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As a high performer, there is much you can do to increase your capacity. This applies to both your energy level, your robustness and your intelligence. You will also have to be able to balance the stress you experience. Stress is hard to avoid. You can find inspiration and advice on how to handle stress on yourself and others here – and how you and your workplace prevent it.

How we manage our mental energy and how the mental economy is managed in companies and societies are often overlooked. As an executive coach, I have a question for you to reflect upon and some techniques that can boost you and your organisation. Join me for an experience designed to inspire and ignite through inspirational speeches and good food!

You are invited:

The Executive Boost Event hosted together by Top Chef, Henrik Jyrk and me.

Where: at Henrik Jyrk’s restaurant – Ibu on Vesterbrogade 56
When: October 8th at 16.00 – 17.30
RSVP: Purchase your Executive Boost Event tickets here. Bring a colleague or business partner. The event is in English.

The Executive Boost Event programme

  • 16.00 – Welcome
  • Clear or Hooked? Inspirational speech by Executive Coach, Josefine Campbell, on managing personal and professional energy
  • Food boost. How you can use food to boost energy and recharge your batteries by Top Chef Henrik Jyrk.
  • Serving energy-boosting food
  • Networking
  • 17.30 – End of programme. You are welcome to stay and can book a table for dinner.

In this video, Henrik and I share a bit about what we are planning for you.

You might know Henrik as the TV chef from Go’ Morgen Danmark or from his previous restaurant, KUL, that received a Michelin star. This event takes place at his present restaurant, Ibu that specialises in Asian fusion, located on Vesterbrogade 56 in Copenhagen.

IBU Copenhagen
Ibu Copenhagen

Also, I mentioned earlier that I had a question for you…

The question is, am I hooked or am I clear?

Am I hooked or am I clear? This is an intelligent question to ask oneself from time to time, especially when under pressure, lacking sleep or when your nutrition or diet is poor. Whenever you experience fatigue or stress, the more sophisticated parts of the brain become vulnerable and can get hijacked by the primitive, yet powerful reptilian brain. When the reptilian brain takes over it ignites the oversimplified responses of fight, flight or freeze. This can be disguised in emotions and thoughts that we automatically identify with.

The cost? Bad decisions, which can lead to bad results or bad relationships. The most powerful leaders and top athletes, it happens to us all. Sometimes we are too low on mental bandwidth or energy, and our brain gets hooked. Once it is hooked, that counter-productive internal dialogue can take over. How to counter this? You can read more on this topic from my article on agility.

“It doesn’t happen to me”, some might say. But, what about your people? And, what is the cost for you on that account?

Harvard Published author, Susan David writes,

Leaders stumble not because they have undesirable thoughts and feelings—that’s inevitable—but because they get hooked by them, like fish caught on a line. This happens in one of two ways. They buy into the thoughts, treating them like facts (It was the same in my last job…I’ve been a failure my whole career), and avoid situations that evoke them (I’m not going to take on that new challenge). Or, usually at the behest of their supporters, they challenge the existence of the thoughts and try to rationalize them away (I shouldn’t have thoughts like this…I know I’m not a total failure), and perhaps force themselves into similar situations, even when those go against their core values and goals (Take on that new assignment—you’ve got to get over this). In either case, they are paying too much attention to their internal chatter and allowing it to sap important cognitive resources that could be put to better use.

David, S. & Congleton, C. (2013) Managing Yourself – Emotional Agility. Harvard Business Review. Available from: https://hbr.org/2013/11/emotional-agility

Learn more at the Executive Boost Event. I hope to see you there.

Tickets can be purchased here.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to write to me at hello@josefinecampbell.com.

This post is for all the affected families and unborn children whose brains and nervous systems are affected by the stress levels of the mother. Our society is hopeless when it comes to pregnant women in work. This is especially true in high performance environments, especially in the case of top of Danish businesses and among major consultants. How does one deal with a pregnancy when having a career?

Contact Josefine for a non-binding call on stress coaching at +45 26361199 or Hello@josefinecampbell.com or read more
about stress coaching here

Stress and pregnancy?

Stress has become a working condition in high performance environments. It is something that happens and something which must be handled; we cannot completely avoid stress. But, how to deal with pregnancy when having a career? Should you as a woman avoid high performance jobs if you want to become pregnant one day?

It should be forbidden to put too much pressure on a pregnant women. When a woman is pregnant the development of the foetus’s nervous system and brain will be affected by the stress level of the mother. As a coach, I meet many skilled people who push themselves and their bodies into an unhealthy and stressful position.

Better performance with meditation 

I spoke with meditation teacher, writer and martial arts master Henning Daverne about stress, meditation and good leadership. The most interesting thing about meditation is that it leads to better performance and stronger results for leaders which positively penetrates into their companies. Watch the video and learn more about meditation for leaders.

Stress at work is related to too much adrenaline

Did you know that there is a risk that you and your co-workers have a high level of stress? The stress hormone is called adrenaline – and affects your behavior, your decisions and what you are capable of as a business. Too much adrenaline is not good and can have a negative effect. In the video, I talk about adrenaline and how it relates to stress.

You are working. Time flies by and suddenly you discover that you are hungry. You have actually forgotten to eat. Sometimes it’s also like that with your breathing. You forget to breathe properly. There may be things that make your breathing tense. A tense leader, is not a good leader. It is important to pay attention to breathing deeply, which gives oxygen to the brain and makes your muscles relax. This little gadget from Spire helps remind me.

Most people all know the feeling of being a bit stressed. Sometimes it can give a little boost. But do you really know what stress is and what it does to you? In this video you can hear a little more about the stress symptoms that our body sends to us. Actually, I like to call stress symptoms, stress signals because it’s actually your body trying to tell you something. The body is intelligent. Sometimes it’s more intelligent than our head.

Find out how we can get more effective meetings. There is nothing as frustrating as ineffective meetings. We all know the feeling. The meeting is being hijacked by a person with a big mouth who is most keen on hearing himself speak. You do not get to do what was planned. Frustrated, you split up without making any decisions, and you have to spend time again talking about the matter.