Harnessing Your Tension

By Peter Jeff
The Leadership Mints Guy
Here’s an idea to help you cope with stressful situations. Reading time: 3:21

      The stock is down. Business is falling off. Morale is even lower.

      Handkerchief_Irish_Hemstitrch_NEWThe CEO opens his staff meeting with what everyone expected, announcing no bonuses will be paid this year “but I do have a gift for each of you.”

      The CEO passes out monogrammed set of handkerchiefs to each of his 8 direct reports. How embarrassing!

      The executives were angry that the CEO would stoop to putting his whole team on some sort of guilt trip while he berated their collective performance .

      “ No, no, no crying jag this morning. No wiping our bloodied noses either,” said the CEO quickly plugging what seemed like the rumbling Volcano of Vindictiveness.

      He unfolded one of his handkerchiefs and spread it out on the table. All eyes were glued to the 12-inch white square contrasted against the mahogony table in the executive conference room.

      The CEO finally intoned “I think of this handkerchief as a kind of trampoline.” Continue reading “Harnessing Your Tension”