Category Archive: Stress

High Stress to High Value: Handling Hot Potatoes

Others handle day-to-day challenges. But the hot potato lands in your hands. Passing the buck in a high stress situation means you’ve reached your peak. But an aspiration to advance requires resolve to… Continue reading

Embracing the Power to Predict the Next Normal

The challenge isn’t predicting the next normal. It’s creating it. I heard the term “next normal” when a friend texted me from a Board retreat. I believe McKinsey used “next normal” first. Leaders… Continue reading

People will Remember How You Treated Them During COVID-19

A friend of mine got laid off last Friday. Clients in education are developing three plans for the fall of 2020, but most of their work could be irrelevant. Other clients are figuring… Continue reading

How to Show Up During Emotional Turmoil

Stressful times create emotional turmoil. Emotional conflict on the team always hurts and often harms. Leadership includes managing emotion, both your own and others’. How to Show Up During Emotional Turmoil: #1. Always… Continue reading

4 Ways to Tame the Stress Monster

Stress isn’t a germ you catch from an uncovered sneeze. Stress isn’t a thing. Scientists examine the results of stress, but they can’t examine stress itself. Stress is a monster that rises inside… Continue reading

How to Use Stress for Advantage when Making Decisions

“Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face.” Nelson DeMille 3 ways to use stress for advantage: #1. Schedule decisions. Stress tells you to wait.… Continue reading