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Managing Your Executive Stress

Businesses increasingly have to adapt themselves to exponential levels of change in the world today. The impact on those responsible for managing today’s businesses – executives - is immense. Increasing levels of data to process, faster decision making, long hours, needing to operate simultaneously at both a strategic and tactical levels, managing an increasingly well educated and demanding workforce and customer base; all combine to ramp up the pressure on executives to perform at levels beyond anything experienced by their predecessors. According to research, part of the reason for continually increasing levels of executive stress is that we mostly try to deal with the symptoms; we don’t address the psychological causes, which of course go much deeper. This course will take a more serious approach to the whole subject by delving into the psychological causes of stress and how to address them. Based on the most up to date research on the subject, it will provide delegates with insight into the likely causes of their own stress as well as suggest practical techniques and tools that they will need to reduce their stress successfully in the long term.

Turning 'Theory' into 'Practice'?

The course is based on the most up to date research on work - based stress and how to manage it effectively. It uses a range of techniques as well as the deep level of professional experience of the tutor in this field in helping senior leaders to recognise and address the causes of their stress. There is a positive balance of theory and practice to enable delegates to implement their learning as soon as they return to work. The course is highly interactive, each session involves practical, individual, pair group exercises and a case study. This will be captured finally in each delegate’s Stress Reduction Action Plan ready to implement at the end of the course. Finally, each individual’s plan is presented to the whole delegate group to evaluate and offer constructive feedback about. Most plans are usually improved by this feedback. An optional feedback loop can also be provided after the course via on line and/or phone discussions with the course tutor for further advice and support as they begin to implement their learning back at work.

Who should attend?

Any Managers, Directors, Heads, Managing Directors, and other senior leaders who are looking to find better strategies to manage their and others stress to create greater wellbeing and productivity.

Key areas to be covered in the programme and documentation

An introduction to stress and its impact at work - types, effects and the impact of stress
• The ‘good, the bad and the ugly’ aspects of stress at work.
• Introducing the ‘Bridge’ analogy – what happens when it becomes overloaded?
• It’s hard to avoid it but it can be managed
• ‘Fight, flight or freeze’ - Do you know your stress responses?
• The internal, physical and mental mechanics of how the effects of stress are created inside us

Practical Exercise: Identifying your ‘normal’ stress responses to your particular stressors at work

The causes of stress and its effects on us
• Identifying the real, everyday causes of stress at work and its effects on us.
• Introducing the four, different types of effect that stress can have on us –
the four sources: cognitive, emotional, physical and behavioural

Practical Exercise: Using the four types, identify which particular
stressors you are experiencing currently at work and their causes

The best ways of reducing the impact of stress
• Hints and tips to removing or reducing some of the causes of your stress
• Defining and managing stressors. Introducing the key choices:
– Cutting down the external pressures
– Increasing your ability to cope
• The “Renewal Activities’ model and its importance in counteracting
the negative effects of stress - the four sources: health, removal, intellectual
activities and personal introspection.

Practical Exercise: Working through the Renewal Activities Model questions to analyse your 
strengths and weaknesses in counteracting your stress

Personality types and their typical stressors – introducing the psychology of stress
• Going deeper into the causes of stress – it’s probably more about you!
• The latest psychological research and its key message – “to combat stress
effectively, you must first understand yourself”
• An introduction to Personality Type via the Myers Briggs framework
– raising your personal awareness and what your most likely stressors are
going to be and why – the conscious side of your personality

Series of Practical Exercises: Guess your Type – how well do you really know yourself? 
Compare with your actual results – what’s the difference? How well do you know yourself 
and what stresses you? Where are you most vulnerable? Understand the others’
potential strengths and weaknesses in reducing their stress

The nine key stress questions – ‘In the Grip’
• Introducing the very latest Personality Type research into stress, its causes
and the best individual ways to deal with them
• Focusing on the impact of our unconscious mind when we are stressed
and how to control its most negative and harmful effects on our behaviour
– being “in the grip’ of our ‘shadow’ unconscious

Practical Exercise: Completing the “In the Grip”, Nine Key Questions from a “blank sheet of paper”, getting a deeper insight into your key unconscious areas of stress and how you think
you deal or don’t deal with them

Being in the Grip of your shadow side’
• Exploring the In the Grip framework in detail to understand the real power
of the unconscious to ‘derail” us when we are deeply stressed
• Helping delegates to not simply deal with the symptoms of their stress
but start tackling some of the actual, psychological causes
• Becoming more balanced and grounded when working in stressful situations

Practical Exercise: Delegates receive their personal In the Grip reports
(based on their Myers Briggs results from the previous day). Using the Grip framework, 
defining what actions should be taken to recognise the signs of the problem along with the 
steps they should take to combat it

Developing stress reduction corporate policy plans
• Examining current elements and options in corporate policy
development in this area
• Addressing the causes of stress at work and the current corporate methods
being used to deal with its effects
• What’s the real impact of not addressing the causes of stress at work
on performance?
• The pros and cons of providing free and confidential help lines

Exercise/Group discussion: What are the corporate policy implications for your business? 
Defining the steps to make corporate stress reduction policy more effective

Drafting Your Personal Stress Reduction Action Plan

Practical Exercise: Working individually and then in pairs, delegates construct their 
Stress Reduction Action Plan ready to implement back at work

Benefits to you

• Getting a clear view of what stress is and what its impact on executive performance is likely to be if it is not reduced
• Improving your understanding of the real psychological causes of your stress
• Providing insight into personality types and the personal characteristics of them that are most likely to result in stress
• Identifying the symptoms of stressful behaviour at work
• Recognising the negative impact and effect that stress can have on executive performance
• Acquiring the most effective stress reduction techniques
• Getting clarity about corporate policy implications for stress reduction in your business
• Creating your own Stress Reduction Action Plan to implement as soon as your return to work

Companies already benefiting include:

Duration of Course

2 Day Course

Course details

This course is currently only available as an in-house option. For more information, and a quote, contact our team on +44 (0)20 3002 3321, or by email at

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"This course will allow my company to develop its existing strategies to a much greater and hopefully profitable level."

Managing Director, Tarmac