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Carole A. Spiers
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20 Oct 2011
In her easy-to-follow, insider's guide, Carole Spiers shows readers how to equip themselves with all the skills, tools and techniques needed to help reduce stress. The format of the book is one that delivers practical answers to the many questions we all have about how to manage stress to achieve a healthy work-life balance. Readers will find simple techniques to release tension * easy ways to build resilience to pressure * practical methods to toughen up mind and body * proven steps to help sleep soundly * healthy eating tips to maintain energy levels * effective time management techniques * key strategies to achieve a healthy work-life balance * interventions to increase personal performance. This book is for everyone - from an individual who needs to effectively manage their own stress, to a manager, supervisor or team leader who has to deal quickly with any stress-related problems in the workplace. The tools presented are based on Carole's experience over twenty five years in managing workplace stress as she shares with you the secrets of how to overcome its damaging effects, whether at home or at work.

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  • Paperback: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Equilibrium Publications (London) (20 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955038030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955038037
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a leading authority on corporate stress, Carole's mission is to empower organisations to achieve sustainable success through a healthy workplace culture where her stress management expertise is in demand around the world.

Author of a new book 'Show Stress Who's Boss', Carole is the founder of the Carole Spiers Group, an international Stress Management and Employee Wellbeing consultancy working with equal success in the contrasting cultures of UK and the Middle East that for over 20 years, has numbered among its clients leading corporations including, Accenture, Al Habib [Oman] AXA, CNA [Qatar], Etisalat [Dubai], Dubai Cables, IBM, Kanoo Group [ME], MBC [ME] and Walt Disney.

Carole has also established herself as a provocative, weekly columnist for Gulf News writing on topical work stress issues and Immediate Past President of the London Chapter of the Professional Speaking Association. In the UK, Carole launched National Stress Awareness day on behalf of the International Stress Management AssociationUK, of which she is a former Chair.

She is also called upon by the BBC and other national and international press and media to provide professional comment on work stress and related topics and is also author of 'Tolley's Managing Stress in the Workplace' published by LexisNexis.

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"This book will certainly be required reading for senior teams as the tools and strategies she describes are vital for effective team management and the building of a sustainable business." Andrew Shaw, CEO, Dubai Cables. "Carole's essential guide to managing stress is brimming with anecdotes, stories and practical solutions which make is easily accessible, effortlessly readable and eminently enjoyable. I cannot suggest a better guide than Carole Spiers to help you navigate your way through stress." Damian Hughes, author of 'Liquid Thinking Survival Guide to Change'

About the Author

Carole Spiers' credibility is rooted in twenty years' success as CEO of a leading Stress Management Consultancy, working with equal success both in the UK and the Gulf. A recognised authority on corporate stress, Carole is a BBC Guest-Broadcaster and author of Tolley's 'Managing Stress in the Workplace'. She is an international Motivational Speaker, a weekly columnist for Gulf News and is regularly called upon by the national and international press and media for comment.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Stress Management Book 22 Oct 2011
By andy
At last there is a positive, clear and concise book focusing on managing personal stress and recognising the signs and symptoms of stress in others. Author and Stress Management expert Carole Spiers has condensed her knowledge and experience of managing workplace stress into this very readable book. Packed full of tips, this no nonsense book is a must for everyone who is feeling that stress is begining to impact on their work and relationships and for those managing staff who are finding they cannot cope with pressure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the cover 14 Nov 2011
Feeling trapped by stress? Here is an excellent guide to the ways out. One of its first points is that stress is different for everyone. So it doesn't give you the cop-out that no-one understands your situation. The different types and causes of stress are painstakingly set out, so you'll recognise yourself in many places, usually as the person under stress, sometimes as the one whose behaviour has caused stress to others!

This lovely book is peppered with lists, self-administered tests, and delightful anecdotes. My own favourite is preparation for a one one-to-one interview where someone may be stressed: a list of what to say - and what not to say!

There are lots more practical hints - keeping a stress diary so you can understand what's causing stress; how to do work-life balance, relaxation, and exercise at work. Also, how to avoid the worst in diet - balanced meals are essential, with lots of 'whats', 'whys' and 'hows', but no recipes! Caffeine and alcohol can help, but only in small quantities; sugar on the other hand will give you a short-term `high' but no other advantages.

This is a book that will set you thinking - really thinking. Yet it's an easy cover-to-cover read. That's partly down to the persuasive content, but also the well-chosen font and relaxed layout - plus the cuddly lion who stars in the brilliant cartoons. If you feel just too stressed to make time for a book about stress, you can dip at random into the middle, use the contents page to get to the topics that are really stressing you, or cheat and jump to the end - where you'll find author Carole Spiers waiting with '10 Quick Stress Management Fixes'. Once you've read this book, you'll want to read it again, and put its wisdom into practice. It'll help you do what it says on the cover: 'Show stress who's boss!'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helps Sort The Stress! 8 Nov 2011
By Andrew
This is a fantastic book, packed full of excellent practical tips and suggestions that can easily be applied and incorporated for everyday use. All the advice can be taken on board in an easily digestible form, and the topics covered give you the chance to create and use your own 'self-help checklists'. This is also a book you can delve into at any time for guidance and for a 'refresher'. I would highly recommend this book to anyone in order for them to help manage their own, and indeed their team's, stress. Although certainly not restricted to, this will be an invaluable tool and asset for anyone in business. So useful, I will be re-reading again. Thank you, Carole!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Show Stress Who's Boss! 8 Nov 2011
This is a perfect book and very much needed - a light hearted MUST read for a variety of people. We can all relate to these daily occurrences - managers, mothers, wives, husbands, you name it! The fact that such a difficult topic is presented in such an easy to read manner is superb. I particularly enjoyed the examples, the cartoons, the little scenarios, the quotes, the layout .... everything I guess!

The book can be read in between school runs, on particularly stressful occasions, or on a daily basis to prevent your stress levels from rising. AND MOST DEFINITELY BEFORE XMAS PREPARATIONS ARE SET UNDER WAY.

As my husband said to me late one evening "you may read the book in bed but try not to laugh so loudly" ... it's light hearted but portrays the facts and methods of how to deal with day to day stressful issues in a much needed copable manner.

Thank you, Carole.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 30 Oct 2011
Carole Spiers, `Show Stress Who's the Boss! - The Essential Guide to Managing Stress'

This is an eminently practical book, refreshingly free of psychobabble and full of tried and tested techniques to manage stress both in yourself and in those around you.

`Show Stress Who's the Boss!' is at once, easy to read and intellectually satisfying. The presentation is such that it can be "dipped into" in 10 minute intervals on short train journeys or else read from cover to cover without exhausting the reader.

Each sub-section has key learning points identified and is illustrated with great cartoons, apposite quotations, and practical examples, which bring the text to life.

This book will be invaluable for readers looking to better understand the nature of stress, its causes, physical, emotional and behavioural effects, and, crucially, how to bring it under control. For individual readers, it is an excellent self-help book. For managers and supervisors, it points the way to creating a working environment and culture in which people can thrive and excel.

The final section of the book contains a wealth of proven tools and resources for combating stress and flourishing, even in the face of life's difficulties.

At a time when stress is the leading cause of long term sickness absence from the workplace (CIPD, 2011)*, this is an important and timely publication, which I thoroughly recommend.

*Based on findings from an online survey, completed by 592 UK employers in June 2011.

John Perry, MA, MA, MSc, FHEA, Principal Teaching Fellow in Healthcare Communication, The Faculty of Medicine, The University of Southampton, October, 2011.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stress? ... What stress?
If you're anything like me then you don't think that you need a book like this. You might glance the cover or the bold title of a book such as this and smirk. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book by a global expert
Carole Spiers is one of the world's leading authorities on stress management, and her easy style and great advice are invaluable. Read more
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