Learn how successful leaders help others navigate through changes to their business especially when there is staffing turnover, policy or restructuring involved.


Managing Responses to Stressful Situations—In Yourself and Your Employees can be achieved when three simple and steadfast rules are applied and few pieces of key information are committed to memory.

Even in the most self-aware professional, the stresses of our world’s increasing change cannot help but trigger a range of emotional responses that you can learn to manage in yourself and others.

All change is a form of stress. This stress is not necessarily bad. The change may ultimately bring about a very positive, even exciting, outcome. However it may not be perceived that way initially and it is stressful none-the-less.

Every individual’s response to stress is varied and shaped by many factors—many of which are seemingly out of control because they are physiologically and hormonally based. They are the body’s natural response to a perceived threat or danger. It started as a survival response when we had to escape being eaten alive.

While our current lifestyle may be much less survival driven, the reactions to change—of any minor to major level—remain hardwired into our body’s “fight, flight or freeze” responses.

As a business owner or executive team member, you lead or manage a lot of people in your work and home life, so it’s important to become aware that, when under stress, the higher brain systems in anyone can be hijacked by the body’s response to the potential for harm, the need for safety.

You can imagine your people feeling potential threats to workload, learning curve, performance, income, and so on. Nowadays that list frequently expands to availability of childcare, cost of healthcare, need for flexibility of schedules to care for sick or aging family members and so on.

Developing this awareness will make you more prepared—to not react to everyone else’s immediate stress response. For a successful transition, remember to…

1.) manage your own triggers

2.) assist others around you in managing their responses

3.) keep everyone focused on achieving the desired outcome

✍ Remember, you need to FRAME the conversation when the time comes.

Learn more about how to “frame it” when you read https://loom.ly/_0CjVR4

Or watch our Framing It video; along with a number of other great video tips and resources when you visit us online at https://loom.ly/aAUG0Po

Dr. Jan Hoistad