CRAZY-STRESSED Now Available on NetGalley

PrintThe teen years have been rife with struggles since time immemorial–but for adults who didn’t grow up with cyberbullying, today’s academic demands, and all of the crazy contemporary issues that fall on the shoulders of those who are just learning how to handle life, today’s teens’ stresses are almost unimaginable. How can parents truly help? CRAZY-STRESSED: Saving Today’s Overwhelmed Teens with Love, Laughter, and the Science of Resilience (AMACOM April 2017) offers parents a wealth of the resiliency-boosting strategies teens need. The book combines adolescent neurology with a practical action plan for parents to improve communication, cope with conflict, and strength all of the key components of resilience. Journalists, booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, and media professionals interested in parenting are invited to request Crazy-Stressed for review.

A little resilience goes a long way….

Peel back the cheerful façade that parents present, and you’ll find that many are worried about their teens.

Mood swings, impulsiveness, poor judgment, and other problems peak in these years. Add stressors such as screen addiction, cyberbullying, increasing academic demands, and time-consuming athletic commitments . . . and it’s no surprise that today’s teenagers rank as the most anxious in 50 years.

Parents long to help, but how? Based on a career counseling kids and their parents, psychologist Michael Bradley locates the most powerful protective trait: resilience. Teens with this crucial quality know how to handle difficulty, overcome obstacles, and bounce back from setbacks.

Packed with insights from neuroscience and psychology, real-life case studies, and a dose of humor, Crazy-Stressed sheds light on the teen brain and offers a wealth of resiliency-boosting strategies. In it, Dr. Bradley reveals:

What kids these days are really going through • Ways to strengthen the seven skills every teen needs to survive and thrive • What-to-do-when suggestions for common behavior, school, and social issues • Tactics for coping with conflict, teaching consequences, improving communication, staying connected, and more

It’s not easy being a teen—and it’s certainly not easy parenting one. Always frank and often funny, Crazy-Stressed will become your go-to guide . . . and your kids may even thank you for it.

MICHAEL J. BRADLEY, Ph.D., is a psychologist, a leading expert on adolescent behavior, and is certified by the American College of Professional Psychology in the treatment of substance abuse disorders. The author of the bestselling Yes, Your Teen Is Crazy, he has been featured in the national media, including CNN, Fox News, NPR, Today, Good Morning America, The New York Times, USA Today, and Rolling Stone.

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Webcast Next Week: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change with Frank Sesno

Photo of Frank Sesno, author of Ask MoreNext week, the American Management Association New Media team will host a webcast with Frank Sesno, author of Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change. Peterson will discuss how vital trust is in the creation of successful businesses, and how leaders can build trust in their own organizations.



Wednesday, January 18, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Eastern
Fee: Complimentary
Meeting Number: 17930-00001
Register Here for The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change with Frank Sesno

What to ask and when — to reach the outcome you seek. This webcast reveals a new way to think about how you can use questions to be more productive, creative and effective at most everything you do. Author Frank Sesno draws on his decades of experience as an interviewer on CNN, NPR and in front of live audiences to explain how different types of questions work, lead to distinct outcomes and employ different listening skills.

Drawing on stories from his career and from the extraordinary people he interviewed for his new book, he offers questioning tactics you can put to use to more effectively solve problems, set strategy, inspire creativity, spark innovation, prompt curiosity and connect with people at the office or in your living room.

This webcast will change the way you think about the questions you ask, and offer practical ideas for better listening. It will help you realize there’s a world of discovery and success – if you know how to ask for it.

While attending this program is FREE, reservations are required.

Register for Frank Sesno’s AMA Webcast.

Jacket cover of Ask More by Frank Sesno

Frank Sesno is a former CNN anchor, White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief. He is currently the Director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. He has interviewed dozens of world leaders, including five U.S. presidents, and is the creator of Planet Forward, an innovative forum seeking solutions to some of the world’s toughest challenges. He is author of the forthcoming book Ask More.


Podcast: Paul J. Zak on the Science of Trust

Jacket cover of Trust Factor by Paul J. Zak Paul J. Zak recently sat down with the AMA Edgewise team to discuss his book, TRUST FACTOR: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies. Zak knows the science behind the importance of trust in business–and, most importantly for you, how any business can harness it to create a better company culture and lasting results.

High trust organizations are happier; happier profits and happier employees. Paul Zak was part of the team of scientists who first made the connection between oxytocin and trust and is the author of The Trust Factor, published by AMACOM. He joins us to talk about the business case for building trust and how it’s worked for many companies.

Listen to Paul J. Zak on the AMA Edgewise Podcast.

Paul Zak, author of Trust Factor

Paul J. Zak, Ph.D. is the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics, Psychology, and Management at Claremont Graduate University. He was part of the team of scientists that first made the connection between oxytocin and trust—and his TED talk on the topic has received over a million views. He has appeared on CNN, Fox Business, Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, and is the author of The Moral Molecule.

Listen to more interviews with AMACOM authors on the AMA Edgewise Podcast.



Random Quotes from New Books this January

Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change by Frank Sesno


“Barry trains FBI and Secret Service agents and U.S. Marshals in questioning potential serial killers, terrorists, or would-be presidential assassins before they act. … Barry teaches ‘rights respecting’ questioning, which most experts say is the most effective way to get a hostile person to open up. His objective is to lower a person’s defenses and move his or her brain out of red alert territory. His questions are framed to generate conversation, however halting, as a means of establishing trust and building a dynamic that will coax information from the most reticent personalities(pages 66 and 68).

Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies by Paul J. Zak

Jacket cover of Trust Factor

“The chronic stress that comes from the uncertainty about what will happen in an organization affects parts of the brain that undermine motivation and cognition. Uncertainty causes us to be hyperaware of possible threats: We need to pay attention to everything because danger could arise anywhere. This steals neural bandwidth from the rest of the brain, reducing concentration and productivity. We also lose the ability to properly evaluate future events and to integrate multiple streams of information. Uncertainty puts the brain and body on high alert, wanting to escape from lions and their corporate cousins, pink slips. In a true neurologic sense, you can’t think when you face high uncertainty. And you certainly cannot be an effective team member” (page 110).

Power of Presence, Paperback Edition: Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage Others by Kristi Hedges

Jacket cover of Power of Presence, paperback

“You may be saying, ‘Hold on. Isn’t this book supposed to be about authenticity? Why does it matter so much what other people think?’ Here’s the deal with presence: It’s part communicating in alignment with your intention and part being received with clarity. You can’t figure out how you are doing on the latter without some sort of feedback, formal or otherwise. Finding out the effect you have on others gives you a helpful framework for focusing on your own presence” (page 58).

Agile PR: Expert Messaging in a Hyper-Connected, Always-On World by Marian Salzman and the Team at Havas PR

Jacket cover of Agile PR

“Consider the fallout The New York Times’ extensive, highly critical investigation of the workplace culture of Amazon…The article describes an instruction to employees to ‘climb the wall’ if they hit the wall from the relentless pace and late nights; encouragement for employees to ‘tear apart’ their colleagues’ ideas in meetings and backstab them in private messages to their bosses; and a ‘purposeful Darwinism’ model in HR. And that’s just in the first four paragraphs.
It’s a cautionary tale. People live and validate a corporate culture, so if a company is selling its culture–and the reality is that in this radically transparent, socially minded age, every company is selling its culture, whether it’s pitching business pubs on how great that culture is or not–it must be aware that it can’t simply spin the story” (page 43).


Want to sample other AMACOM books? Check out our Random Quotes from New Books series.



Diane Mulcahy on Creating Your Own Income Security


Layoffs, downsizings, and workforce restructurings have become business as usual. Every worker is vulnerable. “Since jobs no longer offer security, we have to create it for ourselves,” declares Diane Mulcahy, an expert on short-term, variable work. In her new book, THE GIG ECONOMY: The Complete Guide to Getting Better Work, Taking More Time Off, and Financing the Life You Want (AMACOM November 2016), Mulcahy shares five ways to begin creating income security, regardless of your current employment status:

  • Build Skills. “More than degrees and titles, the new labor market is a market for the specific, demonstrable skills we can bring to potential employers and clients,” Mulcahy notes. She advocates a proactive approach to expanding your skill set. Among the many options: taking courses through platforms like EdX, building experience and a reputation by using platforms like Upwork, starting your own blog or podcast, and obtaining certifications in skills from coding to actuary.
  • Build a Pipeline of Opportunities. Building a pipeline covers more than just a job search. It means that you’re continually seeking out and marketing yourself for new jobs, projects, and gigs. It means that you’re part of what Mulcahy calls the “hustling class,” always looking for work, evaluating and updating our skills and value, and staying aware of potential future opportunities.
  • Build Multiple Sources of Income. Having multiple sources of income, whether from working a side gig or leveraging an asset, increases your sense of financial security and insulates you against the shock of a crisis, such as getting laid off. It can also be a low-risk way to launch a business idea. Instead of quitting your job to hang out a shingle that could shatter, you can start slowly by testing the market, iterating the services you offer, and building revenue and customers on the side. 
  • Keep Fixed Costs Low. It’s difficult, risky, and stressful to commit to high monthly debt payments or fixed overhead costs if you don’t know and can’t rely on the amount of income you’ll generate every month or year. That’s the reality for not only independent workers at all income levels but, since all jobs are insecure, virtually everyone. Income security comes from keeping your fixed costs manageable so the income needed to cover them is reasonably easy to earn.
  • Enter with an Exit Strategy. In today’s economy, workers need to know how to leave jobs well. Starting a job with an exit strategy forces you to consider and plan for what’s next, and ensures that you won’t be blindsided by a sudden layoff. “Layoffs are a much more attractive exit than quitting,” Mulcahy observes, “because getting laid off is the only time we get paid to leave a job.” 

Cover of The Gig Economy by Diane Mulcahy

Adapted from THE GIG ECONOMY: The Complete Guide to Getting Better Work, Taking More Time Off, and Financing the Life You Want by Diane Mulcahy (AMACOM November 2016).

DIANE MULCAHY is a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation and an Adjunct Lecturer at Babson College, where she teaches “Entrepreneurship and the Gig Economy,” a popular MBA course that named one of the top ten most innovative business school classes in the country. Her work in venture capital and entrepreneurship has been featured on NPR and in the Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, Fortune, Forbes, The New Yorker, The Economist, and other national media.