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Stress: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Posted in Senior Manager on February 18, 2013
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Stress is the topic of “This Week’s Discussion”.  As a leader, what do you do to reduce stress at work?  Are you aware of the effects stress has on your ability to lead, manage and think strategically?  What about your team?  Do they function as well as they could, or do some of your key employees suffer from the negative effects of high stress environments?


Please help welcome Christina Haxton to our Expert Panel.  By implementing her 5 Brain-Friendly Rules to Eliminate Stress, busy leaders can make substantial improvements in their results and the results of their team.


Managing stress is NOT the solution…instead, challenge yourself to reduce or eliminate it.


We’d like to hear from you.  Please say hello to Christina and let her know what you think.

Comments (3)

Christina Haxton posted on: February 20, 2013

Hello Shadi,

You make several good points, thank you for commenting. As you say at the end of your post, we need stress for motivation and don''t want to eliminate stress/pressure/tension all together.

A manager''s role is to facilitate leveraging stress/pressure/tension to increase motivation and achieve optimum performance. When we are paid to think (or we pay others to think) a manager who is a good listener and asks idea-provoking questions is more effective than one who tells, demands or lectures.

Facilitate change at the level of thinking to generate Aha! moments of insight and inspiration, which lead to action!

What do you do or say that inspires Aha! moments in your team?

Shadi posted on: February 18, 2013

Thanks for the very important subject, we all suffer some stress events ,caused by work and this will drive into bad experience and low productivity which in turn lead to more stress, unfortunately not all people can deal with the stress at work place specially when it is not only some one job,
For me I use to be flexible and space giver this is was helpful, reducing the stress is very useful because every things effect everything’s, I use to reduce the stress when it is pressure before going to stress…..
Indeed I have many bad experience with stress specially with new employee or outside field employee, but as a manager it is your role to accommodate the negative stress to positive stress when employee can raise the bare higher when they start some events of stress.

Christina Haxton posted on: February 18, 2013

Hello and thank yo for the warm welcome! I'm excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the Managing Americans community! We learn and grow in relationship and conversation, not in isolation ... so let's get started!

To Your Sustainable Leadership,

PS. When it comes to building an outstanding team, consider learning how to leverage stress to your toolkit!

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