Executive Stress Coaching and managing balance
Managing your stress level and maintaing balance is an inevitable part of being a leader. Especially if you work in several time zones. The trickiest of stress is, that if you are truly stressed, you most likely don’t see or feel it. Stress is survival mechanism, neurobiologically designed so you don’t feel it.
Prolonged periods of stress are harmful to your health and disrupt your own ability to function well. Luckily, there are important skills you can learn to manage your stress level.
Some benefits of managing your stress are:
- Better decision making
- Better management
- Greater wellbeing
- Stronger health
- Higher and more sustainable performance
- A happier you
A leader will sometimes pay for one’s own coaching, but the employer mostly sponsors these sessions. As a result, there are several parties to address and an ethical code that is being followed:
- There is 100% confidentiality. So anything said in sessions stays in sessions, unless otherwise agreed.
- HR and the employer will need to plan ressources in case of sick leave and changes in work schedule. The coach and coachee will collaboratively agree upon the schedule and inform the company, so all parties are aware.
- HR and the employer can get advice and counselling if needed about how to manage stress in the organisation, or in the specific case, once aligned with the coachee.
A leader shares her experience
My stress did not feel greater than normal. Perhaps it was the combination of relocating, adjusting to a new job and education. When we fully grasped the symptoms, I realised I had been living with a high degree of stress for a long time. From meeting with Josefine, I learned that my robust personality had enabled me to live with chronic stress. While I felt that I had to handle everything, I often forgot myself. I knew it was time for things to change.
Josefine opened my eyes to some of the patterns in my life that needed revising. My stress symptoms were serious and had been neglected for too long. For me, I needed to learn slow down and discover how to connect with my mind and body.
Josefine designed the coaching so that it suited my situation. With many years of professional experience as a leader, specialist and entrepreneur, Josefine was able to focus on the complexity of my work and privacy, while giving specific advice as a company manager in an organisation.
Very quickly, Josefine found the cure. She also helped me stick to the process, so I did not revert back to the old patterns once the stress had decreased. To get insight, you need to have a view. The latter requires retention, so you get the whole picture.
I highly recommend Josefine. She is professional, sharp and because she knows what it takes, she knows how to be hard in the gentle way.”
L. Storm. Leader in the pharmaceutical industry.
Stress counseling as an investment
The greatest price of stress is not even the cost of having stress-impaired people. Rather, the mistakes, the lost concentration and the poor decisions made by stressed employees is what becomes the costliest. Stress attacks the cognitive brain centre and is especially harmful to knowledge workers and executives.
As the number of employees who are living and working with stress continues to rise, so do the heavy consequences for an organisation. When an employee is stressed, there are costs to human and financial resources. A sick leave usually lasts between 3 and 6 months and even then, it takes time for the affected employee to return to their prior performance if they even can.
However, it doesn’t have to go this far.
Executives bear the great responsibility of detecting alarm signals from employees. The same applies to senior management in relation to day-to-day executives. Many will wait a long time before accepting the symptoms of stress such as nervousness, irritation and cryability. Stress management often starts after the physical or mental collapse, anxiety attack or depression. The sooner it gets resolved, the less severe of a situation it will become for the individual employee, manager or your business.