“Open your eyes!” I told them. The group of 20 healthcare employees opened their eyes and began to buzz again with conversation. “Let me see yours!” “Wow, look at that!” Gary was especially excited. With his tough exterior, he was the usually the critical curmudgeon of the group...
Let me be perfectly clear: I love playing laser tag, driving go-carts at reckless high speeds and lining up for a huge barbecue buffet with my co-workers. I can also see the value of painting pottery, cooking meals and going to a ballgame together. I am in no way opposed to giving teams a chance to have fun together.
During my teenage years, I attended a number of social functions in support of my father’s career. At these functions, he and I would play a little game. He would pick a stranger out of the crowd and my job was to engage the individual in conversation and report back three things I had learned about the person.
What is it that makes an executive powerful? Some might say it’s the sheer status of the position, or the experience it takes to achieve such a lofty place in the hierarchy. Others might argue that it’s the weight of the role, including all the responsibilities that come with the many facets of the job.
The atmosphere is different somehow. More doors are closed; shared Outlook calendars now show “private.” The senior leadership team seems a little jumpy and short-tempered. Employees are starting to talk about the difference in the air, and without voicing it, they begin to work scared.
A little adds up to a lot consistently over time. Consider how the Colorado River carved the Grand Canyon over millions of years: little by little, bit by bit. Your stress levels can work much the same way. The everyday stresses like oversleeping, getting stuck in traffic, last minute requests, disappointments, arguments..