The Power of Agency
The 7 Principles to Conquer Obstacles, Make Effective Decisions, & Create a Life on Your Own Terms
(Available March 2019)
AGENCY is the ability to act as an effective agent for yourself—reflecting, making creative choice, and constructing a meaningful life.
“Some books convey deep insights that make you gasp with recognition. Some offer useful practices and tools you can immediately apply. Napper and Rao have written that rare book that does both. The Power of Agency is as practical as it is wise. If you are struggling to manage your work and life in this age of endless distraction, read this book immediately.”
— Amy C. Edmondson, Ph.D., Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School and author of The Fearless Organization.
"Drawing on decades of their professional experience and cutting-edge research, Drs. Napper and Rao offer keen insights into making decisions that enhance one's life. Whether in parenting, business, physical or mental health, they reveal how agency is key to successful outcomes. This is a book replete with the kind of wisdom that we seek for ourselves and for those we love."
— Jerome Groopman, M.D., Recanati Professor at Harvard University and best selling author of How Doctors Think.
“The deceptive simplicity of The Power of Agency is rooted in the authors’ close acquaintance with the complexity of modern life, their genius lies in their ability to show us precisely how to run our lives rather than to allow our lives to run us.”
— Edward Hallowell, M.D., best selling author of Driven to Distraction.
“No matter what happens to you in life, you dictate how you respond—that is agency. This book offers the groundwork for making choices that allow you to spend more time on the things you care about and less time on those you’d rather skip. Your relationships will have more warmth, your productivity will increase, and your life will feel more meaningful.”
— Kim Malone Scott, New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Radical Candor.
For more information: powerofagency.com
The Way of Boys
Promoting the Social and Emotional Development of Young Boys
As a culture, we are increasingly failing to respect young boyhood, pathologizing normal boy behavior and foisting burdensome and stigmatizing diagnoses of ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, bipolar disorder, and more on boys as young as three years old.
The result, as Dr. Anthony Rao passionately argues in The Way of Boys: Promoting the Social and Emotional Development of Young Boys (William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, 2009), is nothing less than a crisis in American boyhood, with ever-increasing numbers of boys being treated and medicated for problems many may not have.
In this practical and accessible guide to the distinct challenges of raising young boys into happy and healthy young men, Dr. Rao urges parents, educators, pediatricians, psychologists, and other developmental experts to reevaluate and radically alter how we deal with our youngest boys. He teaches parents how to rear their sons with respect for their natural development right from the start, which gives them the best shot at growing into confident and healthy men ready to make their unique contributions to the world.