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As a leader, your board of directors is one of your most important and strategic partners. Your company’s success depends on the effectiveness of your board. Your board can help you course-correct, identify opportunities to expand your reach, fundraise, especially if you’re a not-for-profit entity, manage risk, and build the company’s brand. This will help you reduce stress and help you improve your overall wellbeing and health.
Stress is directly related to your health. Stress inhibits your immune system, making you less able to fight off attackers such as viruses and bacteria. You become more prone to infections, frequent colds and flu, shingles, yeast infections, rheumatoid arthritis, and even warts. Stress also will impact your sleep. Stress causes an imbalance in your hormonal system and causes the release of stimulating hormones such as cortisol. These hormones can cause sleep disturbances. The impact on your work can be significant. You become irritable, more easily distracted, less creative, and less able to draw links between information. …
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Stress can cause us to gnaw away at our fingernails. It can keep us tossing and turning in bed. And it can cause us to transform into Cruella de Vil.
Stress has a profound impact on our wellbeing. In my book, Stress-Less Leadership, I discuss how stress alters your brain circuitry and has long-term effects on your mental well-being. Did you know that if you’re exposed to constant stress, you can experience depression, anxiety, burnout, and other mental illnesses?
Yes, burnout is now officially a recognized mental health diagnosis. The World Health Organization (WHO) included burnout in its International Classification of Diseases, or ICD-11, a diagnostic tool for medical providers. Burnout is described as “resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” The ICD-11 burnout diagnosis goes into effect with the new guidelines in 2022. …
We all have our quirky habits and rituals. Eating the middle of Oreo cookies before the outsides, cracking our knuckles, talking to ourselves, and the list goes on. Sometimes it seems as if our habits don’t follow any rhyme or reason. But when it comes to stress, our stress management habits do typically have an underlying motive. Here are three stress management habits that, while they might seem weird, actually work.
1. Wear headphones with no music
Distraction is everywhere in the workplace. Noise is especially irksome. A colleague whistling the latest Taylor Swift song, chomping down on a bag of potato chips, or urging us to weigh in on the latest slew of workplace gossip can easily cause our stress levels to climb. Rather than let your stress levels rise, try donning a pair of noise-canceling headphones. …
Stress is a formidable force. Oftentimes, it is bigger than us, and we need to enlist the help of others to keep stress at bay. But it’s challenging to ask for help without spreading our stress levels to others. A trusted other can help us regain control of our emotions and think more clearly. If you’ve ever confided in a friend about a crappy day, you know that letting your concerns and worries out can be a solution in itself, leaving you calmer and more clear-eyed about the situation at hand.
Enlisting the help of others when you’re stressed can have many additional positive outcomes. It can leave you feeling calmer and in a healthier state of mind. And, when you open up and confide in friends, this can strengthen your relationship with them. But when confiding turns into a rant, it reinforces your pent-up anger instead of releasing it, which can negatively affect both you and the person who is listening to you. According to an American Management Association (AMA) article, it’s important to ensure you’re not “indulging in self-righteous outrage”. The Association explains, “Self-righteous outrage puts us into an angry, resentful emotional state, hardly an optimal frame of mind to engage someone in a productive conversation.” …
Your meeting is moving forward just as you intended when suddenly Marco breaks the pace, switches tracks with a new subject and takes it in another direction. Yep, you’ve been hijacked. This scenario is a real problem in meetings because hijackers reduce team productivity and keep your group from achieving its goals. Here are four key tactics you can apply to limit the potential for a hijack, minimize a disruption when it happens and to get your meeting back on your track.
1. Have a plan
Send out a written agenda a few days in advance and ask your team for input. People are less likely to disrupt a meeting if they feel like they had a hand in shaping it. More importantly, Marco will be less likely to hijack the meeting when a piece of paper already states the order of business. And if he does, it is more likely that others will help you get things back on track. …
Do you manage introverts? Introverts are commonly misunderstood and often overlooked. Many people don’t appreciate that introverts make for some of the most effective leaders. As an executive and leader, it’s critical that you harness the powers of introverts. I am going to give you three tips that will guide you in creating an environment that emboldens introverts to thrive.
1. Re-evaluate your office layout.
Extroverts thrive when they are in the presence of others. Whereas extroverts seek energy from social settings, introverts find social interaction draining. Introverts quickly become emotionally and cognitively taxed while in the presence of others. …
Kindness is one of the most underrated concepts in business. ‘Kindness’ and ‘Workplace’ are two words rarely associated with one another. A survey conducted by the American Management Association (AMA) found that managers who were viewed as kind by their direct reports were associated with higher performance across a number of dimensions. Echoing these findings, Adam Grant, in his book “Give and Take”, cogently asserts that the extent to which a leader exhibits kindness and generosity is a strong predictor of team and organizational effectiveness.
With sexism, sexual harassment, bullying, racism, and other epidemics plaguing the workplace, kindness can act as a formidable and uplifting approach against negativity. …
Bezos requires his executives to submit six-page briefs that are eerily reminiscent of high school essays. While Bezos’ insistence that long form narrative replace PowerPoint may benefit some employees (in terms of helping them better understand and crystallize meeting concepts,) many cohorts are disadvantaged by the approach. To be precise, 65% of individuals are disadvantaged because they are visual learners (according to the Social Science Research Network). Hence, the Bezos approach actively excludes them.
Here are three easy ways to make sure there is something to suit everybody’s communication style.
1. A picture is worth a thousand words
Incorporate multiple forms of media. Meeting slides and presentations that incorporate embedded images, videos, and slideshows can prove enormously effective in creating a more inclusive environment for all types of learners. Research by MIT neuroscientists shows that the brain is able to process an image in as little as 13 milliseconds. …