The impact that stress can have on leaders, entrepreneurs, and their teams can be so great that it can let all the air out of the balloon. A recent survey showed that 40% of all workers say that their job is very stressful, 26% say they are very burned out. A quarter of people see their job as the number one stressor in their lives. Has life gotten more stressful? What can this mean for you in all the critical roles of your life?
Bob and Alex talk about the proposition that being late shouldn't be seen as a fault, but rather as a sign of innate optimism.
Having covered the problems with stress in the office, Bob and Alex talk abut the toxic behavior that some people bring to the workplace. Alex suggests that we need strategies to not let them effect your motivation and to go to work happy.
Bob and Alex hit the road to recovery after talking in episode 20 about how debilitating stress can be. Managing stress is a key skill in the leadership portfolio. Bob makes the case that a little stress is needed and very productive in the workplace. A goal or a deadline does start your drive and your creativity to working to meet your goal. If it gets too high, you get tired, and if it gets really high to just totally burn out.
Bob and Alex finish up the First Fifty by focusing on the important of mood. They recall the dumps they put themselves in when talking about stress and realize that the start of the day has a lot to do with the mood you take forward.
Bob talks about Quora and his venture through what he calls “Facebook for the intelligentsia”. The discussion centers around things he saw there included a discussion around the best things you can do on the first ninety days on the job. First impressions are important, but there are strategies you can take before you ever get to day one.
Bob and Alex review a list of the ten worst leadership lies. It is important to be aware of them and sensitive to them showing up in interactions on your team.
Leadership is in part all about being productive with a high level of efficiency. Doing the important things early in the day is generally a key. This is a big part of getting off to a good start. “Eating the frog first” is the addressing of the most urgent or the most difficult item you have to face.
Effective leadership can be undermined by the presence of toxic people within their organization and on their team. Leaders have to be able to recognize these folks and keep them away. Bob and Alex talk about what these people look like.
Bob and Alex discuss an article from Travis Bradberry on office policies that can kill the momentum of a team if not the organization.