Talking them off the ledge – then asking the same of your leader.

31 08 2016

“The truth is that there is no actual stress or anxiety in the world; it’s your thoughts that create these false beliefs.  You can’t package stress, touch it, or see it.  There are only people engaged in stressful thinking.” ~ Wayne Dyer

Some days, I’d laugh in the face of this quote, and other days, I might throw something at the screen.  If this is one of those days for you, keep in mind the words of wisdom of our fearless CEO – “Did anyone die?”.  This question is asked of me when he can tell that I’m stressed out about something that went wrong, or worrying that something bad was looking like it might happen.  It always snaps me back instantly to a relatively calm state.  Systems are down?  “Did anyone die?”  Oh, yeah… systems go down sometimes – we’ll get through it.

Leaders, keep this in mind when your team members are buggin’ out.  It’s your job to say “Don’t worry, I’ve got a plan.  Everything will be OK.”  You, as a leader, have to show your team that you’ve got it under control.  There’s nothing that can turn minor concern into a running-onto-the-runway panic (see LAX news story from earlier this week) than a wild-eyed leader screaming “What are we gonna do?!?!?!?”.  Leaders – Never let ‘em see you sweat.  Then, if necessary, go to your leader, and explain your concerns, so they can talk YOU off the ledge, too.  🙂

Speaking of anxiety…


Rubes cartoons used with permission.




One response

1 09 2016

Such great advice.

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