the ceo magazine, managing pressure,

A CEO of a financial services company felt pressure from the Board to grow the company by winning major, multi-million dollar clients. The CEO instituted a new process for his team, whereby he labeled any prospect over 150 million dollars a "must win" deal and insisted that he be brought in to play a significant role in each of these big deals to help "close" them.  While he had very good intentions when he instituted this process, it didn’t help his team at all.

stress management,
Anne Grady, Author, 52 Strategies for Life, Love and Work
3 Stress-Busting Strategies for Life and Work

Stress is such a big part of our daily lives; it’s sometimes hard to tell how much of it is due to our environment and how much is self-inflicted. One thing is for sure though: our hyper-connected lifestyles today have created a new normal when it comes to living with stress.

the ceo magazine, stress management
Jackie Barretta, Author, Primal Teams

Sometimes it pays to reveal your emotions. I remember the day my boss called me into his office and asked me to address an angry complaint from one of our largest customers. While he visibly kept his cool as he explained the customer’s concerns, I could tell that the customer’s phone call had deeply upset him. After a brief chat, I left his office to deal with the situation, casually saying, “I’m sorry you had to field such an upsetting call first thing in the morning.” He actually snapped at me. “I am not upset!” That reaction dropped my trust in him a few notches. If he couldn’t own up to his true feelings, what else might he be trying to hide?



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