When being too intense, too driven, too outcomes focused is not good for your health .

This week I participated in an extraordinary workshop for 200 CEOs of “for purpose” organisations across the country

Our first session was with Dr Jemma King ( if you every get a chance to be part of a workshop with Dr King – grab it with both hands )

She shared with us a recent survey on close to 100 CEO’s who self assessed their level of stress

As you can see from the graphic 85% of CEO’s previously survey were in the amber zone for an average of 12 months and if I remember correctly Dr King said one should not be in the amber zone for more than 6 to 8 weeks. She said if the CEOs were feeling like this, its highly likely their team were too

We were then put in break out rooms and given the hypothetical if we were these CEOs how would we ensure self care for ourselves and pastoral care for our team members.

The mood in the breakout room was quite gloomy as we reflected on the impact of 2 years of pandemic, never ending adverse climatic events and now war.

So I suggested we use a positivity hack I learnt from the wonderful Cynthia Mahoney

I suggested we all share something that bought us joy this week

They suggested I go first and comparing their answers to mine was a HUGE wakeup call for me.

Mine was work related, the rest of the breakout room was a mix of nature, family and pets

One can be too intense, too driven, too outcomes focused. I want to thank my break out room team mates for giving me more clarity

Now  what tiny habits do I need to start before it becomes the norm for me to identify nature, family or pet moments that bring me joy and I ultimately enter the creative calm zone?


Author: Lynne Strong

I am a 6th generation farmer who loves surrounding myself with optimistic, courageous people who believe in inclusion, diversity and equality and embrace the power of collaboration. I am the founder of Picture You in Agriculture. Our team design and deliver programs that inspire pride in Australian agriculture and support young people to thrive in business and life

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