OTS 070: Endlessly Curious – Carole Spiers

OTS 070 - Endlessly Curious - Carole Spiers

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.

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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.”

What were the key takeaways you plan to put into practice this week and benefit from for years to come? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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