Whether you love or loathe your job, there are times that you will be under more pressure than others. During those times, you need to be equipped with a skill set that will allow you to maintain your cool and persevere through the pressure. The following three strategies have been proven to be useful in maintaining your cool under the most stressful situations.
Eliminate Stressful Thoughts
The first step to maintaining your cool under tough situation is to eliminate stressful thoughts as much as possible. Why? Eliminating stressful thoughts is critical because they can build up over time, resulting in a meltdown or panic attack. Thoughts are known to become repetitive, so it is crucial to create a plan to combat them. Try asking yourself what the worst is that can happen. More often than not, the worst case scenario is not as bad as you’re making it in out to be in your head.
Focus on One Thing at a Time
When facing pressure, as hard is it may be, you need to slow down and focus on one action at a time. When you slow down and get present, you are able to fully engage in each task, which often translates into not only higher performance but less anxiety. By burying yourself with several unfinished, imperfect tasks, you are only adding stress to yourself. While focusing on one task, it is also important not to get distracted by things such as your email or social media. University of California information scientist Gloria Mark found that it takes an average of 26 minutes to recover from trivial interruptions. Twenty six minutes is a lot of time to waste! So stay focused on one thing at a time and minimize distractions. This will aid you in maintaining your cool and performing under pressure.
Focus on Solutions instead of Problems
When the pressure is building, it will behoove you to focus on the solution instead of the problem. If you keep your eye on the end goal, the smaller hurdles along the way will feel less stressful. When you are confident that you can achieve the end goals no matter what, calm will naturally settle in.
We all face pressure and stress in the workplace. If you are able to maintain your cool and work through those times with grace, you will gain confidence in yourself and your bosses will as well.
Perhaps you have earned a position in leadership within your company, but you want to improve your leadership skills. What are some practical tips for making this happen?
Earn their Respect
One of the best ways to improve your leadership abilities is to earn the respect of those you are leading. Get down in the trenches with them and do the same work they are doing. If you work together with your team members and understand what they do every day, they will respect you for it. And that respect will go a long way for fueling company growth. Gaining the respect of your team will not happen overnight, but it will happen if you commit to it.
Learn From Your Team
As a leader, you do just as much learning as you do teaching, if not more.Try implementing knowledge-sharing sessions weekly. More informally, be sure to promote a culture of learning and collaboration. Learning from your team members not only helps you grow, it also aids in making strategic decisions for that team. Perhaps a team member is an expert on a particular matter that you’ve been wanting to learn more about. This provides the perfect opportunity for connection and gaining knowledge! Always remember that you do not know all there is to know and you can always learn more!
Share the Lessons you Learn
On the flip side of learning from those you lead, you need to impart some of the knowledge you’ve gained along the way to them as well. As a leader, you have done things right along the way, so pass these lessons on to your team! That way, they can hopefully avoid making the same mistakes you did. Nobody leads, or learns, in a vacuum!
Make Better Decisions
Once you implement these strategies, you will begin to make better decisions as a leader of your team. You will be more equipped to identify gaps, make sure people are in the correct roles and adjust certain systems and processes when necessary.
Honing your leadership skills is a process, but if you follow the above tips, you will be on the path to leadership success!
More and more workers are moving from the office to their home offices to work. With the ability and the technology to work from almost anywhere on the globe, remote working teams are a reality of many managers. What are the best ways to ensure that your team is being productive while working remotely?
Keep in Constant Communication
One of the most important aspects of a successful remote team is above average communication. Each and every member of the team must be willing to answer calls, respond to texts, emails and direct messages throughout the day, even when they may consider themselves off the clock. If a team member is going to be unavailable for whatever reason, they should send a message to the other team member alerting them to this fact.
Employ People You Trust
Remote work relies heavily on trust. There must be trust between the employee and employer that not only will the necessary work get done, it will be top quality and done on time. It’s crucial that each team member meets their planned deadlines, and does so with quality work that needs few, if any, touch ups. If you find yourself feeling nervous about a team member’s inability to get work done while working remotely, this is a huge red flag.
Schedule Regular Check Ins
When managing a remote team, it is imperative that regular check ins are scheduled. These can come in the form of a conference call set for a specific day of the week, or more informally. Be sure to schedule individual check ins as well as whole team meetings. Conference calls create a layer of accountability, because nobody wants to appear unprepared in front of the entire team.
Measure the Right Thing
When managing a remote team, measuring productivity is a little more complicated than simply taking attendance. Clocking in and out on time is most likely not the best indicator of productivity in this situation. You want to measure production instead. There are plenty of employee monitoring software options that capture data about online activity and assist in productivity analysis.
By maintaining communication, employing people you trust and scheduling regular check ins, as a manager, you can have a better grasp on the productivity level of your remote team.
About Alexander Gladney
Alexander Gladney is Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Capital Health, a leader in progressive, quality healthcare services. Specializing in corporate, real estate, contract, and voting rights law, Alexander is licensed to practice law in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Alexander has a broad legal background with a unique combination of contractual, information technology, transactional, and litigation legal experience.
In September 2008, Alexander Gladney joined the Capital Health team in the office of General Counsel. In recognition of his outstanding work, he was quickly promoted to associate general counsel, during which time he drafted protocols, policies, and contracts. Alexander was tasked with handling complex real estate transaction and high-profile complex litigation cases. Furthermore, Alexander Gladney served as an advisor to management, human resources, and physicians on all legal issues, including public & private contracts, state and federal compliance, conflicts-of-interest, and financial disclosure concerns.
Several years later, Alexander Gladney assumed his current role as Chief Legal Officer and Vice President of Risk Management. Overseeing several departments, he plays an integral role in both the restructuring and realigning of strategic planning, operations, marketing, finance, and regulatory affairs.
Prior to his employment with Capital Health, Alexander Gladney served as a litigation and policy attorney for the New Jersey Department of Public Advocate in Trenton, New Jersey. During this time, he negotiated an MOU with the NJ Attorney General and Motor Vehicle Commission for NVRA compliance, litigated on eminent domain cases, removing the designation of “economic blight” in New Jersey, and drafted briefs and litigation materials for voting rights, homeland security, and healthcare cases.
A graduate of Georgetown University, Alexander Gladney holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Fine Arts. Following his undergraduate education, Alexander attended Temple University School of Law, earning his Juris Doctorate with a focus on Corporate Law.
Capital Health is committed to providing comprehensive, quality healthcare services which improve and sustain the health status of the residents primarily in Central New Jersey and Lower Bucks County. Capital Health assures accessible, compassionate healthcare services that honor the dignity of every person. Capital Health will be a leader in defining the community’s healthcare needs, in providing appropriate solutions, and developing a comprehensive continuum of care including education, prevention, disease management and restorative programs.