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Risk/Reward: Why Intelligent Leaps and Daring Choices Are the Best Career Moves You Can Make Hardcover – June 9, 2015
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Praise for Anne Kreamer’s It’s Always Personal: Navigating Emotion in the New Workplace
“A stimulating read bolstered by . . . some of the best recent work on emotional intelligence and the science of happiness.”—The Wall Street Journal
“So what should be the rules and boundaries for showing how you feel while you work? That’s a question asked and answered in Anne Kreamer’s fascinating . . . look at an issue that rarely gets discussed.”—The Washington Post
“Finally, someone is willing to unpack the morass of anger, anxiety, sadness, and joy that drives the workday. . . . [Kreamer] has hit the ‘It’s about time!’ button.”—Elle
“[A] lively, well-researched exploration of emotions on the job.”—Oprah.com
“Explores how to be true to your ‘emotional flashpoints—anger, fear, anxiety, empathy, happiness and crying’—without sabotaging your career.”—The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Anne Kreamer is the author of It’s Always Personal: Navigating Emotion in the New Workplace and Going Gray: What I Learned About Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity, and Everything Else That Really Matters. She has worked as a columnist for Fast Company and Martha Stewart Living, and currently writes for Harvard Business Review, Next Avenue, and Quartz. Her work has appeared in Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Real Simple, and Travel & Leisure. She is the former executive vice president and worldwide creative director for Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite. She graduated from Harvard College and lives in Brooklyn with her husband, the writer Kurt Andersen.
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RISK/REWARD looks at the unstable state of employment which we need to handle in this new century and puts it in perspective for us. “Aside from federal judges and tenured professors…,” Kreamer writes, “there really is no secure position in twenty-first century working America.” Kreamer tells you why, what that means and what you can do about it in this thoughtful, intelligent little tome with solid facts and ideas.
I love Kreamer’s intimate biographical descriptions of some accomplished persons’ biggest professional risk-taking. You get to find out about the screw-ups that some high-profile but interesting people go through as they take the biggest risks of their careers and how they manage to straighten things out, or not. Subsequently, the reader can apply what is learned from these experiences to his own journey, or prospective one and while considering these anecdotes, learn a great deal about himself, herself and others; it’s fun. My favorite Biggest Risk story in the book is that taken by Rosanne Cash, who showed by her actions what a true artist she is. (Go, Girl.)
Risk/Reward is well-written. (Favorite sentence: “The art of risk-taking is an odyssey of self-discovery.”) It’s also full of surprises, from thought-provoking quotes and anecdotes to a look at the value of doing nothing to research that froths with fascinating information. Did you know that “emotion is as essential as pure rationality in making sensible decisions.”? This comes from one of the many erudite studies that Kreamer translates for us into quickly understandable language, thank you. As with her last book, IT’S ALWAYS PERSONAL, NAVIGATING EMOTION IN THE NEW WORKPLACE, Kreamer in RISK/REWARD gives so much that readers can only gain from a second reading, which is where I am headed.
I think this book is a great resource for anyone at any stage in their careers. I have three 20 something sons, and I've ordered a copy of the book to send to each of them as a valuable tool for them as they consider next steps in their lives. I know it will be a big help to them.
Kreamer has written an easy-to-read book chock full of valuable information that can actually be used by real people.
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Risk/Reward, a book that urges readers to take risks is inviting, inspirational and is written in a comfortable, conversational style.Read more