run us." --Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of Driven to Distraction
About the Author
PAUL NAPPER leads a management psychology and executive coaching consultancy in Boston. His client list includes Fortune 500 companies, universities, and start-ups. He held an academic appointment and advanced fellowship position at Harvard Medical School.
ANTHONY RAO is a cognitive-behavioral psychologist. He maintains a clinical practice, consults, and speaks nationally, appearing regularly as an expert commentator. For over 20 years he was a psychologist at Boston Childrens Hospital and an instructor at Harvard Medical School.
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Today’s mantra is “I’m overloaded and anxious.”
In their new book, “The Power of Agency”, Drs.
Napper and Rao unpack those two conditions
with which I am uncomfortably familiar…..even though
I’m retired, a widow, and have no children living
at home. This is a very embarrassing admission.
The word “Agency” jumped out at me and I thought okay
just another buzz word and yet another self-help book.
However their instructions in the Preface intrigued me:
1. You are under no obligation to read this book.
2. Should you decide to read on, you are under no
obligation to finish.
3. Should you finish, you are under no obligation to
adopt all seven principles we recommend.
So of course I took that as a challenge, read every page and
suggest you do too. The essential message is “You are in control”.
Something we’ve all heard before but the authors make their
case in a very accessible way.
“The 7 Principles to Conquer Obstacles, Make Effective Decisions
and Create a Life on Your Own Terms” is based upon their clinical experience
and psychological research. The book is a fresh guide for anyone who wants
to get off the dreaded “treadmill”.
The first chapter is entitled Control Stimuli – that is essential for reducing my sense of overwhelm. The second chapter is The Company you Keep – led me to make sure to be in touch with some key people who have been sliding out of my life. The third chapter Respect Your Body is not an exhortation for more exercise but an invitation to understand our body-mind relationship better. Napper and Rao referred me to an excellent resource, Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime. Just one example of the outstanding resources that I have been learning about as I read this book.
Reflect, Decide, Act With Agency is the final chapter which brings their work together in a powerful way. I’m pretty familiar with decision making models and this was very accessible. I am facing some difficult decisions right now and I have learned a lot from the one that the authors suggest. I'm thrilled! I needed help and I got it from these friendly, supportive, savvy psychologists. This is a dynamic handbook for living well in our overwhelming age and I recommend it highly