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Stress is good; more stress is better: Three ways to turn anxiety into motivation

Strategic Direction

ISSN: 0258-0543

Article publication date: 12 January 2015




This paper aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting-edge research and case studies.


This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context.


One of the curious phenomena of publishing since the turn of the millennium has been the success of books in the business market that started out as being as far away from that sphere as it is possible to be. Moneyball by Michael Lewis was a huge hit, supporting as it did the use of data analysis rather than gut feel, despite the fact it centered on a plucky baseball team that ultimately never won anything. Similarly, other books that have looked at political empires, creativity, historical events and even episodes in fiction have garnered praise and sales in equal measure for the insights they purport to bring business leaders.

Practical implications

The paper provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world’s leading organizations.


The briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy-to-digest format.



(2015), "Stress is good; more stress is better: Three ways to turn anxiety into motivation", Strategic Direction, Vol. 31 No. 2, pp. 4-6.



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