Category Archive: Stress

What to do When High Performers Take on New Challenges

One of your best team members took on a new challenge. Performance plummeted. Now what? #1. Expect the dip. New challenges make us novices again. Performance goes down when people navigate uncharted waters.… Continue reading

The Power of the Leader’s Calling

Goals and strategies are useful, but nothing trumps calling. Leadership is the calling to bring your best self in service to others. Define success in terms of personal excellence, not results. Achievements are less… Continue reading

Arrogance and Other Concerns with Stretching People

This post is a follow up to this morning’s post, “How to Stretch People without Breaking Them.” Thanks to the people who added comments and inspired this post. Arrogance: The idea of stretching… Continue reading

How to Stretch People Without Breaking Them

I asked Mary to talk in front of a group. She texted back, “You are kidding, right?” Later she said, “I nearly puked on my desk, when I got your text.” Don’t judge… Continue reading

5 Ways to Succeed with an Inflexible Pigheaded Boss

Small adjustments create drama for bosses and team members who find security in predictability. Rigid people expect others to adapt to them. Change sends them off the deep end.   If you’re flexible,… Continue reading

How Managers Lower Stress and Enjoy Work

Stress is a thistle patch.  Stress is a magnifying glass.  Stress is a straw.  Top 4 external stress points for managers: People problems. Delivering more results with fewer resources and people. Conflicting expectations… Continue reading