The weapon that kills stress

13 05 2016

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” ~ William James

(Wow.  There was a supreme lack of weapon quotes, and even fewer about Reverse-Engineering… So I’ll do my best this lovely Friday morning, even if it is still dark outside.)  I think the quote means that you often can’t change the circumstances that could be perceived to create stress, but you CAN choose to interpret those circumstances as creating something else… Opportunity.

Leaders, the nature of leadership is that you’re going to eventually be in a position where “stuff happens”.  When it does, you’re going to notice the eyes of your team turning to you to see how you react to it.  Yep, stuff goes wrong, and we have to deal with it.  Boom!  Something didn’t go the way you planned it.  Well, you can curl into a ball and cry, or you can seize the opportunity by the throat (Carpe Jugulum!), and turn it into a good story that you can tell your own new leaders down the road.  Choose door number 2:  Come up with a plan to deal with the “opportunity”, and turn that frown upside down, Sunshine!  As long as you’re thinking about it, and moving in SOME direction to try to solve it, you’re likely to have the support of both your team, and your own leaders.

Speaking of weapons…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




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