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In this episode of The Leadership Podcast, Jim and Jan discuss stress, emphasizing the importance of recognizing and dealing with it. They highlight the disconnect between leaders and employees in understanding stress levels and the impact of work-related stress. They also mention the need for autonomy among younger workers. The harmful effects of stress, such as high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, are mentioned. Jim and Jan suggest that leaders should adopt a coaching model and prioritize self-care to reduce stress. They emphasize the importance of recognizing stress in others and avoiding the addiction to busyness. Taking time for physical exertion and viewing stress as productive when acknowledged but not dwelled upon are mentioned.
[01:47] Jim and Jan discuss the topic of stress and its significance in leadership. They highlight the need to recognize stress, explore its importance, and discuss how to deal with it.
[03:23] Jim and Jan mentions the Gallup survey on worldwide employee engagement, which reveals that only 23% of employees are engaged at work. They discuss the impact of managing by spreadsheet and the need for leaders to change the way people are managed.
[05:05] They talk about the traditional office environment where people work in cubicles, emphasizing that it becomes their comfort zone. They contrast this with being out of the cube and the challenges it presents in terms of managing stress.
[12:08] Jim and Jan explain the importance for leaders to recognize the stress response in others before they even recognize it themselves. They discuss observing changes in behavior and interaction patterns as indicators of stress.
[14:13] Jim and Jan share their personal experiences with stress and workload management. They discuss the importance of setting realistic goals, avoiding over-scheduling, and the benefits of stress-induced productivity. They also touch on the role of procrastination in managing stress.
[19:25] Jim and Jan discuss the role of leaders in managing stress and creating a supportive work environment. They emphasize the need for leaders to focus on their team's needs and effectiveness rather than prioritizing their own desires.
[27:04] Closing quote: Remember, the greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. — William James
"Burned out is the extreme of stress. It's like an outcome of stress not handled."
"Just because the leader doesn't feel stressed doesn't mean the followers aren't stressed."
"55% of Americans are stressed during the day, and the age group it hits the most is 18 to 33."
“Leaders should take a Hippocratic oath to do no harm.”
“As a leader, it's important for us to recognize the stress response in others before maybe they even recognize it."
"Being a bad boss is more than being a bad person or a good person. It's about being effective with your time and being respectful of your team."
"Let's all try to be better bosses, better leaders, so that we can not stress our people out as much."
"The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another." - William James