Disability Challengers are the chosen charity of BEST member PNPR, which originated the Challengers Champions Business Club
Leadership expert tells Challengers Business Club how to combat stress
Surrey, Thursday 26th January 2012. Members of the Challengers Champions Business Club (CCBC) and guests attended their fourth exclusive workshop of the year just before the Christmas break.
The event on fighting stress took place in The Great Hall at Loseley House where 40 people were guests of CCBC member, Michael More-Molyneux, owner of Loseley, who laid on a wonderful breakfast by a roaring fire.
Leadership expert and speaker Nigel Cutts said that managing our time and ourselves was more than spread-sheets and Microsoft programmes. It was a question of looking after our physical, emotional, spiritual selves and connecting with the greater world – not just work.
How to achieve this, he advocated, was by having accurate self-knowledge; seeing everything from the other person’s point of view; being patient; taking action and communicating. “There’s nothing more fundamental than communication,” Nigel explained, “and we need to develop those skills, so we’re better understood.”
Delegates also learned that one of the keys to communication is listening and in pairs spent two minutes talking without the other person interrupting.
In a further exercise, Nigel Cutts, revealed that meditating twice a day for 20 minutes, it is scientifically proven, stops the mind from racing, lowers stress and lengthens our attention span. This makes us more effective business people. After a five minute session with eyes shut and deep breathing, not one member of the audience said that they had found it uncomfortable.
Thom Gibbons, business development director at Callmaster Mobile, and a member of the Challengers Business Club, commented: “It was a beautiful venue and I wasn’t expecting a meditation session, but it set me up wonderfully for the day. It was a thought-provoking workshop.”
Mady Hatton, fund-raising manager at Disability Challengers, gave the Champions Business Club members a report of the first year’s activities, noting that since January 20 businesses had signed up and contributed, through the annual subscription or in kind, £20,000 to the charity in difficult times.
“This has been a fantastic help,” she said, “and we’re looking forward to another year of exclusive workshops and a special dinner in 2012 when one of our speakers will be Jeremy Hunt MP, Minister for Culture, Media and Sport, who is also a very successful businessman.”
Disability Challengers are at www.disability-challengers.org and Tel. (01483) 23 00 60.
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