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Authentic Excellence

Flourishing & Resilience in a Relentless World, 1st Edition

By R. Kelly Crace, Robert L. Crace


164 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-08-09
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Never before have the pressures of a comparative and competitive world impacted on our sense of wellbeing, particularly among young adults. Building on the principles of Giving Voice to Values, which honors the complexity and difficulty of leading with our values, this book addresses the unique challenges faced by young adults. It provides a clear process that details how to harness natural wisdom to flourish through the relentless pace and pressure of today’s world. Moving beyond mere values clarification, Authentic Excellence helps the reader to develop a deeper relationship with their values and confidently express them, and builds effective coping skills to manage the relentless noise of our comparative and competitive world.

Authentic Excellence answers five primary questions:

  • How are young adults affected by this world of relentless change and pressure?
  • Why are young adults vulnerable to a plateau that can negatively affect their resilience?
  • What is the difference between fear-based excellence and authentic excellence and what role do values play in this distinction?
  • What is necessary to move beyond fear-based excellence and why is it so hard?
  • How do you train a deeper level of effectiveness that includes more consistent productivity, fulfillment and resilience?

Table of Contents

Part I: Understanding Authentic Excellence 1. Introduction: Resilience in a Relentless World2. Values: The Ironic Precursor to the Plateau Effect3. Stuck at Good: The Plateau Effect4. Fear-Based Excellence: The Portal to Secondary Vulnerabilities5. Moving Beyond Your Neurology to Authentic Excellence Part II: Training for Authentic Excellence 6. Paradigm Shift One: From Values Clarification to Values Relationship 7. Paradigm Shift Two: From Defining Worth by Equity to Defining Worth by Integrity Alignment8. Paradigm Shift Three:From Reducing Fear through Control and Avoidance to Holding Fear Well9. Paradigm Shift Four:From Avoidance of Hurt to Confidence in Managing Hurt10. Paradigm Shift Five:From a Chronically Evaluative Mindset to an Expressive Mindset11. Putting it All Together: Dynamic Blueprinting12. Redefining Trust and Compassion: The Core of Flourishing and Resilience Part III: Special Topics 13. Values Profile of Today’s Young Adults14. Sensitivity and Values15. Creativity, Giftedness and Values16. Transition and Values17. Leadership and Values18. Decision Making and Values19. Team Development and Values20. References and Suggested Readings

About the Authors

R. Kelly Crace is the Associate Vice President for Health and Wellness at William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, and Director of the Center for Mindfulness and Authentic Excellence (CMAX). He is a licensed psychologist and co-author of the Life Values Inventory.

Robert L. Crace is the Executive Director of the non-profit Life Values Inventory Online, Inc.

About the Series

Giving Voice to Values

The Giving Voice to Values series is a collection of books on Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility that brings a practical, solutions-oriented, skill-building approach to the salient questions of values-driven leadership. Giving Voice to Values (GVV: ) – the curriculum, the pedagogy and the research upon which it is based –was designed to transform the foundational assumptions upon which the teaching of business ethics is based, and importantly, to equip future business leaders to not only know what is right — but how to make it happen.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Human Resources & Personnel Management
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Workplace Culture
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Mentoring & Coaching
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health