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The Resilient Director and Board - How to manage Stress and drive Success

“We are coming to understand health not as the absence of disease, but rather as the process by which individuals maintain their sense of coherence (i.e. sense that life is comprehensible, manageable, and meaningful) and ability to function in the face of changes in themselves and their relationships with their environment”
- Aaron Antonovsky – ‘Health, Stress and Coping’

Delivery Options

  • Breakfast or lunch presentation (1 hour)
  • Conference Presentation (1 hour)
  • Master Class (half day)
  • Coaching sessions around content

Brief summary

Antonio Horta-Osorio, Chief Executive of Lloyds Banking Group, at the end of 2011 (coincidentally on Stress Awareness Day), announced that he had taken leave due to ‘stress and extreme fatigue’. Back at work he says he is ‘aiming for a more balanced lifestyle’.
It’s not surprising that research published in the British Medical Journal has concluded that workplace stress is as deleterious to health as smoking and sedentary lifestyle behaviours. Stress Leave has recently become the single biggest Worker’s Compensation cost to organisations in Australia.

Stress needs to be addressed from the leadership level, as it’s often a cultural issue. Performing at a high level and being able to manage stress and anxiety in others and in oneself is an important part of the skill-set of an executive in today’s challenging Corporate environment.

Organisational Stress, “is the harmful physical and emotional responses that can happen when there is conflict between job demands on the employee AND the amount of control an employee has over meeting those demands.” – N.I.O.S.H

Key ideas

  • Stress - Interactive Model
  • Stress – The Mechanics and Medical Model
  • Stress – The Mechanics
  • Stress and Illness, Change, Lifestyle, Relationships, cognition, behaviour and ‘Hardiness’, relaxation modalities
  • Stress Governance and Neurology

Key objectives - the participants will get

  • The most effective strategies to neutralise stress and maximise resiliency.
  • The medical model of stress, positive and negative outcomes of stress, research on resilience,
  • The importance of relaxation modalities will be covered in response to directors’ experience and concerns. 
  • How to manage - emotions, conflict, time/energy/resources, negotiation and Change
  • Various modalities for eliciting a deep restorative relaxation response.

Delivery mode

  • Brief TED Presentation style format with minimal Power Point outline.
  • Informational, anecdotal case studies but evidenced-based
  • Q and A Interactive (particularly if the assessment task if completed by participant

After attending stress management seminars in the US, Europe and Asia I have to say that Robert Gordon’s seminars are second to none. His presentation is dynamic, concise, and thought provoking. Most importantly, he imparts in each attendee the desire and motivation to apply the essence of his teaching in real life situations. I strongly endorse his seminars.

Steven Tam 
American Chamber of Commerce, Tianjin China

Robert Gordon's seminar on Stress Management is world class. I strongly endorse and highly recommend his seminars to anyone in the modern corporate economy of China.

Jessica Li 
GCG Environment and Well Being Service Manager
Human Resources
IBM, Beijing, China

Excellent seminar. Your theory, methodology, experiences and stories will leave a lasting impression, and hopefully provide our executives with the know how to handle corporate stress.

Win Ma
Professional Development/Expertise Management
GCG Learning IBM China/Hong Kong Limited

On behalf of the Research Committee I would like to express our appreciation for the series of presentations and workshops on Time/Stress Management you presented to faculty in the School of Policy Studies. The feedback from participants was very favourable and many noted that they found the content theoretically stimulating. Perhaps more importantly many commented that they were exposed to many very useful and practical strategies that they could adopt to increase the enjoyment and productivity of their lives.

Professor Kim Chi Tran
School of Policy Studies
Kwansei Gakuin University, Kyoto Japan