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  • feedwordpress 08:40:37 on 2020/04/16 Permalink
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    The Most Effective Ways Leaders Handle Stress 


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    Leadership is stressful even in the best of times. And leading through a time of crisis elevates that stress levels that often feel unmanageable. That’s why every leader needs to know how to strategically and effectively manage stress. Here are some things to remember when it feels like you have more than you can handle:

    Prioritize self-care. The best leaders are selfless people working in pursuit of a higher purpose and serving their people. They’re quick to give up their personal time and energy to get the job done. But to be a good leader, you have to begin by taking care of your own mental and physical well-being. When you make self-care a priority, you strengthen yourself for the long run and set a good example for your team.

    Learn to say no. Setting manageable priorities is important at any time, but in times of crisis it’s more important than ever. Think about the activities and projects that are absolutely central to your organization’s mission, and turn down the rest. Upholding clear priorities keeps your work sustainable and protects you and your team from burnout.

    Narrow the focus. It’s easy to feel overburdened in difficult times, but when you lose focus you invite stress. As you plan your tasks for each day, maintain a tight view of what’s most important and reasonably attainable. Schedule less important tasks for the future, and delegate when you can.

    Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. We live in a world where people think leaders need to do and know everything themselves. But asking for help—whether it’s in long-term planning, adapting a complex project to reflect new realities, or just getting through the stresses of the day—doesn’t make you weak. If anything, it makes you stronger and more human in your vulnerability.

    Set healthy boundaries. At a time when the boundary between work and home life is even more blurred than usual, it’s important to find effective ways to keep it clear. Make a commitment to the time you give yourself every day, whether you spend it connecting with family and friends, reading, exercising, engaging in a prayer or meditation practice, or listening to music—whatever recharges you.

    Lead by example. To show others that you don’t expect them to do it all, you need to begin by showing them how it’s done. Instead of micromanaging those around you, practice delegation and trust. Set a good example of effective practices, a balanced work life, positivity and self-care.

    Lead from within: The best leaders understand that pushing yourself at maximum capacity 100 percent of the time yields no gains in your long-term performance.

     


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  • feedwordpress 08:00:08 on 2020/04/09 Permalink
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    How to Lead in Times of Crisis 


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    Most leaders believe they’re prepared to lead through a crisis. But after working with hundreds of executives as a leadership coach, I’ve found that many of them don’t fully understand what crisis leadership entails. Faced with an actual crisis playing out in real time, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by uncertainty. Here are some touchstones to help you remember the things you need to do to maintain success—not only for yourself but also for those who are counting on you.

    Meet people where they are. Your first instinct may be to rush into action, but your first job in any crisis is to make sure your people feel safe. Once you’ve addressed that essential element, you can move on to the next steps.

    Look ahead, not just around. While you’re reacting to what’s happening in the moment, you also need to be thinking and projecting several steps ahead through every likely scenario. Especially if you can map what’s happening now against an earlier crisis, you can determine what you’re likely to encounter and be prepared to meet it.

    Expect frequent course corrections. In times of crisis things are always changing. Make a plan, but be prepared for course corrections along the way. Agility and flexibility make the best plans work, and the more perspectives you consider the better prepared you’ll be to adapt.

    Communicate continually. The worst thing you can do in a crisis is to leave your people in the dark. They need to trust that you’ll always let them know what’s going on, even if the news is bad or the answer is “I don’t know.”

    Set priorities. Even in the best of times, leaders have to balance urgent needs with longer-term but equally important tasks. In times of crisis, it’s more important than ever to determine what you need to deal with immediately, what can wait, and what you can delegate.

    Make sure you’re learning. There is nothing more important than learning from each crisis—examining what is working and what is not, and applying that as experience. If the past can’t teach you what you need to know, make sure you can apply what you learn along the way to the future.

     Aim for constant improvement. Every crisis is an opportunity to learn about the strengths and weaknesses of your leadership. Reflect on your initial responses to stress, your emotions and behaviors. As yourself how you can better handle the human dimensions of the crisis. Even in the most challenging situations, great leaders are constantly working to improve themselves.

    Elevate others. In stressful times it’s more important than ever to seek out ways to empower and inspire people. Put the well-being of your people before anything else. The way you treat them in a time of crisis will define much of your legacy as a leader.

    Lead from within: In a crisis, it’s not the command-and-control type of leader who is successful but the one who stands with their people.

     


    #1 N A T I O N A L  B E S T S E L L E R

    The Leadership Gap
    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness


    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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  • feedwordpress 08:00:22 on 2019/07/04 Permalink
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    How to Guarantee Strong Performance Under Pressure 


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    It’s easy to do great work when you have access to plenty of resources and time. The true test of your leadership skills, ability and confidence is your ability to function at your best when pressure is high and important decisions need to be made quickly.

    You won’t generally have a say in when or how a high-pressure situation will strike, but you can learn to function well when it does by understanding what motivates and energizes you.

    Visualize the destination, not the journey. Take a moment to visualize the calm after the storm: the work is done and done well, and you’re celebrating with your team. Positive visualization can alleviate pressure and help you relax and stay focused, reminding you that even the most intense situations eventually resolve.

    Motivate yourself with a reward. You likely already have a reward system in place for your team, so why not for yourself? Research shows that people who know their hard work will be tangibly rewarded tend to perform better than those who don’t. Whether it’s a vacation, something you’ve been wanting to buy, or dinner at your favorite restaurant, pick a reward that will keep you going and pretend it’s already yours.

    Create a system and focus on your actions. Pressure and anxiety result when things seem out of control, when you feel you have too much to do and you don’t know how you can accomplish it all. The solution is to craft a routine or system for getting the work done. Focus on your daily actions and carry out your plan with discipline and determination. A routine can help prevent panic and distraction, allowing you to focus on the task at hand.

    Remember the difference between being busy and being productive. Most of us are guilty of thinking we’re accomplishing something as long as we’re busy doing things, but that’s not necessarily the truth. It’s a matter of doing the things that help us accomplish our goals. Look at the things you’re doing and delegate or eliminate all the unnecessary activities that are taking up your time and interfering with your success.

    Slow down to speed up. How many times do we rush into things because we feel pressured to do something? The better approach is to slow down, think about what you want to do and take some time to formulate a plan. Give yourself the space to be creative, innovative and productive instead of just reacting in the moment.

    Take control where you can and let go where you can’t. In any moment of pressure, there are factors you have control over and factors outside that control. When you focus on the things you can’t control, the pressure—and your anxiety—are intensified. Focus on the things you can control and let the rest take care of itself. Take a deep breath and remember the traditional prayer: Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

    When the stakes are high, it’s easy to let your nerves get to you. But remember that your character is revealed most clearly when the pressure is highest, so be the person who handles pressure thoughtfully and with grace.

    Lead from within: Pressure is normal; it is what you do with that pressure that truly matters.


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    The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness


    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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  • feedwordpress 23:45:26 on 2018/06/11 Permalink
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    10 Simple Ways to Relieve Your Stress 


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    Most of us feel frazzled on the job these days–from entry-level workers to CEOs to entrepreneurs. No matter where you work or what you do, there is always too much to do and not enough time. It’s hard to feel calm in such a stressful climate– so how do you combat stress so you can be your best?

    Here are some of the best stress busters I share with the leaders I coach:

    1. Track your stressors.

    A great way to begin relieving your stress is to track where it’s coming from. Keep a journal for a week or two to identify which situations create the most stress and how you react and respond to them. Keep an account of your thoughts and feelings, including the people and circumstances involved and how you responded. Knowing the sources of your frustrations and stresses lets you better understand how to eliminate or prevent them.

    2. Practice mindfulness.

    Meditation and deep breathing exercises can help melt away stress. Start by spending a few minutes each day in the simple activity of sitting still and concentrating on your breathing. Mindfulness helps you focus purposefully on a single activity without distraction, a practice that can calm you mentally and physically.

    3. Establish boundaries.

    These days it feels like we have to be available 24/7. That’s why it’s so important to establish boundaries. Some options to consider: not checking email from home in the evening, not answering the phone during dinner, not doing work on weekends. When you create rituals and establish boundaries, you establish calm.

    4. Learn to let things go.

    Don’t let something that’s long done and over with continue to bother you. A big part of managing stress is learning to turn loose of the things you cannot control–and that includes everything in the past. You can’t change the things that have happened, but you can control your attitude and how you deal with those things.

    5. Get moving.

    One of the best ways to reduce stress is to work it out. Being outdoors is especially beneficial, so hike or bike if you can. But any form of exercise, indoors or out, is good for you. Moving your body is a mood booster and produces endorphins that will leave you feeling more relaxed.

    6. Learn to say no.

    Stop trying to be a people-pleaser; simplify your life by learning to say no. The more you say no to unimportant things, the more time you have to say yes to the things you care about deeply.

    7. Have a good laugh.

    Studies have found that laughter can reduce stress and actually strengthens your immune system. Find something to laugh about.

    8. Focus on the positive.

    Positive thinking isn’t about expecting the best to happen every time–it’s about accepting what happens and making the best of it. Building positive rituals will help you keep negativity at bay.

    9. Learn not to take things personally.

    If you take everything personally, you’ll remain offended for the rest of your life. What other people do is usually a reflection of their own issues and doesn’t have anything to do with you.

    10. Take time to recharge.

    To avoid stress and burnout, everyone needs time to replenish, recharge and recuperate. The process of switching off from time to time is critical in a way that fits your needs and preferences. When possible, take time off to relax and unwind, so you can come back feeling reinvigorated and ready to perform at your best.

     


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    THE LEADERSHIP GAP

    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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  • feedwordpress 14:40:24 on 2018/06/10 Permalink
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    7 Daily Rituals Successful People Use to De-Stress and Stay Productive 


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    Today most of us are expected to do more with less. We lead lives that are more demanding on every front–work, family, social, health–with little time left over to unwind. Stress affects our mental health, our well-being and our performance at work.

    But there are ways you can help yourself. Here are seven rituals successful people use to decrease stress and find relaxation.

    1. Set up your boundaries. In today’s frantic world it’s easy to feel pressure to be available 24 hours a day, but no reasonable person can maintain that as a way to live. The answer is to develop a work-life boundary ritual. Your boundary can take a lot of forms: It might mean never checking your phone after 8pm, not emailing after hours, not interrupting time you’ve set aside for family or friends.

    2. Claim your calm:  If you’re always running from one venture to another, one project to another, one call to another, one meeting to another, the word hectic is an understatement. The shallow, tense breathing we do when we’re rushing doesn’t make things any better. If you can claim even a few seconds–in the car, at your desk, between phone calls–for a simple attentive round deep inhaling and exhaling, it will help shut down the stress-induced or “fight or flight” response and guide you toward calm and relaxation.

    3. Engage in mindful meditation. With a bit more of a time investment, you can enjoy the physical and mental benefits of regular meditation. Those who meditate report that they experience more happiness, less anxiety, and greater feelings of connection and purpose. Some studies are even finding a connection to our ability to fight illness.

    4. Do less, be more. It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that you’re wasting time if you aren’t actively doing something–or even multiple things. But as the adage says, first and foremost we are human beings, not human doings. Multitasking and overwork lead to anxiety, depression, and other difficulties. Guiding yourself toward a slower pace and some regular down time will leave you calmer, more relaxed, and happier.

    5.  Get up and move around. We weren’t built to spend entire days hunkered over a desk staring at a screen. Movement is something you need every day. It’s also one of the best ways to dissipate the energy of stress in your body. When you walk briskly or do other forms of exercise, your body releases neurotransmitters that lead to improved mood and a greater sense of well-being. Some research suggests that it may even improve blood circulation to the brain. Regular exercise–even a 15-minute walk while you’re thinking through a problem–brings a host of benefits.

    6. Sleep is a must. With so much to accomplish in a day, sleep seems like a logical place to cut back and give yourself more time. But a sleep deficit causes all kinds of negative effects in our bodies, from increased risk of a stroke or heart attack to weight gain. On the other hand, good sleep provides you with better emotional regulation, stronger immunity and more energy. Shut off the screens and create a restful place for yourself to recharge.

    7. Take control of your life. The essence of personal success is knowing what you need to accomplish your goals and making sure you get it. Unwind, destress, and switch off when you need to so you can come back refreshed and newly motivated.

    Remember, every day you have a choice. Make use of these seven simple rituals so you can reactivate your energy and motivation to do all the things you want to accomplish.

     


    N A T I O N A L   B E S T S E L L E R

    THE LEADERSHIP GAP

    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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