The Chemistry of Great Leadership

Your leadership depends not only on the skills you’ve developed, but how your personal chemistry allows you to access them. During times of stress or challenge, the portion of your brain relating to executive function goes offline, and you’re left using...

My TEDx Talk on Resiliency

I was recently invited to give a TEDx talk on resiliency and it is now available online. It was an incredible experience put on by a talented group at Gustavus Adolphus College and I’m honored to have been a part of it! I hope you enjoy and please help spread...

How Stress is Making You Lose Your Mind

Stress is affecting your brain much more than you think. Sure, you’ve experienced the distraction, forgetfulness, negativity or anxiety that comes from stressful situations, but did you know it’s also shrinking your brain? Hormones released in response to stress not...

Stress Hormones – the Good, the Bad & the Ugly

When we’re exposed to a stressful event, whether it’s real or imagined, physical or psychological, the body releases waves of stress hormones such as adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol. They are a veritable stress tsunami, and they signal rapid changes...

Stress is a Chemistry Problem

Most of us would describe stress with feelings such as anxiety, frustration, irritability, fear, or worry. We’d say stress can make us feel short-tempered. We may snap at a coworker, get impatient with a loved one, or lie awake at night playing through all sorts of...

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