Overcoming Overload

I was visiting with a Division President this week who told me that he was concerned with the pace of work for his staff. His team had aggressive productivity targets dictated by their corporate office and they were scrambling, leading to disorganized meeting, long hours and late night texts. Folks were grumpy and not nearly as productive as they needed to be to get this work done effectively. We discussed this being the classic definition of sensory arousal overload and that while it can be exciting, it is also exhausting. On the one hand we are ready for battle and on the other hand, we’re ready for a nap. We talked about the resilience recovery strategy of perspective taking as Read More

Check In Time

It’s been 45 days since the start of the New Year. How ya doing? By this time of the year most folks have gotten caught up in the whirlwinds of their days and find it hard to step back and track how they doing in meeting those big goals they were talking about just 6 weeks ago! We thought it would be easy to plan on going to the gym 4 times a week but it’s trickier when you don’t put that class into your schedule or sit down to talk with a trainer about your routine. At the workplace, you planned to reach out to more clients and strengthen those connections, but you may not have put “Client Calling Read More

Don’t Inhale That Secondary Stress

We know there is danger from being around tobacco users and secondary smoke is now a documented health hazard. How do the effects of secondary stress impact us in the workplace and in other settings? Secondary stress is where we psychologically take on the challenges that other people face and somehow make them our own. The most common example of professionals would be health care providers who experience compassion fatigue, burnout, and other emotional experiences. However, anyone of us can experience secondary stress when a loved one gets ill, a co-worker screws up a project that impacts the rest of the team, or when we stand up because we see an injustice being put on others. We want to help Read More

Bending Reality

Unlike the recent discussions about alternative facts, bending reality is about changing how the future plays out for us. Being more intentional about the way our days play out help us mitigate the challenges we face and create resiliency. Steve Jobs was perhaps the greatest of our time in bending or reshaping reality. His visions about the iPod, iPhone and iPad accurately predicted what consumers would want and he would be dogged about sharing and convincing others that his reality was the right one; and he was usually right. In one study researchers helped athletes deal with their performance anxiety by telling one group that their jitteriness actually helped performance while telling another group that their anxiety would hurt their Read More