Take a look at 21 testimonies on the book …
… from leaders of today,
… from a wide variety of industries,
… all of whom have practical experience of dealing with stress and delivering performance.
“A fascinating read. Nigel addresses an increasingly important subject for today’s leaders, combining recognised theory with personal experience and his extensive leadership experience and journey. The 100 actions he outlines are truly practical and brought to life with real-life stories from past and present which are compelling in their own right.” Michael Morecroft, Commercial Operations Director, Janus Henderson, Investment Managers.
“Nigel Cushion is a business leader with immense wisdom and a huge heart. He shares the story of how he and his wife Nicki were challenged by serious stress in their lives, that would have floored many of us. They came out on top and the insights that they share include real gems that will benefit us all.” Pete Ashby, Leadership Programme Director, St George’s House, Windsor Castle.
“Nigel writes from the heart about his journey dealing with stress, from feeling overwhelmed, to understanding and making sense of it, through to successfully tackling it. This book, therefore, provides many anecdotes, and practical tips that are proven to make a positive difference to a person’s wellbeing. I believe this is a useful resource to help maintain balance through life’s challenges”. Tim Newenham, Olympic Coach.
“It is not often Alex Ferguson, Ernest Shackleton, King Arthur, Mahatma Gandi and Edith Cavell end up in the same place, but this book draws on their experiences and the lessons they learned to helpfully equip 21st Century man and woman to navigate the pressures of today.” Peter Hinton Associate Fellow, Saἳd Business School, University of Oxford.
”Nigel takes the key issue of the day and provides honest, authentic and helpful practical actions borne out of personal experience and calls on the heroes of history to guide and support modern leaders. An essential read for anyone under fire.” Stuart Rimmer, CEO, Coach, and Educationalist.
“This book is the next best thing to having your own role models, who can guide and support you through managing stress effectively. Powerful, perceptive and practical.” Sue Stockdale, Polar Explorer, Speaker and Leadership Coach.
“Having had a large amount of experience in dealing with stressful situations throughout his life, Nigel is able to share these experiences combined with current research and wider literature, to provide a huge range of pro-active strategies within a well-researched and easily understandable framework; allowing the reader the opportunity to ACTION the best fits for them. Personally, Nigel has always been a great source of strength for myself and my family. I hope that by Nigel sharing what he has learnt through this book, that others will be as lucky as I to gain strength from his support to help fight against one of the biggest medical epidemics we have faced in recent times”. Joe Cowan, Director of Sport, Norwich School.
“Informative, innovative and pragmatic. Every serious professional should have this book within easy reach on their bookshelf”. Lt Col Matt Woodeson, British Army.
“It is my great privilege to know Nigel as a teacher, mentor and friend. His warmth, enthusiasm and curiosity are infectious; he is a man who navigates life with a moral compass that never wavers from true north. It was with much excitement that I learned that he had decided to commit some of his thoughts and experiences to paper. This book does not disappoint; it is brimming over with everyday wisdom and practical suggestions for how we might all better navigate our lives when things seem bleak. If you ever get a chance to meet Nigel in person, or to hear him talk, grab the opportunity with both hands. Until then, the book you have in your hands, is a wonderful introduction to his message and vision”. Andy Fisher, Teacher, and Founder of The Hero Forge.
“A great read with fantastic insights beneficial to all, from leaders in industry to those at the start of their careers. Nigel Cushion draws on both personal experience and those of key figures to equip his readers with the ability to deal with the stress that comes with striving to lead and perform”. Nihar Navapurkar, Management Consultant, KPMG.
“Nigel Cushion has succeeded in writing a book about a serious issue in an amusing and entertaining way. It is practical, and holistic, for it draws not only on the author’s personal experience but on stories from just about every walk of life. If 100 actions seem like a lot, don’t worry – there is a clear structure and the book invites browsing. I wondered at every point what kind of example would be coming next. It has something for everyone.” Stephen Bungay, Author and Historian.
“Nigel deserves our gratitude for sharing his experiences so we all might benefit. This book, with its action oriented advice, comes at the perfect time to guide those who are searching for answers as to how we can thrive in this high-pressure world.” Tim Sweeting, Chief Executive. YMCA Norfolk.
“To operate at the top of their game, leaders need to focus on their wellbeing – especially their mental health. This book provides concrete, practical steps that we can all take as leaders to safeguard and enhance our mental wellbeing”. Dave King, Vice President, International Oil & Gas Company.
“Nigel in a nutshell … this book made me smile. It sums up the skills, knowledge, passion and characteristics of Nigel and his love of developing and supporting leaders. Nigel was the catalyst for the development of my personal leadership journey and belief in myself. His contagious positive mental attitude combined with his spritely personality lifted me and took me forward, and I am sure he will enhance the lives of many other leaders with this charming, user-friendly, can-do-it action book!” Lisa Vescio, Founder and Managing Director, Milestones Mental Health Hospital.
“A book with practical information and actions for today’s leaders to tackle an important and serious issue. The actions outlined are practical and often relate to Nigel’s personal experience, making it compelling and easy reading. A really helpful book which can be referred to again and again”. Daniel Fordham, Operation Director, NPS Property Consultants.
“This deeply personal insight into a great business mind, provides applied techniques to both counter the stressors of the modern world, and improve your performance as a leader. No matter what your background, this book will benefit you and those around you. Full of interesting stories and amusing anecdotes, it is also simply a bloody good read!” Major Rob Smit, Former Infantry Officer on Operations; Apache Attack Helicopter Pilot; British Army.
“A passionate and reasoned analysis of one of the most overlooked and underrated threats to quality of life in the modern age. Nigel manages to strike the fine balance between explanation and inspiration as he shines a light on key techniques that can help us all to combat excessive stress in our daily lives.” Mark Carter, a senior partner in an international consultancy.
“Mental Health conditions are thankfully now more widely acknowledged as common place, yet the effects and impact on people’s lives are very different. This book gives a range of tools that can be used to make life easier, whilst they won’t ALL work for everyone, if just a couple help then this book is a great resource”. Ben Handford, Managing Director, Naked Marketing.
“Truly a survival manual for all leaders and potential leaders! We all think our roles are challenging and we all take down those two All Blacks daily! Many of us will spot the third break off from the pack, see the danger but fail to call for reinforcements. This book helps you recognise those danger signs, encourages you to call for help and provides multiple strategies for when the attack becomes overwhelming. I have found this “manual” personally very enlightening, fostering a positivity to situations that seem insurmountable, supporting a self-care approach but sign-posting the place, time and need for expert help on occasions. Many of my patients will benefit as I have, from reading this.” Dr John Applegate, GP.
“This is a book of great value to you. Nigel leads you through thought and assessment and takes you to solutions and practical options. The 100 actions inspire. I have been lucky to work in the natural environment which gives you a multitude of de-stressing options but it takes a book like this to make sure you follow a pattern, learn and deliver a remedy for you. Nigel’s own experience here shared, given his respected leadership, is inspiration for us all to perform better and look after ourselves”. Richard Powell OBE, Director, History of Advertising Trust.
“Nigel’s journey is open and honest, showing that he really understands the challenges and stresses of leadership, in our professions and our private lives, and offers a wide range of solutions that only someone who has lived the experience could do. If you’re stressed when you start reading, by the end of the book you will realise you’re not unique, you’re not alone and you’re not trapped. This is the sustainable exit strategy.” James Kearns, CEO Build Charity.