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The Microstress Effect: How Little Things Pile Up and Create Big Problems--and What to Do about It
Rob Cross and Karen Dillon
Harvard Business Review Press / Hardcover / Apr 2023
9781647823979 (ISBN-10: 1647823978)
Work-related / Stress & Relaxation
price: $38.99 (may be subject to change)
256 pages
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How a million little things are dragging you down, and what to do about it.

There is a force in our everyday lives that we aren't even aware of—and it's so powerful it threatens to derail otherwise promising careers and lives: microstress.

It's the hidden epidemic of small moments of anxiety that infiltrate both our work and personal lives. Because each individual microstress is so small, it doesn't trigger the normal stress response in our brains to help us deal with it. Instead, the microstress just embeds in our minds, accumulating along with scores of other microstresses, day-to-day and week-to-week. The long-term effect is devastating: microstress invisibly weighs us down, damages our physical and emotional health, and contributes to a decline in our overall well-being. What's more, microstress is baked into our lives. The source of microstress is seldom a classic antagonist, such as a demanding client or jerk boss. Instead, it comes from the people—in and out of work—with whom we are closest: our friends, family, and colleagues.

The good news is that once you learn about microstress, you can fight back. Drawing on fresh research, Rob Cross and Karen Dillon will teach you how to recognize and manage the most common forms of microstress, and even remove some from your life. Compelling interviews with high achievers who've endured their share of microstress bring to life best practices that show you how to build resilience against microstress, and ultimately how to find purpose in your everyday life, using it as an antidote to your own microstress.

It's time to break free from the microstress that's stealing your life. Start here.

About the Authors:

Rob Cross is the Edward A. Madden Professor of Global Leadership at Babson College and the cofounder and director of the Connected Commons, a consortium of more than 150 leading organizations. He has studied the underlying networks of relationships within effective organizations and the collaborative practices of high performers for more than twenty years. Working with over 300 organizations and reaching thousands of leaders from the front line to the C-suite, he has identified specific ways to cultivate vibrant, effective networks at all levels of an organization and any career stage. He is the author of Beyond Collaboration Overload: How to Work Smarter, Get Ahead, and Restore Your Well-Being.

Karen Dillon is an author and former editor at Harvard Business Review magazine and the coauthor of three books with Clayton Christensen: the New York Times bestseller How Will You Measure Your Life?, the Wall Street Journal business bestseller Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice and The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty.

Connect with Rob Cross and Karen Dillon on Twitter at @KarDillon and @RobCrossNetwork and on and .

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