Can you predict which employees are going to be low or high stress?

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Research from wild baboons provides insight into what type of people are better equipped to handle daily, psychological stress….


In the scientific world it is well understood that stress is essential for survival…

A zebra sees a lion, stress makes her run…

But we modern humans get stressed mostly for psychological reasons…which are much more constant and lingering than a run in with a lion…

Think: Work, lifestyle, family, even special days like Christmas…

What makes stress dangerous is the glucocortocoid hormones that our body releases…

Elevated levels of such hormones leads to diabetes, hypertension, decreased testosterone, memory loss, suppressed immune system…

I know of a judge who had to step down due to temporary blindness caused by excessive stress…stress literally changes you…

Robert Sapolsky, professor of neurology at Stanford University, has been studying stress in wild baboons for more than three decades. And he found there are two powerful predictors of who will be most affected by stress…

(You’re gonna love this): Personality plays a huge role…

Can you tell the difference between a big threat and minor issue?

If it is big can you figure out a way to get some control over it? If there’s a bad outcome do you have a coping mechanism? …

If you can answer yes to these it’s a good bet you’ve got relatively low stress…(you can always test for this informally during a job interview through ‘imagine this’ type questions given to the job candidate)…

Beyond personality traits, the single best predictor of an ability to deal well with stress is how socially connected you are….

Baboons who had strong relationships also had low glucocorticoid levels and outlived the more isolated baboons by about three years…

So in these upcoming holidays, rejoice in your interconnections, your friends and family. It’s a good thing for your heart and health…if you have a good coping mechanism that is…

Acknowledgment for the basis of this article goes to Christie Nicholson…

Grow Business Grow Client Strategy:

It’s crucial for our clients to hire and keep the right employees…research like this helps us create better hiring systems for them…

Everything we do for our clients is to help them surround themselves with talent and energy that protects them away from low level higher stress ‘stuff’…

You can do all the great marketing and advertising you want, but if your employees and you stress easily then it’s going to be even more stressful trying to grow the business together…

Here’s a quick tip…list all of the things you dislike doing in your business…now ask yourself this question: “Do I have access to people who can do these activities for me who are also low-stress people?” If you do, train them to do them now! If you don’t, start hiring…it will free up your energy, your creativity and your time to generate 10 times more business.

Once done, you’re left doing activities you love to do, day in, day out…

We spend time on these types of things in the Grow Business Grow Boardroom…our clients love it and the payoff for them is life long and it is enormous in terms of dollars and energy…

Our way of doing things is unique and it’s why it produces unique results for our clients…

We would love the opportunity to help you clear your head on what is the right way for you to accelerate your business… 

We highly recommend you watch this step-by-step case study of how we grew Beefy’s Pies into a Famous Aussie Icon from a small stressed out bakery into a family owned chain. Click here to get all the insights into their success…

Or if you have heard enough about how we work with our small business owners, then let’s have an off the record chat about your current situation and see what we can do to immediately guide you…click this link to see what time best suits you.

P.S. Ask if our Boardroom Program intake is open for enrolments…It works best for business owners who see the benefit of having us on as their ‘external partner’ so that they are not alone in the day to day decisions of their business. 

One of the most valuable activities you can do as a business owner and sales professional is to build relationships with people. High quality relationships are not built around a desk.

Try this: Identify the biggest 20% of the relationships you have in your business and go out there and talk to them. Get rid of your desk for 14 days and do just that.

Connect up with your top clients/prospects/centres of influence and see what comes of it. I assure you, you’ll get rid of your desk in an instant on the 15th day.

My accountant did just that, except he didn’t wait until the 15th day. He did it on the first day he heard about this lesson.

It’s what I truly admire about him. Many people over-analyseo an idea, and they do that as a habit over many things in their business. As a consequence they delay progress. They become their own worst enemies in moving their business forward.

Here’s what my accountant did:

Despite having a schedule full of client appointments the next day, it didn’t stop him from removing his desk, removing all shelving, removing all cabinets and removing all traces of paperwork. All he had left in the room was his trusty whiteboard on the wall and four chairs.

No desk.

 

 

Our way of doing things may or may not be right for you…

Either way, it’s always good to get a second opinion on your business situation.

Let’s have an off the record chat about your current situation…click this link to see what time best suits you.

Wayne Hutcheson

P.S. Ask if our Boardroom Program intake is open for enrolments…limited to 8 Businesses.

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About the Author:

Wayne Hutcheson is a Coach of the highly regarded Grow Business Grow Boardroom Program. He works closely with a hand full of clients to help them achieve growth in their business and to enjoy 'guilt-free' time away from their business without it affecting their profitability.
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