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May 12, 2017

How Much Pressure Are You Under?


At a strategy day I ran with a client recentlyI started by asking the senior team to rate their pressure levels. 80% of the team rated themselves at 800 out of a possible 900 and in the stress zone.

When we are in the stress zone it negatively affects our performance because decision making is impaired, productivity reduces and our ability to respond to situations rationally is gone. Plus, it means less time doing the things we love.

We worked out was that the reason they were in the stress zone was because they’d agreed to do too many things.

The team knew how important growth was for the business and were giving it 110% to make that happen. They are a really hardworking and committed team, like most senior teams.

The problem was that they were chasing every opportunity that crossed their path. This meant that deadlines were missed, accuracy levels had reduced and communication had stopped - all of which created more problems and ate into their time more.

We worked out that the reason they were chasing all these opportunities was that they’d lost site of the vision for the business. Which meant they’d lost site of what they should be doing to add the most value.

What we did was:

  • Get the CEO to share their vision again
  • Worked out the actions that add the most value for the business and the individual team members
  • Uncovered the major challenges they face that will derail their success and devised a plan to fix them
  • Agreed a stop doing list for opportunities that they will no longer pursue and actions that don’t add value
  • Then scheduled these vision and strategy sessions quarterly to keep the team updated, focussed and accountable

The relief and excitement at the end of the day was palpable because the team had a way to get back to the zone of optimal performance, which means some stress but not too much stress, and they had a plan to achieve their goals faster.

If you are in the stress zone some great questions to ask to work out your pressures are:

  • What are the businesses top 3 priorities?
  • How much time do I/we spend working on them?
  • What do I/we do that doesn’t help achieve them? (that we will stop doing)
  • What are the major problems I/we must address to achieve them?
  • What actions are the most important I/we do to achieve them? (that we will do more of)
  • What help do I/we need to achieve them?

Don’t tell me show me.

At The Leader Centre we understand that it takes a leap of faith to work with a business you haven’t worked with before and that when your senior people are already busy it can feel like added pressure to take time out for training and development.

The problem with that is that when you don’t invest in training and development more of the pressure falls on you and your people and your business fall behind.

So we take that leap of faith with you and instead of just telling you what we do, we show you by offering half a day’s training for your senior team at our expense.

On that half day we show you how your business can achieve more and how senior people can reduce their stress by doing less than they are now.

To book your session simply get in touch via our contact page.

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