If you’re like most people, you probably think that stress is an inevitable part of life. The truth is it’s not. In a groundbreaking 30-year study, Dr. Derek Roger has discovered that everything we think we know about stress and how we should “manage” it is just plain wrong. Stress is not a natural response to the pressures of work. It’s a choice that you make, consciously or not, to worry and fret and agonize over the work you need to do instead of just doing it. Why do some people get stressed while others stay calm, cool and collected under pressure? The answer lies in resilience –– your ability to cope with challenges and thrive under adversity –– rather than ruminating and obsessing over them. The key to “managing” stress is to stop it before it starts.
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To be resilient, flexible and ready for anything. Work Without Stress offers a radically different approach to stress. It’s about being resilient. Flexible. Mentally awake and in the moment. It’s about changing your mindset to keep things in perspective instead of adding fuel to the fire with negative thoughts. The techniques you’ll find in this book are powerful, practical and proven to work –– without stress.
IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• Why stress is not an inevitable part of life.
• The difference between pressure and stress.
• To control your attention and become more resilient.
• To practice resilient communication and lead organizational change without stress.
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Your clients expect more, with faster turnarounds. Your quota keeps going up. You need to leverage social media, keep up to date on your industry, figure out how to sell new products and services, and learn all the latest technologies. The demands are never-ending. You could work nonstop around the clock and still not get it all done. It’s a huge problem faced by experienced sales pros, busy entrepreneurs and sales rookies. Jill Konrath, a globally recognized sales consultant and speaker, experimented relentlessly to discover the best time-savers and sales hacks in order to deliver the first productivity guide specifically for sales success. In More Sales, Less Time, Konrath blends cutting-edge behavioral research with her own deep knowledge of sales to teach you how to succeed in this age of distraction. Konrath helps you develop strategies specifically tailored to your life in sales, using your strengths to cut through the feeling of being overwhelmed. All salespeople have the same number of hours in a day; it’s up to you to rescue your time to sell smarter. More Sales, Less Time will show you how.
IN THIS SUMMARY, YOU WILL LEARN:
• The unique challenges of today’s “Age of Distraction.”
• To eliminate distractions and change the way you tackle email and social media.
• To focus better and plan your work systems.
• To transform your mindset to effortlessly incorporate new, more productive habits; leverage your best brainpower; and stay at the top of your sales game.
In the latest book from influential New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, readers are taken through a typical globe-spanning Friedman-esque journey of ideas, insights and, of course, people — many people of a wide variety of nationalities and perspectives, but all supporting in some way Friedman’s central theme: The world is speeding up — and that’s okay, as long as we all keep moving ourselves.
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Friedman compares thriving in today’s world to riding a bicycle: a bike is steady, upright and comfortable when you are moving; stop moving and you topple over. The way to keep moving is to embrace collaboration, pluralism, trust of others — and to not be afraid of change. “So many people today seem to be looking for someone to put on the brakes, to take a hammer to the forces of change — or just give them a simple answer to make their anxiety go away,” he writes. “It is time to redouble our efforts to close that anxiety gap with imagination and innovation and not scare tactics and simplistic solutions.”
Not that there isn’t good reason for trepidation. As Friedman notes, the most dangerous period on New York City streets occurred when cars started appearing but horse-and-buggies had not yet disappeared. We are currently in a similar transition period, with the world accelerating at such a rate that humans are having trouble adapting to the changes.
The Machine and The Supernova
In Thank You for Being Late, Friedman explores in detail the three accelerations driving “the machine” today — the machine being Friedman’s term for the “world’s biggest gears and pulleys [that] are shaping events.”
The first acceleration is in the domain of technology. When visiting the laboratories of the multinationals driving technology forward, Friedman writes, he feels a bit like James Bond visiting Q’s laboratory to discover the latest high-tech spy gadgets.
Except that the mechanical gadgets of Fleming’s hero have been replaced by what most people refer to as “the cloud” and what Friedman calls “the supernova.” Beginning in 2007, according to Friedman, the supernova started launching Moore’s law on the exponential increase in processing power into the stratosphere. Friedman uses the example of an information-technology multinational company based in the surprisingly named town of Batman, Turkey to exemplify how the supernova empowers innovators to reach everywhere from anywhere.
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Why You Get More Done When You Work Less
Date: Thursday, February 16
Time: 1:00 PM ET
Speaker: Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
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In this Soundview Live webinar, Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, Silicon Valley consultant Alex Pang argues that we can be more successful in all areas of our lives by recognizing the importance of rest. Drawing on rigorous scientific evidence and revelatory historical examples, Pang overturns everything our culture has taught us about work and shows that only by resting better can we start living better.
What You’ll Learn:
- Why working better does not mean working more, it means working less and resting better.
- How treating rest as a passive activity secondary to work undermines our chances for a rewarding and meaningful life.
- The importance of making space for daily naps like Winston Churchill, going on hours-long strolls like Charles Darwin, or spending a week alone in a cabin like Bill Gates.
- Why pursuing what Pang calls “deliberate rest” is the true key to fulfillment and creative success.
On Thursday, February 2nd, Soundview hosted a webinar with author of New York Times Best Seller, Spark, Courtney Lynch on The 7 Key Behaviors of an Extraordinary Leader.
Courtney was kind enough to answer some follow-up questions on how to lead yourself and others to greater success:
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What do you do if your boss/leadership does not hold colleagues accountable? Is there a good strategy we can follow?
It’s not uncommon for us to work in an environment where there is limited accountability. Holding others accountable can often seem daunting. Yet, it’s essential for high performance to happen. And, when accountability happens in context with clear standards and leaders who do their best to set a strong example (and who also take the time to understand and work to meet the needs of others) it’s a natural step to creating success. If your boss doesn’t hold others accountable keep in mind that it will be much easier for your performance to slip to the lowest acceptable standard.
To stay credible, work to hold yourself accountable, and handle the lack of accountability, in a professional manner. It’s easy to gossip, complain and grow frustrated in these circumstances. Instead, work to build trust with your colleagues. Eventually in a high trust environment, you all as peers, without the benefit of authority, can work to hold each other accountable. On the best performing teams, everyone is the keeper of the standards, not just the bosses. If holding your peers accountable seems far-fetched in your current dynamics, just be vigilant with your performance, seeking to model a strong example regardless of how others perform. Ultimately, that credibility will allow you influence to get what needs to be done, done well.
Of the 7 steps where would personal faith have the greatest impact?
Personal faith has an impact across the seven steps. Yet I believe it’s most relevant as you seek to live your values with confidence. It’s takes courage to chose to live and lead in ways that are consistent with what you value, versus what society tells us is “right.” When we think about living our values, we often begin with a focus on what’s not working in our lives. By doing that we eventually get to the point where we’ve created a good life, and betterment requires us to make even more challenging trade-offs, perhaps giving up something that we find enjoyable or gratifying to gain something we value even more. I think that’s where personal faith is even more helpful, to support us in determining if we are doing what we believe is best based on our values, faith and priorities.
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