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How to Relieve Stress

Monday, August 10th, 2009
Today I thought I’d share some tips with you to help you celebrate Lifeline’s Stress Down Day. If you find them helpful you might like to make a donation to Lifeline at http://www.stressdown.org.au/ and forward this on to anyone else who may find it helpful.
Stress can have a number of adverse affects on your health, both short-term and long-term.
If you’re experiencing some of the following symptoms, it could indicate that you could benefit from some advice on how to relieve stress before your health suffers any worse than it already has.  Feelings of anger, fear or helplessness are common indicators of stress, as is insomnia.  Stress can cause headaches and pain in the jaw, neck and back.  Habitual smoking, drinking, overeating and drug abuse may also be caused by stress.
Stress is how your body responds to change.  And situations that cause stress in one person may not cause stress in another.  It’s a very individual experience.
One person may become tense when driving over high bridges, while another may enjoy the view.  The thought of skydiving terrifies some people, but others find it thrilling.
It’s nearly impossible to classify any particular situation as stressful, because what causes stress in one person could be a source of enjoyment for the next.  The key is to identify and manage what is stressful for you personally, because letting stress go unmanaged can have life-threatening health consequences.
Things you feel that you have no control over can be upsetting.  But remember it’s not the situation, but how you deal with it that’s important.  You can’t control everything that happens to you, but you can choose how you handle stressful situations.
For practical tools and useful ideas on how to handle stress effectively have a look at my Stress-Free Course at http://stressfreecourse.com/ – my gift to you today at no cost!
Meanwhile, here are some quick tips for relieving your stress:
* Focus on your breathing and breathe slow, deep and deliberately.  Picture a peaceful scene in your mind.
* Exercise regularly.  Exercising releases tension from your body.  Find something you enjoy that gets the major muscle groups going.  Jogging, walking, swimming or bicycling are all excellent choices.
* Count to ten slowly and deliberately.  This helps you to pause and relax before reacting to a stressful situation.
* Do some stretching exercises several times during the day.  Stretching relaxes the muscles and reduces tension.
* Have a friend massage the back of your neck, shoulders and upper back.  These muscles get especially tense when you are stressed.
* Take hot showers and baths.
* Listen to relaxing music.
* Talk to your family and friends about what is causing you stress.
Seek help when you need it.  If you have recurring headaches and neck or upper back pain, and are having problems sleeping, you should see your doctor.
Stress is a normal part of working life, so it is important to learn how to manage it.
Learning how to relieve stress, and putting these methods to use are critical your overall health and happiness.  Try to learn to accept what you can’t change.  Not everything is going to happen the way you want it to – and not everything will turn out to be as bad as we sometimes imagine it might be.  Train yourself to look for the good in what appears to be a bad situation, talk to others about your troubles, and try to mentally remove yourself from the situation then evaluate it from the outside looking in.
For some really practical information on how to manage stress you might like to join my Stress-Free Course at http://stressfreecourse.com/ – my gift to you today absolutely free!
Kind regards
Kerrie
PS  Watch out soon for some big things happening in the Leadership Coaching Club  http://leadershipcoachingclub.com

I recently shared some tips on how to relieve stress with subscribers of my Leading Well newsletter in honour of Lifeline’s Stress Down Day. (If you find them helpful you might like to make a donation to Lifeline at http://www.stressdown.org.au/ and forward this on to anyone else who may find it helpful.)

Stress can have a number of adverse affects on your health, both short-term and long-term.

If you’re experiencing some of the following symptoms, it could indicate that you could benefit from some advice on how to relieve stress before your health suffers any worse than it already has.  Feelings of anger, fear or helplessness are common indicators of stress, as is insomnia.  Stress can cause headaches and pain in the jaw, neck and back.  Habitual smoking, drinking, overeating and drug abuse may also be caused by stress.

Stress is how your body responds to change.  And situations that cause stress in one person may not cause stress in another.  It’s a very individual experience.

One person may become tense when driving over high bridges, while another may enjoy the view.  The thought of skydiving terrifies some people, but others find it thrilling.

It’s nearly impossible to classify any particular situation as stressful, because what causes stress in one person could be a source of enjoyment for the next.  The key is to identify and manage what is stressful for you personally, because letting stress go unmanaged can have life-threatening health consequences.

Things you feel that you have no control over can be upsetting.  But remember it’s not the situation, but how you deal with it that’s important.  You can’t control everything that happens to you, but you can choose how you handle stressful situations.

For practical tools and useful ideas on how to handle stress effectively have a look at my Stress-Free Course at http://stressfreecourse.com/ – my gift to you today at no cost!

Meanwhile, here are some quick tips for relieving your stress:

* Focus on your breathing and breathe slow, deep and deliberately.  Picture a peaceful scene in your mind.

* Exercise regularly.  Exercising releases tension from your body.  Find something you enjoy that gets the major muscle groups going.  Jogging, walking, swimming or bicycling are all excellent choices.

* Count to ten slowly and deliberately.  This helps you to pause and relax before reacting to a stressful situation.

* Do some stretching exercises several times during the day.  Stretching relaxes the muscles and reduces tension.

* Have a friend massage the back of your neck, shoulders and upper back.  These muscles get especially tense when you are stressed.

* Take hot showers and baths.

* Listen to relaxing music.

* Talk to your family and friends about what is causing you stress.

Seek help when you need it.  If you have recurring headaches and neck or upper back pain, and are having problems sleeping, you should see your doctor.

Stress is a normal part of working life, so it is important to learn how to manage it.

Learning how to relieve stress, and putting these methods to use are critical your overall health and happiness.  Try to learn to accept what you can’t change.  Not everything is going to happen the way you want it to – and not everything will turn out to be as bad as we sometimes imagine it might be.  Train yourself to look for the good in what appears to be a bad situation, talk to others about your troubles, and try to mentally remove yourself from the situation then evaluate it from the outside looking in.

For some really practical information on how to manage stress you might like to join my Stress-Free Course at http://stressfreecourse.com/ – my gift to you today absolutely free!

Do you have a favourite tips for relieving stress to share with other readers?  Please share it by posting a comment below.

How to get maximum results with minimum effort

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Maximum Results with Minimum Effort

I guess that’s everyone’s dream. As a leader or manager your responsibility and role is to deliver set outcomes through the efforts of others – those people on your team. 

Your role is not to do the tasks, but to make sure they get done.

And that all sounds fine … until you are faced with an employee whose performance is not up to scratch.

Now you are confronted with the challenge of bringing their performance up to the required standard. And I’ve never met a leader who doesn’t experience at least a little sinking feeling at the
prospect of working through all the difficult issues that can be associated with changing the attitudes and skills of an employee who needs to do better.

If even one member of your team isn’t performing well, your whole team will suffer.

Not only will your team’s results be effected, other team members who are doing their best will become disheartened by the impact of any inadequate contributions and the whole team culture and morale will suffer.

Poor performance by any team member presents a situation you just can’t afford to ignore. It demands your urgent attention – and you had better get whatever you decide to do right, or the problems can just escalate.

So what should you do?

Faced with a poorly performing employee your options are basically to move them on or help them get better.

As the first option is an option of last resort (and one that is not always available anyway) I will focus on how you can help a poorly performing employee get better. When you do this properly, you in effect gain a whole new team member for minimum effort so this is a very powerful option.

You have three primary options available for helping a poorly performing employee reach your required standard of performance:

1. Coaching
2. Training
3. Performance Management

All are valid, but each is best used in somewhat different circumstances.

* Performance Management (or Disciplinary Counselling)

This should be reserved for repeated instances of poor performance and matters of a very serious nature.

If Performance Management fails to produce satisfactory and sustained improvements in performance, the employee needs to understand they will no longer have a role to play in your team.

When you initiate a formal Performance Management process, you should ensure you have the authority and support required to enforce this, should it be required. A discussion with your supervisor and with your Human Resources department will help protect you, should you need to remove someone if their performance doesn’t improve.

* Training is an often overlooked means of improving performance.

Many people who learn skills and tasks on the job could do things better with even a day or two of formal training.

This is even more so with ’soft’ skills like leadership, communication and management. So watch out for courses and opportunities to expand the skills of all the people on your team.

Two disadvantages with training are that it is often necessary to wait for an appropriate course to become available and courses can be expensive.

* Coaching, on the other hand, is one of your most valuable  leadership tools.

You can use it every day, with good people who could be even better - AND with poor performers who need to improve their skills or attitude. Done well, it needn’t take very long, and it can show huge returns on the little time you invest.

Coaching doesn’t need any formal approval or additional funding and, by it’s very nature, when it is done well it builds team moral and makes employees feel valued and supported.

Of all your three options for performance improvement, coaching has huge potential to deliver maximum results for you with minimum effort. But it has to be done properly.

Once you have developed your own coaching skills you will have a powerful tool in your leadership toolkit. A tool you can apply not only to improve performance in poorly performing employees, but also to boost the performance of your best employees to exceptional results. All with minimum effort for maximum results – and who wouldn’t want that?

For more great ideas on how to improve employee performance through coaching visit: http://kmgsupport.com/PerformanceCoaching

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QUOTE OF NOTE

“Leadership, many have said, is different from management. Management is mostly about ‘to do’ lists – can’t live without them! Leadership is about tapping the wellsprings of human motivation – and about fundamental relations with one’s fellows.”

Tom Peters (American academic)

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How to Improve Employee Performance through Coaching:

Coaching is such a powerful leadership tool for improving employee performance – when it is done well – that I have written a new ‘Just the Gist’ Short Report on exactly how to do it to ensure you get effective results every time.

You will find all the details at:
http://kmgsupport.com/PerformanceCoaching

*** Remember if you are already a member of the Leadership Coaching Club you will get a copy of this, plus a huge range of information, leadership courses, audio programs, ebooks and other resources when you login. (If you aren’t a member yet, you’ll find all the details at: http://leadershipcoachingclub.com/ )

On the other hand if what you want to do is discover how to improve employee performance and boost team morale through effective coaching check out our new Short Report at:

http://kmgsupport.com/PerformanceCoaching

Kind regards

Kerrie

PS. We have a whole lot of things lined up to share with you this year. We hope you will be as excited about them as we are. Watch out for more details soon…

But for now check out How to Improve Employee Performance through Coaching and let us know what you think. That link again:
http://kmgsupport.com/PerformanceCoaching

Something you won’t want to miss

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Well January is almost gone, so it’s almost too late to say Happy New Year but I still hope 2009 will be a good year for you.

Here at KMG Consulting and the Leadership Skill Center we’ve been working hard on a whole range of resources and special projects to help you be a better leader and manager – and generally enjoy life a little more! We’re really excited by everything that’s coming this year and think you will be too…

The first one is all done and ready for release. Watch your email early next week for a special announcement with more details.

You won’t want to miss it.

For today I want to wish all my fellow Aussies a Happy Australia Day on January 26th…

The weather is hot and so is the special gift I’ve got lined up for you to celebrate.

This is something else you won’t want to miss. Check it out at
http://hottestideas.com/bookclub/

Your membership is at no cost, with our compliments. That’s right.
It’s F R E E !

Don’t delay. Grab your goodies now at: http://hottestideas.com/bookclub/ so you can relax and have a little fun in your life.

That’s all for today, but remember to watch for that great new product I’m releasing very soon…

Kind regards

Kerrie

PS. That gift again is at http://hottestideas.com/bookclub/

Christmas greetings

Monday, December 1st, 2008

And I’ve left a whole bundle of gifts for you “under the tree” down at the bottom of the page here:

http://bonusbundle.com/xmas/

Do you work with younger staff?

Monday, September 8th, 2008

One of the most requested items from a recent survey I ran was for more information on how to motivate and manage Generation X and Y workers. So if that is one of your concerns as a leader and manager, you’ll be pleased to know we will be publishing something on that very soon.

As always, our aim is to produce practical and to-the-point quick action guides, rather than comprehensive tomes that no one has time to read. But I still want to ensure we cover everything YOU want.

So please do me a quick favor and take two minutes now to to tell me exactly what you want to know and I’ll make sure we include it.

All you need to do is reply to this email and let me know things like:
* what challenges you have working with Generation X and Y workers, and
* what you would like included…

If you would also like to share what you find works best or why you need to know about this topic that would be fine too.

Your reply doesn’t need to be long. Just a quick comment will help and then I can be sure you get the most helpful and useful guide we can produce.

Please take a moment now and tell me exactly what you want to know about managing and motivating Generation X and Y workers.

Thanks in advance.

Kind regards

Kerrie

PS. Members of the Leadership Coaching Club have recently been discovering things like:
• The Five Fundamental Ways to Please Your Boss
• What Everybody Ought to Know About How to Be Stress Free
• Management Leadership – How to Turn Problems to Profits
• The 4 Hour Work Week
• Achieving Great Results … and more
If you’re not a member yet you can join now at: http://leadershipcoachingclub.com

Beating Stress at Work

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Thank you for your kind comments about our Stress Free Course at http://StressFreeCourse.com – If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s still available – at no cost to you as a subscriber of Leading Well.

Once you do sign up, remember you must “Confirm your request for information” to receive the course. (This helps to protect you from someone else using your email address.) All you have to do is click the link in the confirmation message that I sent to you – Don’t skip this step or you will miss out on your information.

In this issue of Leading Well I’ll share one of the best techniques to instantly relieve stress at work. For more great ideas on how to overcome the stress of leading and managing people head on over to http://StressFreeCourse.com and claim your free course.

Kind regards, Kerrie

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Beating Stress at Work

Nobody enjoys it when stress gets out of hand at work. In fact unreasonable stress can be one of the main reasons why good staff move on to other jobs. If it’s you that’s under pressure from stress in your workplace you need to know how to relieve stress effectively before you snap – or snap someone’s head off!

After practicing this, you should be able to not only avoid making a stressful work environment worse, but also handle the stressful situations that do arise more effectively.

Your best “instant” technique for relieving stress as soon as it strikes you while you are at work is conscious slow breathing. It can be done without leaving your office or desk, it is easy to learn and it can have almost immediate effects.

All you need to do is to breathe deeply and slowly, so that you are totally focused on your breath and nothing else. Focus on how you breathe in and out, slowly and deliberately. When you do it well, your concerns and tension will disappear after just a few breaths and you will be calmer and more able to deal with the challenges you are facing.

This breathing exercise can also be helpful at other times too, but you will find it instantly eases your tension if the situation is stressful. And you really can practice it easily while you are at work.

More on how to be stress free below:

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QUOTE OF NOTE

“Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important.”

Natalie Goldberg

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The Leading Well Bottom Line

Stress is a central part of the life of every manager and leader and how well you manage stress has a huge impact on your own life, your family’s happiness and the success of your team.

When you can manage stress effectively, not only will you enjoy your life and your role more, you will be able to ‘take charge’ and lead people through situations that others find distressing or even confronting.

Our latest publication from the Leadership Skill Center is ‘Managing Stress – How to Break Free from a Stressful Life‘. In this 50-plus page ebook you will learn:
* What is stress and how it can manifest itself in your life
* How to identify all the stressors in your life
* The right – and wrong – ways to react to stress and control it’s impact
* How to break free from a stressful life.

For more details visit: http://leadershipskillcenter.com/products/

And don’t forget to claim your Be Stress Free Course today at http://StressFreeCourse.com

New Online Courses – Free

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Recently some people have had difficulty logging in to their Leadership Skill Center members account because of some problems with the system managing the Online Courses delivery.

To overcome these problems we have completely rebuilt the members area and I hope you will find it works much more smoothly than the previous one.

You will find the new Online Courses area at http://leadershipskillcenter.com/lessons

A number of different courses and other resources are already available there, all of which are free. We will be adding more courses soon.

To access these courses all you need to do is create a new (free) login account and you will be emailed your access details immediately.

Please create your new account as soon as possible, as the old courses area will shortly be removed. Your free courses, eBooks and resources will be available to you as soon as you login.

Looking forward to seeing you in the new Online Courses area soon.

Powerful Ways to Sharpen Your Memory

Friday, August 3rd, 2007

Well, here it is! One of the top three products requested by the hundreds of people who did my recent quick survey:

“Powerful Ways to Sharpen Your Memory – A Guide for Leaders and Managers”

I have to say this is an area that I personally struggle with, so I was quite pleased that your survey encouraged me to investigate this important leadership skill. And I’m sure you’ll be delighted with the results.

If you are at all like me, life just seems to get busier and busier. There are so many things to be done and even more that need to be remembered.

It’s so easy to forget the little things you meant to do, the name of that new customer you met last week, all those appointments and phone numbers, who agreed to do what after last month’s meeting and all the other things that help us to manage effortlessly.

No matter how good a leader or manager you are, when you forget the face of that client you’ve been calling for weeks or the place you were meant to be meeting your key supplier, it’s not just embarrassing, it could be career limiting!

Yet some people seem to be able to remember such things easily.

Was there a secret? I decided to find out. Because if there was, I wanted to know it!

Well the answer is Yes!

You can improve your memory and it isn’t that hard.

Imagine if you could easily remember all those key details that currently slip your mind. What if you were known for never forgetting a face? or a birthday? or a place?

There are even a few simple tools and techniques that you can learn in minutes and start applying immediately that will improve your memory.

Click this link for all the details of “Powerful Ways to Sharpen Your Memory”:
http://freememorycourse.com/sharpen

To thank you and everyone who took the time to reply to my quick survey I have a special reduced price available, but only for a limited time. The price will be increasing sometime in the next couple of days. If you get in early you will not only get the lowest price, but you will be able to collect some special extra bonuses.

Whether you want to buy or not, please have a look at the details of this ebook – you may even know someone else who would be interested in it – but for everyone who looks at this page now
http://freememorycourse.com/sharpen
I have also left you a free gift: The Memory Boost MiniCourse.

FREE Memory Boost MiniCourse
In it you will learn:
* how to remember lists
* an interesting way to remember people’s faces
* how to overcome forgetfulness
* the impact of overlearning
* how your memory works, and more…

It’s yours FREE just for having a look at “Powerful Ways to Sharpen Your Memory”. I hope you enjoy it.

Kind regards, Kerrie

PS. Don’t forget that link again:
http://freememorycourse.com/sharpen

Free teleseminar invitation

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

You are invited to a free live teleseminar with Kerrie Mullins-Gunst and Brad Tonini on ‘How to Make it Happen Now!

You won’t want to miss this if you want to:

* set and get goals that enable you, and your team, to achieve more in your business and personal life
* work from goals that are both easy to get and worth getting
* get what you deserve out of life
* think bigger about what’s possible
* ensure all your team are working from the same game plan
* become a better decision-maker
* avoid procrastination and bring some of those things that are haunting you to a successful conclusion
* help others on your team to be more decisive and achieve your desired bottom line results.

Here is a free opportunity for you as a subscriber to Leading Well, to develop your leadership skills. You can discover How to Make it Happen Now! by investing just an hour of your time in this special teleseminar.

Here are the details:

TOPIC: How to Make it Happen Now!

Presented by Leadership expert, Kerrie Mullins-Gunst, with Business Performance Strategist, Brad Tonini

DETAILS: You can attend this teleseminar without even leaving the comfort of your chair. Teleseminars are the fastest, easiest and most convenient way to develop all the skills you need to mentor, manage and lead!

All you have to do is call in to the teleseminar by telephone from wherever you are located. Join us, as our guest at this teleseminar, and you will discover:

* how to get your focus right and work on your most important priorities with just “one hard thing” each day
* when and why you need to stop procrastinating and take the “fork in the road”
* the secret to how just a tiny percentage of your efforts can yield huge results
* how to surprise yourself with bigger and better results by harnessing the magic of thinking big
* how you can take control, pre-empt the future and get in front of the game with one simple adjustment to how you approach things
* the single most important thing managers and leaders need to do regularly in order to make the quantum leap to better results and avoid the trap of only getting what you’ve always got in the past
* the key to translating your organization’s vision and direction for your team so together you can make it happen!

DATE AND TIME: In Australia/Victoria: Wednesday February 14, 2007 at 10:00 am

DATE AND TIME: In USA/Los Angeles: Tuesday February 13, 2007 at 03:00 pm

You can use the TimeZone Converter to confirm your exact time and date at your location.

Mark this date in your diary now!

DURATION: The teleseminar will last for between 60 and 75 minutes.

COST: Complimentary for our Leading Well subscribers ($37 value). Be our guest! Register now and discover: How to Make it Happen Now!

Register immediately to secure your place and receive your login instructions. You will also receive Leading Well with a bonus Top Leadership Tips Workbook from Kerrie, plus Brad Tonini’s newsletter, if you don’t already subscribe.

I hope you can join us for a great teleseminar. I know you’ll be sorry if you don’t.

Kind regards, Kerrie

PS. If you are at all interested in knowing How to Make it Happen Now! then book your spot NOW. You can use a cheap Phonecard to dial in to the teleseminar.

PPS. Recordings of all our previous teleseminars are now available.

Feedback audioseminar now available

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

Constructive feedback seminarThe mp3 recording for

“How to Give Feedback Constructively – even when someone’s done something wrong”

is now available.

Giving effective feedback can enable you to:

  • work more effectively with all your staff
  • handle difficult employees and reduce conflict sensitively
  • build employee confidence
  • turn your staff into a team
  • be confident staff problems wonít keep you awake at nights.

This is a live recording with Leadership expert, Kerrie Mullins-Gunst and the author of
“2 Way Feedback” Jennifer McCoy

In this 60 minute downloadable mp3 you will learn:

  • Why you really must invest your time in giving feedback
  • The magic formula for making your feedback constructive
  • The secret to confronting difficult situations before they explode
  • How to be assertive and avoid getting into excuses when you are giving feedback
  • How you can use feedback to modify behavior
  • When you can give feedback to your whole team and when it should be given just to individuals
  • The three critical feedback mistakes you absolutely must avoid or your feedback will do more harm than good.

Buy your copy here.

Leading through Meaning

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

If you have ever heard me speak about the Magic of Leadership you will know that I believe one of the ways leaders inspire others to follow them is by creating new meaning.

In his free eBook* on The Art of the Start, Guy Kawasaki describes what he calls the GIST (Great Ideas for Starting Things) of what an entrepreneur (or leader) needs to do when starting a new venture.

His first Great Idea for Starting Things is to Make Meaning and he offers some interesting insight into what that might mean.

“Meaning”, he says “is not about money, power or prestige. It’s not even about creating a fun place to work. Among the meanings of ‘meaning’ are to:

  • Make the world a better place.
  • Increase the quallity of life.
  • Right a terrible wrong.
  • Prevent the end of something good.”

Great advice for leaders who ever need to gather support, or who just want to be sure it’s the GOOD people who want to work with them.

* You can download your free copy of his eBook The Art of the Start in the Leadership Skill Center Members Area. Login here if you are already a member. Create a new account if you are not yet a Member (It’s free!)

New leadership articles available

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Visit the Free articles area of the Leadership Skill Center to see new articles for leaders that have been added recently.

Join the Leaders

Friday, July 7th, 2006

Did you know there are many free courses and resources available for members in the Leadership Skill Center Member’s area?

Click here for your complimentary membership invitation.

Mentoring – free eCourse

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

A free eCourse on the Secrets of Mentoring has been added to the Leadership Skill Center.

If you are interested in mentoring you are welcome to enrol.

Let us know what you think of it.

You can add audio to your website for free

Friday, May 5th, 2006

This is a special offer that’s too good to pass up if you have your own website.
At the moment a slightly cut down version of the software that I use to put audio files on my website, Sonic Memo Lite, is being given away free. The catch? You have to agree to join a mailing list (but you can always unsubscribe) and you will be offered a one-time opportunity to upgrade to the Pro version (which is what I use – but you don’t have to accept the offer).

My suggestion is, if you do your own website, grab it while you can. You may even decide to buy the full version, which is what I use. Unlike other web audio systems that you have to pay for every month, this is good value at full price as it’s a pay once and use for ever deal anyway. If you want it for free click here.