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Neuroscience-Powered Leadership: How Good Leaders Beat High Stress & Burnout

“100% Very Satisfied” is the feedback from participants of this workshop hosted by PEN in November 2022.

* How can leaders rely on science to mitigate stressors and prevent burnout?

* Why do stressed employees become disengaged and unmotivated?

* Why does relying on resilience and self-care set people up for failure?

Scientific research shows that a highly effective way to reduce stress is to give it to someone else. Unfortunately, leaders often pass their anger and frustration on to their followers with micromanagement, mandates, blaming, retaliation, displacement aggression, and other toxic behaviors. Abusive leaders are terrible stressors.

Stress and leadership are intimately connected, but this complex relationship rarely receives adequate attention. High stress and burnout are direct causes and inevitable consequences of poor leadership. In contrast, low stress and burnout are hallmarks of effective leadership. In times of increasing uncertainty, possessing efficient stressor management skills separates good leaders from bad ones.

The Performance Excellence Network is pleased to announce a powerful workshop: Neuroscience-Powered Leadership: How Good Leaders Beat High Stress & Burnout.  The workshop will be hosted June 6 in-person (TBD in the Twin Cities) and will be facilitated by Dr. Terry Wu (biography below).

Dr. Wu has built a new scientific framework of leadership that centers on mitigating leaders’ and followers’ stressors. This framework distills more than eight decades of scientific research into stress’ impacts on human behavior and turns it into easy-to-implement practices. It fundamentally changes how leaders see their roles in making their followers feel safe. It provides research-proven tools and skills that empower leaders to make better decisions that result in better outcomes.

The participants of this workshop will develop an understanding of how leadership and stress are deeply intertwined. They will explore how to mitigate the impacts of work-related stressors for their employees to create a safe, productive workplace. More importantly, they will discover how leaders can avoid becoming their followers’ stressors.

Learning Objectives

1) Explore the connection between leadership and stress.

2) Understand the biology of burnout and its relationship to chronic stress.

3) Identify five psychological safety signals to manage stressors.

4) Examine everyday stressors in the workplace and avoid stress-induced toxic behaviors.

5) Design and enhance psychological safety signals to mitigate various stressors.

6) Recognize common blind spots in leadership decision-making.

7) Improve the quality of leadership decisions.

Who Will Benefit From This Workshop

Seasoned, new, and aspiring leaders of all levels, including:

1) Business owners, C-suite executives, senior leaders, and elected officials.

2) Managers, supervisors, and future leaders.

3) Human resources professionals and change management consultants.

Add Value to Your Leadership Training and Development

This workshop is essential to growing and strengthening leadership skills in these areas: Emotional Intelligence, Effective Communication, Change Management, Conflict Resolution, Team and Culture Building, and Decision Making.  The session will be hosted in the Twin Cities (location TBD) from 9:00-3:30; lunch and materials included.

Investment is $325 for members ($650 for non-members).  Discounts available for teams of 3-4 from the same organization registering at the same time ($300) as well as teams of 5+ ($275). An optional 90 minute one-on-one coaching session can be added for $125/person.

Facilitator Biography

2+ million people have learned the Neuroscience of Human Decisions from Dr. Terry Wu. Dr. Wu received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University. In studying how to apply Neuroscience to strengthen leadership, Dr. Wu found that leadership development focuses primarily on teaching leaders how to lead but not Why People Follow. He also found that leadership development relies on rare anecdotes and personal stories instead of science. These two weaknesses exacerbated the widespread leadership failures brought about by the pandemic. Dr. Wu’s research into the Neuroscience of Leadership has uncovered many unique and valuable insights that empower leaders to make their leadership more predictable and successful.

Dr. Wu has spoken at 200+ conferences and corporate events. He turns complex scientific studies into interesting, easy-to-understand stories that his audiences can relate to. He makes Neuroscience practical and actionable. More information about his speaking topics is available by clicking here.

The video Big Think featured Dr. Wu exclusively in this program on how to curb Amazon shopping addiction by reducing stress. It has reached 1.2+ million people globally.

The content of this workshop is original and unique. There is no recycled content from other trainers or speakers. Every insight is supported by ample evidence instead of rare anecdotes, famous personalities, or unique personal experiences.

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