Cutting edge, practical insights on how to craft strategies and lead organizations toward higher levels of Mission Impact for those you serve, from Dr. Rob Sheehan, author, former Nonprofit CEO, professor, consultant. While targeted for nonprofits, these insights also have direct practical applications for businesses and government agencies.
Monday, January 30, 2017
The Right Amount of Stress
What!?! I want NO stress!
there are a lot of good reasons that you don’t want stress. Too much stress has been shown to cause a
myriad of health problems including hypertension, heart issues, depression, and
more. And at work, too much stress can
lead to bad decision making, low quality of work, burn out, strained relations with colleagues, lack
of focus, and more.
Yerkes - Dodson Law
you also don’t want NO stress. That is,
you don’t want “no stress” as long as you’re working. More than one hundred years ago, Yerkes & Dodson identified the relationship between stress and performance. With too little stress, we are not challenged
to do our best. With too much stress,
the quality of our performance suffers.
trick is to get yourself into a situation where you have just the right amount
of stress – which is called “eustress.”
you are feeling too much stress then address it as best you can – you are not
being as productive as you think you are, even if you are very busy (BUSY does
not equal HIGH PERFORMANCE).
no to additional assignments as best you can and/or negotiate different
deadlines. Manage expectations of
yourself and others. Don’t fall victim
to the tyranny of everything being urgent.
Dial back the stress until you get to that sweet spot.
much stress leads to distress. The right
amount leads to high performance and enhanced Mission Impact.
*Also check out "The Mayo Clinic Guide for Stress-Free Living" by Dr. Amit Sood here.
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