StressMasters: thrive with resilience
…under pressure, through adversity and beyond failure
Why do stressful circumstances strain some and strengthen others?
Like a bed-ridden body loses tone and strength, people with no stress become flaccid. But when people sense that what is expected of them is greater than their resources, stress turns into strain. With training, people can strengthen their ability to thrive through change, adversity and even setbacks. Whether people are over-whelmed or simply want to grow more, Stress Masters enables people to take a step ahead.
Dr. Hans Selye, pioneer stress researcher, discovered that people under sustained stress respond in three stages: an alarm reaction, resistance, and exhaustion. The part of the brain that empowers us in emergencies, exhausts us when stress keeps its finger on the button. The parasympathetic nervous system, responsible for the body’s repair and healing is suppressed and immune system functions decrease. If the stress reaction continues, adaptation diseases develop: high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, bleeding ulcers and cancer.
The consequences of a high-stress environment and limited resilience skills are both personal and corporate.
►Poor physical and emotional health
►Diminished creativity, initiative, and follow-through
►Weakened relationships and collaboration
►Increased costs from stress leaves and long-term-disability
The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, University of California, Berkeley evaluated the effects of the US Family Medical Leave Act and discovered that “turnover costs for a manager average 150% of salary…”
In Finland researchers found that the 22,430 public-sector employees who kept their jobs after major lay-offs and downsizing were sick more often. Their death rate from cardiovascular disease doubled.
Dr. Salvatore R. Maddi studied the effects of stress on 450 employees going through a corporate breakup and found that while two-thirds of the people were negatively affected, the other third demonstrated a remarkable hardiness.
►Are emotionally committed to doing their best to handle events and to help others
►Believe they can influence outcomes for the better
►Actively work to reach specific goals
►Feel in control of their part of work assignments
►Feel energized and challenged to deal with every difficulty
►Engage with others in the work community in ways that strengthen themselves and those around them.
(Salvatore R. Maddi, University of California, Irvine)
In Stress Masters, Gregory Schroeder trains people to live resiliently; to think, feel and act in healthy, engaging and productive ways. Drawing on the best scientific research and years of personal and professional experience, Schroeder engages people in ways that don’t merely inform, but transform. Social science shows that next to personal experience, a vicarious emotional experience like a well-told story has the most power to produce lasting insight and change. (Bandura) Schroeder uses his insights and anecdotes from world-wide experience to create “ah hah” moments for individuals and audiences to produce lasting change.
Themes for the seminar Stress Masters: thrive with resilience under pressure, through adversity and over setbacks
- How Stress Effects Us
- Who’s Responsible for Resilience?
- 3 Barriers to Resilience
- Physical Factors for Resilience
- Engaging Resilience: the strengths of community
- Resilient thinking: 4 types of intelligence
- Fulfilled and Effective: Hope as seeing, setting and getting to goals
- Three Doorkeepers to a Resilient Life:
- Resilient Action: Focusing outward to solve problems
- Determined Resilience: sustaining will power and avoiding burnout
- Emergency Resilience: defusing subconscious explosive attitudes
- High Strength Resilience Skills: Living with a growing edge
- High Strength Resilience: Embracing Paradox and Serendipity
- The Transforming Potential of Stress
Gregory Schroeder influences character, clarifies vision and strengthens skills to enable thinking and behaviors that produce healthy change.