As a leader, you might believe you should be calm and in control at all times. But the truth is, as well as being enjoyable, work can sometimes be stressful. Working with a team made up of very different personality types brings variety, but with that sometimes stress. Once you understand what it is that could make your blood pressure rise, you can learn what to do about it. Taking control and making positive steps is always a great start.
That’s where the Insights Discovery profiling four colour energy model is invaluable. By discovering whether we are Sunshine Yellow, Earth Green, Cool Blue or Fiery Red helps us to understand why we behave the way we do and our strengths and weaknesses. This allows us to communicate more effectively, strengthen team relationships and mitigate the risk of stress.
The colour of your stress relief
Here are the four colour energies, along with their individual stress triggers and actions that can be taken to minimise stress.
As a Sunshine Yellow, you are enthusiastic, impulsive and active. You get stressed out when your ideas aren’t listened to; when there’s a lack of flexibility in your workload; and when the working culture is too serious with no room for fun. So as a leader, what can you do about it?
Earth Greens are accommodating, reflective and reliable. The things that stress you out are enforced tight deadlines; sudden changes to priorities; and too many interruptions. As a leader, what action can you take?
If you are Cool Blue, you are logical, concise and structured. You get stressed out by a lack of obvious structure in a team member’s work; poor quality work; and irrelevant chatter. Here are a few ideas for mitigating those risks:
As a Fiery Red, you are assertive, determined and realistic. The things that stress you out are decisions taken by committee; lack of immediacy; and feeling out of control. Here are some ideas for action you can take as a leader:
So what are you waiting for? Give these actions a try, and see if they work for you. Your team (not to mention your blood pressure) will thank you for it!
There’s no better time than the New Year to focus on goal-setting – to look at what you’ve achieved over the past year, and think about your direction for the next twelve months. Goal-setting provides focus, boosts motivation and increases your self confidence. If you want to stay happy and motivated, it’s important to do this for both your personal life and your career.
Insights Discovery has produced a useful goal-setting template. It prompts you to think ‘This year I’ll…’ about the following:
This template works well for your personal life and your working life and is far more effective than making New Year’s resolutions. It steers you towards setting realistic, achievable targets, so there’s every chance you’ll be able to accomplish everything you intend to. Print it out here, fill it in, and keep it somewhere visible as a constant reminder throughout the year.
Get into the habit of regularly reviewing your goals, and check that you’re still on the right track. You might find that you do so well that you have to do another goal-setting exercise after six months! But if it takes longer than a year, so be it. The main thing is that you’re continuously making progress and moving forwards.
In terms of the new year at work, perhaps it’s time to get out there and raise your profile? Whether a small or a large opportunity, there’s always a way to raise your profile at work and be noticed for all the right reasons. Could you, for example, volunteer to:
If the thought of any/all of the above fill you with dread, it’s time to get in touch. Our Public Speaking Monkeys approach uses proven NLP techniques to work on mind-set before skill set. Once your monkeys are tamed and you are free of fear, your confidence will soar. Then we can start working on advanced presentation skills techniques, and you’ll develop into a strong presenter.
Perhaps you are someone who isn’t scared of public speaking, but are you really the best you can be? And are you really pushing yourself forward at every opportunity? If the answer is no, our Advanced Presentation Skills Mastery Programme could be for you. It has been designed for people who are already confident and competent presenters, but really want to master the art. And that reminds me…my new book on ‘Career-limiting presentations’ will be out this spring.
Go on, I challenge you to make that one of your goals for 2018 – to be a calm, confident speaker.