Whether you are the CEO, Executive, Manager or staff you are guaranteed to be suffering both emotionally and financially if there is stress in the workplace.
If you are a causing or suffering from stress you will be affecting the productivity and profits of the company, your own earning potential, your relationships with colleagues and your health.
In the main we all blame someone else for our stress, whatever the problem is, it is not ours! That’s why we’re stressed, right? After all if we were at fault we could (or should) do something about it!
Hmm I guess you are cringing a bit by now remembering how you blamed someone else for an action, which caused them stress. Perhaps you never hit your sales target and blamed your support staff for not getting you the appointments, or your marketing colleagues for not giving you the opportunity or even your finance colleagues for not approving your proposals.
All of us are the cause and suffer the affect of work related stress. Understanding how to manage the situation is rarely taught.
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In a training session on “behavioural centred Leadership” I asked the group what they said when in the evening their partner asked “how was your day” they agreed that more often than not there were two key responses. “Meh”, or “my manger is a complete ……” When I asked “Is your manager incompetent” the unanimous answer was “No, just a poor manager” We went on to discuss how behaviour is at the hart of many of managements problems.
This article shows us that when our behaviour is poor we do not get the results we desire and when our behaviour is good we are sometimes pleasantly surprised
1. First Important Lesson – “Know The Cleaning Lady”
During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?”
I have always struggled with mission statements, finding them in the main pointless. I once asked a group of executives if they could quote their mission statements. Not one offered to even have a go.
When creating a Vision, Mission and Values, I adopt the following, which has always worked, both emotionally (buy in) and literally (results)
Beginning with the vision, making clear where you are headed is key to all employees. If they are not clear where they are going they are more likely to get lost!
For the vision to be believable, and gain buy, in it has to be achievable. Conquering World markets may take a tad longer than conquering National markets, which in turn may take longer than Regional and so on.
I have found that 2 to 3 year Visions are more appropriate to start ups and fledglings. A lot can change for a start up in the first couple of years and this necessitates flexibility.
Having clarified the destination I find it helpful to visualise this as a FLAG. It is a future goal which we should all be headed towards.
This article was written for the Institute of Directors way back in July 1991. And still holds true today.
It’s not what you think, it’s the way that you think it
As someone who” left” school at 15, it is understandable that my memories of school life are not rosy. As someone who was probably below the academic norm, it is perhaps not surprising that I might be ignored by teachers who, based in Liverpool and with 41 other kids to deal with, had other problems.
“As CEO You OWE it to the GOOD to GET RID of the BAD, it’s the only way to Facilitate WINNING”
Others may have expressed it differently, I once heard;
“I wanted a happy culture. So I fired all the unhappy people.”
However you want to say it, factual or fluffy, too many companies put up with employees who are cancerous, slowly destroying all the good and ultimately the company.
This is either due to bad leaders not identifying the problem or even worse cowardly weak leaders who are in denial that the problem exists. Either way, by giving you examples of the type and their effect, I want to persuade you to deal with the problem where and when it arises.