How to Manage Your Team's Stress

Navigating stress is like seasoning a gourmet meal: just the right amount enhances the dish, making it unforgettable. Too much makes it unbearable. Our session explored this delicate balance, offering you the tools to lead your team to its peak performance zone, where stress is not a foe but an ally.

The core concepts of the session

🌡️ Balancing Stress for Peak Performance

Under standing the optimal stress level helps leaders steer their team away from complacency or burnout, ensuring productivity and engagement. Ideal team performance is achieved not in the absence of stress but in its optimal zone, balancing the extremes of apathy and anxiety.

👂 Detecting Stress Symptoms in Team Members

Often, stress manifests in subtle signs. By honing our listening and observational skills, we can detect these symptoms and act early to mitigate stress. This proactive approach fosters a supportive environment where team members feel seen and valued.

🧠 Navigating Collective Mindset Traps

Identifying and addressing the ABC patterns in team dynamics allows leaders to reshape negative narratives, promoting resilience. This insight helps in steering the team towards a more constructive and optimistic outlook and away from collective mindset traps like: 

  • Ranking mindset 
  • Thinking about incentives 
  • Fixed mindset

The ABC model is explained in our previous session on How to Manage Stress.

💪 Cultivating a COTE Mindset

Leaders who nurture Confidence, Optimism, Tenacity, and Enthusiasm in their teams build a culture of empowerment and positivity. This collective mindset not only enhances team cohesion but also drives everyone to embrace challenges as opportunities for growth.

Your Moment of Truth

As always the question: How do we make it count? 

“What are you planning to change regarding your Moment of Truth?”

Schedule your Buddy Session

Reflecting with someone outside your immediate environment offers fresh insights:

  • Note your team's stress signals. How do these affect performance?                            
  • Discuss strategies you've employed to mitigate stress.                                                   

Spend 15 minutes coaching each other based on these insights, enriching your leadership toolkit. 

Books on the topic

Do you want more? More details, more examples, more stories? Here are our top recommended reads on the topic of this training session.

Performing Under Pressure

Hendrie Weisinger

Emotional Intelligence

Daniel Goleman

Podcasts for this session

We know that books are not for everybody. We rather would like to share our greatest finds from the podcast world on these topics with you:

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