The Evolution of A Dilemma

It begins when our overloaded working lives tilt us into the Danger Zone where counterproductive habits accelerate the dilemma’s undermining effect
  • Jesse Sostrin


THIS IS A BOOK THAT COULD HAVE BEEN written 35 years ago with nearly the same urgency and poignancy. While the reference points may be different and the jargon dated, the tinderbox has been building for several generations. The modern-day origin story of the dilemma goes back as early as 1981 when the Harvard Business Review began publishing articles that dealt with the growing concerns of managers who were overwhelmed by the struggle to cope with increasing demands and rapidly changing conditions.1 And although this building pressure finally exploded at the inflection point of the Great Recession, the manager’s dilemma was already embedded in our way of working.


Power Factor Emotional Intelligence Great Recession Harvard Business Review Performance Zone 
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  1. 3.
    Howard McClusky, “Education for Aging: The Scope of the Field and Perspectives for the Future,” in Learning for Aging, eds. S. Grabowski and W. D. Mason (Washington, DC: Adult Education Association of the USA, 1974), 324–355.Google Scholar
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    Peter Vaill, Learning as a Way of Being (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 1996), 15.Google Scholar
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    Don Marrs has told his complete story in his fantastic book Executive in Passage: When Life Lets You Know It’s Time to Change, Let That Knowing Lead You (Santa Monica, CA: Barrington Sky Publishing, 1990).Google Scholar

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