Much is being written and even more is being discussed today around the topic of leadership. Unfortunately, there is a lot of confusion and defensive posturing that takes place in the business world. Often, when the topic of leadership is talked about, there is much rhetoric and boasting but there seems to be little accomplishment. Almost everyone recognizes the need for leadership but only few can really define and execute it well.
Depending on whose numbers you look at there is a tremendous paradigm shift taking place in terms of the workforce worldwide. More and more people are shifting from employee of a company to independent contractor, some by choice and others not so much. What does it take to exist and grow in this type of environment? Personal Branding? This is not new but it is becoming more important.
It was a nice to have in the late 90’s but starting in 2007 it started to become mandatory for all people of working age. There is no generational group that can avoid having some type of branding available within the market place, this applies to baby boomers, millennials, as well as the latest addition to the matrix, Gen Wii, if the title sticks.
In her 2011 book, “Behind the Executive Door: Unexpected Lessons for Managing Your Boss”, Karol Wasylyshyn advanced the idea that leadership could be seen as a continuum that ranged from Toxic, to Perilous and then Remarkable.
The book was the result of work that she did with Rohm & Haas Chemicals in the 80’s and the development of a program titled Leadership 3000 which continues today. It was a holistic approach to developing executive talent by focusing equally on classic leadership competencies and leader behaviors. The former included topics such as strategic thinking, driving results and managing people whereas the latter touched on emotional fortitude, courage and a bias for action. You can find out more of this actual data by going to http://www.karolwasylyshyn.com/pdf/developing_leaders.pdf.
Work related stress can be defined as: the adverse reaction a person has to excessive pressure or other types of demand placed upon them.” This adverse reaction can and does take its toll on our health, our productivity and general health of the workforce. We may think it only happens here in the US but it is taking place in many industrialized countries around the world. You can see a broader definition at the World Health Organizations website.
But a certain amount, of stress or pressure is actually healthy, it keeps us on our toes and drives us to achieve. In essence, pressure can cause us to lead more fulfilling lives. The difficulty, however, is how do we create a healthy balance of stress because too much stress and anxiety is certainly harmful to your health and well-being? What techniques can we apply to encourage stress and anxiety relief in our lives? Stay with me for a short while and we’ll look at 10 simple ideas to deal with stress and anxiety relief at work. Keep in mind these should be fun, not just another task to add to your already full calendar.
This is an excerpt from the introduction to our new Kindle book available on Amazon. We really loved working on this book because there is so much that still needs to be explored and we are looking forward to that happening. Enjoy this snippet:
How often do you find yourself thinking of your workplace as a jungle or, if you are less exotic, the local forest? The conversations and actions that take place seem to be very reminiscent of any number of animals that you may run into strolling in the wild. Sometimes those conversations or actions can be comical and sometimes they can be shocking. That was the idea triggered when we embarked on our book, ‘Together Works: The Ultimate Guide to Effective Collaboration’.