Business: The Rising Pressures to Perform

On the surface, he is a successful executive at Kaiser Industries, 40 years old, with important responsibilities. But he worries constantly about whether he is equal to the job. More often than not, a routine phone call from a superior sets off a sudden, stabbing pain in his chest. Company doctors are seriously concerned about his health. Constant tension, they report, brings on the pains of angina pectoris, which often precede a heart attack.

TENSION kills few people outright, but there is evidence that the increasing competitiveness of business has stretched many executives to...

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