Archive for stress SmartBlogs

Many leaders are working in fast-paced, globally competitive companies where they may believe the only way to keep up is to move at warp speed. This is understandable but also potentially destructive to relationships with the very stakeholders who are supporting these leaders.

My work with these leaders often entails their desire to develop, expand or improve relationships with their stakeholders.[…] Continue Reading »

You might be first-line supervision or midlevel in your organization, and you might also be a high-potential or high-performing leader. You are an accomplished person who’s worked your way to get where you are by using significant talents.

Yet, as gifted as you might be, sometimes you might feel powerless. The larger organization asks a lot of you.[…] Continue Reading »

So what is it about job burnout that can kill you?

I was recently on a flight sitting next to an executive for a top-ranked health care company. We were having a nice conversation, and then she disclosed something that shocked me. She was 51 and had survived two heart attacks.

She’d never smoked and didn’t have a litany of medical issues but did have plenty of work stress in her life, and she was admittedly burned out.[…] Continue Reading »

One of the biggest challenges you may face as a leader at any level is the stress that comes from one or more sources:

  • Internal stress: The thoughts, worries or fears that generate negative emotions and keep you awake at night. You’ll know one of these because they usually start with two words: “What if I can’t deliver?
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Last month, I did something I’ve never done before. I spent two weeks 100% disconnected from my work. No cell phone, computer, e-mail or iPhone.

This was a difficult decision to make. I might miss a potential executive coaching client, speaking opportunity or interview with the media. I was hesitant to completely unplug, disconnect and disengage from work.[…] Continue Reading »