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How to Avoid Executive Stress

by Thomas J. DeLong


When teaching various groups of executives, the author relates the story of a man addicted to prescription drugs and his brother who is addicted to achievement. Each group relates to these two professionally successful men and sees that they live largely on the edge of their own insatiable need to keep achieving at all costs. They realize their need to cross achievement markers off their lists. And they also realize that their lists of things to do keep getting longer and longer the more they achieve. They simply add to their list as they cross items off the top. This issue can be identified and dealt with in the same way as any form of addiction.

Keywords: Behavior; Personal Development and Career; Personal Characteristics; Emotions;


DeLong, Thomas J. "How to Avoid Executive Stress." Market Leader (Second Quarter 2012), 50–52.