The Microstress Effect: How Little Things Pile Up and Create Big Problems--And What to Do about It

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Harvard Business Review Press
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6.1 X 9.2 X 0.9 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Rob Cross is the Edward A. Madden Professor of Global Leadership at Babson College, cofounder and director of the Connected Commons, and the author of Beyond Collaboration Overload.Karen Dillon is a contributing editor at Harvard Business Review, editorial director at BanyanGlobal Family Business Advisors, and the coauthor of three books with Clayton Christensen, including the New York Times bestseller, How Will You Measure Your Life?Connect with Rob Cross and Karen Dillon on Twitter at @KarDillon and @RobCrossNetwork and on,, and


"... Cross and Dillon bring a fresh perspective to navigating the small pressures of the day..." "This book empowers you to take back control of your life by eliminating microstresses and replacing them with micromoments of meaningful connections with others that will give you a rich, multidimensional life." -- TD magazine (Association for Talent Development)

"In the authors' words, 'to enjoy overall well-being, you must develop strategies not only to combat stress but also to help you live the life you want to live through resilience, physical health, and purpose.' This reminder, for me, was the most powerful message I got from this very useful book." -- Psychology Today

Advance Praise for The Microstress Effect:

"The Microstress Effect is a revelation. Cross and Dillon offer practical and sensible strategies for regaining control of your time and your well-being, drawn from years of academic research. If small hassles and burdens are infecting your life, this remarkable book is the antidote." -- Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author, The Power of Regret, Drive, and When

"Cross and Dillon provide fresh insight into one of the most important topics of our time--why so many high performers are at risk of burnout in both their careers and their lives. Based on solid academic research, The Microstress Effect offers not only hope but also practical guidance for fending off microstress and living a rich, fulfilling life." -- Susan David, #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Emotional Agility

"This book should be required reading for corporate leaders and individuals alike! I will be giving it to the people I care most about." -- Jacqueline Williams-Roll, Chief Human Resources Officer, General Mills

"I read this brilliant book and said 'Yup, yup, yup' over and over again. Cross and Dillon put the experiences of high performers into words. Microstresses exist and cause inordinate social, emotional, and physical risk. Following their astute insights, readers will recognize their own stresses and how to overcome them. Nothing could be more meaningful in this emotionally demanding time." -- Dave Ulrich, Rensis Likert Collegiate Professor of Business Administration, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; Partner, The RBL Group

"Timely, credible, and timeless, with more practical tips for lowering my stress levels than anything I've read in years, The Microstress Effect is a game changer. I read it in one sitting and need the people around me to read it--now!" -- Tom Rath, bestselling author, StrengthsFinder 2.0 and Life's Great Question