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Aligning Work, Fitness and Emotional Wellbeing

Aligning personal goals with career goals has never been more difficult than it is today. 

As technology shrinks the world and businesses compete on a global level, executive workloads have increased dramatically. 

People feel they must stay connected 24/7, making it nearly impossible to get away from the office. 

Although working round-the-clock may seem like the road to career success, for most people, it's actually a recipe for career disaster and personal disappointment.

In their new book Executive Stamina (Wiley, May 2008), executive coach Marty Seldman and fitness expert Joshua Seldman tackle this problem head-on.

They promote the concept of a holistic approach to help executives maximize their career potential, maintain their physical health, and align their actions with their core values. 

Focusing on fitness, nutrition, time and stress management, and building positive relationships, they believe executive stamina is the key to increasing effectiveness at work, while enhancing personal happiness and fulfillment.

A clinical psychologist, Marty Seldman has coached executives at companies like Disney, PepsiCo, Frito-Lay, and General Electric for more than twenty years.  He has carefully tracked their progress and includes case studies from his work in the book. 

His son Joshua Seldman, a champion endurance athlete and trainer, has contributed a scientifically based nutrition and exercise program to the book to help executives stay physically fit and achieve peak performance in all areas of their lives.

The book is divided into five parts:

Work/Life Alignment - Using exercises and answering questions, readers identify what is truly important to them.  They then analyze their current schedules to determine whether the way they spend their time is aligned with their top priorities and values.  The authors also show readers how to identify their career "sweet spot," the work that satisfies them the most.

Health And Wellness - In this section, readers learn to establish fitness, nutrition, and stress management systems necessary to sustain energy, enthusiasm, and focus.  The authors include complete guidelines for integrating healthy practices into one's daily life at work, at home, and on the road. 

Job Performance And Business Results - This section focuses on staying in control while minimizing distractions and unnecessary stress.  Readers learn how to make the best use of their time, identifying high payoff activities that maximize success.

Career Management - Career progression is not just about doing the best job possible.  It's also about understanding how the system works.  What are the competencies needed for growth?  Who decides which executives will get promoted?  Why is networking and self-promotion important?  This section teaches key skills to maximize career progression, and includes an in-depth discussion of the most common mistakes that can derail careers.

Maintaining Positive Relationships - A successful business career can present challenges to personal relationships - and personal relationships can present challenges to a business career.  Yet having strong relationships with family and friends is a key to overall happiness.  This section includes practices to help executives maintain meaningful relationships, despite hectic workloads.

Combining the wisdom and methodology of the executive coaching with the cutting-edge training techniques of world-class athletes, Executive Stamina is designed to help executives at all levels and in all industries fulfill their potential at work and in life. 

Throughout the book, the authors emphasize "progressive change" and "improvement not perfection," making it easy for anyone to take the first steps towards life-enhancing change.

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