Knowing our priorities – our real priorities – and deciding what we can do sets the tone of each day, which turns in each week, which turns into each month. Time goes by, and there are always external pressures: family obligations, work tasks that keep us on track for the next promotion, and our own personal goals. When we actively work on emotion management, create our own structures and routines, and make sure to feed our creativity stress no longer is a bad word. Deadlines don’t lurk around every corner. And we can thrive on that. Jessica Dewell hosts this Voice of Bold Business Radio program with panel Susan Finch and Howard Strauber.

Program 38 - Thrive on Stress and DeadlinesStarting the conversation…

  • How do you thrive on stress and deadlines?

Transcript for program: Thrive on Stress and Deadlines

Host: Jessica Dewell
Panel: Howard Strauber, Susan Finch

What You Will Hear:

What Stress does (or does not do) for us.

Prioritization and real priorities.

‘I just want to get the job done’ and how to get on and off [the train].

Letting go of stress, decompress, in our own way (that is respectful of ourselves and others).

Time management and plans can catch the unexpected and make it less jarring.

Ways to use structure in a day. Recognize what is draining.

The morning sets the tone for the day.

The bad connotations and reality of what stress is and means today.

Emotion management and emotional intelligence related to stress.

Accountability and responsibility are key skills to stress management. We define them.

Communication, anger, and fear … skills to learn.

Deal with setbacks. (Failure is the equivalent of giving up.)

Concept of agree to disagree.

Notable & Quotable:

Howard Strauber: Show up, perform, and execute.

Susan Finch: If it’s not going to matter in six months, so what? Do I need to do it at all?

Howard Strauber: I need a balance and I need my boundaries.

Susan Finch: I’ve learned to take a tip from babies and puppies: a routine.

Susan Finch: I plan ahead for things to go awry and that saves me almost every day.

Howard Strauber: I must ease into my day [may way] for peace-of-mind.

Susan Finch: I love structure. I schedule spontaneity.

Jessica Dewell: I live in action.

Howard Strauber: I love creating in the beginning of the day.

Jessica Dewell: Stress has turned into a bad word, and has become a word for everything.

Susan Finch: Stress is a buzzword that lost it’s buzz.

Howard Strauber: Stress is finite. You can be stressed or not stressed. It’s up to you.

Jessica Dewell: We don’t have to be born with responsibility and accountability to learn and use these skills.

Howard Strauber: I blame Barney for people not being accountable and not being responsible. Everyone is not going to love me.

Howard Strauber: Setbacks are a part of life. Being tested is important because I learn from each test.

Susan Finch: Accountable is more than admitting, it’s what we do about it too. I don’t want to clean up your mess.

Jessica Dewell: Everyone must be heard, emotions acknowledged, teach them to use communication as a skill.

Howard Strauber: Be respectfully respectful.

Howard Strauber: I give myself a chance.

Jessica Dewell: Only when we quit trying do we fail.

Susan Finch: There is something that causes the stickiness – so, change it up!

Howard Strauber: You have to have failure to have a comeback.

Susan Finch: Check your motives.


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