It’s not stress that kills us


Everywhere I go, people are stressed.  And with the holiday season just around the corner, I can see it swelling up in people.

A good time to remember this Leadership Quote of the Week.

Years ago during an especially busy time, I was running around like a crazy person.  My manager said to me, ¨Why would anyone want to follow you if you are stressed out and out of control?¨

Whoa – what a wake up call!

As leaders we must be able to manage our own stress and help others do the same.

How do you react to stress?

Some people cut back on activity and commitments.

Some hire help.

Some switch jobs.

Even after making such changes, some people still feel stressed until they change their their own internal reaction to it.

It could be a decision to let stress go which could be supported by five minute rituals like deep breathing, stretching, meditation, Heartmath, music or walks around the block.    Finding ways to laugh usually helps as well.

A leader can help the stress levels of the people on his/her team by:

  • making roles and responsibilities clear and measurable
  • showing commitment and interest in their success
  • providing coaching and support – including coaching them through priority clashes
  • giving recognition
  • showing appreciation
  • making work fun

  What stress relievers work best for you?

Instructions for downloading, printing and posting this week’s quote…. Post it on your computer (see instructions below). Post it everywhere as a reminder to get yourself and your team out of the dark. A terrific strategy for boosting morale, productivity and overall performance.

And if you haven’t already done so, sign up here for a Monday morning BOOST for you and your team – the Leadership Quote of the Week delivered to your email box each Monday morning.

You can post the above quote to your computer screen with just three clicks.

1. Click on the image above. Don’t see an image? Try this link.

2. Right click on the image that appears.

3. On the pull down menu that appears, click on “set as background”.

Voila! There’s still plenty of room on the left side of the screen for all your shortcut icons.

Note: When ready to change your wallpaper, go to your control panel. Select “Display”. Select “Desktop”. And then choose from the designs offered.” Or print the PDF versions below. Just click on the printer icon in lower right corner of the image.

Problems? Try this link.

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