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Welcome to On the Schmooze, a weekly podcast that features a mix of interviews and solo shows. My hope is that insights from me and my guests will help you achieve the leadership position you’re seeking, build and sustain your professional network, and find the work/life balance that works best for you. Interviews are with talented people from different fields. We explore how they built strong networks and overcame challenges on their way to becoming successful leaders. I identify a key take-away from each interview, something you can put into action that week that you’ll benefit from for years to come. In the show notes I provide resources to help you get started. Solo shows are shorter episodes where I share practical networking tips and techniques you can put into practice right away. Podcast inspired by Dorie Clark, Pat Flynn, Jonny Nastor, Dale Carnegie.
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Nov 13, 2017

Today’s guest is a world authority on executive stress. She is currently CEO of a leading UK Stress and Wellbeing consultancy and Chair of the International Stress Management Association UK. In 1988, she founded Stress Awareness Day which is celebrated around the world. She is a well-respected authority on building resilience and managing organizational change.Through her work as an international motivational speaker and coach, she has worked with global companies in the US, UK and in the Middle East. She is often called by the media to provide comment around issues of workplace stress and bullying and has appeared on BBC, CNN, and Studio One-Dubai – to name but a few. Her latest book “Show Stress Who’s Boss!” has been translated into Arabic and is available in the United Arab Emirates.

Please join me in welcoming Carole Spiers.

In this episode we explore:

  • her thoughts on leadership: “Leaders know that the people following them are every bit as integral to the team as they are in leading them.”
  • how she started a conversation about stress management within companies in the 1980s long before it was the topic du jour.
  • how she ended up working in The Middle East despite not knowing anyone in the area and what it taught her about the value of a diverse network.
  • lessons learned from offering stress management in war zones and the reality check it provides to the everyday stress of white collar workers.
  • how she sees opportunities for her business around every corner and how that challenges her ability to “turn off,” although she values her downtime with family.
  • how she builds her diverse network: “I am endlessly curious. If you are curious about people and if you are an interesting person yourself and you are interested in other people – then people will be drawn to you.”

Listen, subscribe and read show notes at www.OnTheSchoomze.com - episode 70

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