Book James to speak at your Keynote
James’ keynote speeches are designed to help existing and aspirant leaders to consider the impact of work-related stress within a leadership context.
Despite the pressures of the modern workplace, ‘stress’ has gone and got itself a bad name. Yet with over 10.4 million working days a year lost at a cost of £6.5 billion, it is a hugely significant issue.
Most of us have either been affected by stress or know someone close to us who has suffered at some point in their life. Although attitudes have softened in recent years, a stigma remains and many people are reluctant to admit to suffering from stress, at least publicly, for fear of how they might be judged. Stress is the ‘elephant in the room’.
James talks about the elephant. He shares his leadership story and it’s one, like yours, of managing in turbulent times. James loved his job and he cared greatly. But how do you cope when everything on your ‘to do’ list is ‘urgent’ and ‘important’? James openly about his past battles with work related stress and shares some of the coping strategies he learned in his recovery after a period of absence.
Moving, amusing at times, but always from the heart, James addresses issues affecting school leaders everywhere.
Book James to your workshop
In sessions of one to one & half hours…
James tells his background story from ten years ago. A very experienced school leader, he none the less failed to spot the mounting signs of stress within himself and was eventually forced to take time away from the job that he loved.
James takes the audience through some of the key indicators to watch out for in themselves as well as in the people they lead. He then goes on to share some of the key coping strategies he learned in his recovery and how he returned to five more successful years in headship. He also encourages participants to share their own stress management strategies.
In a half-day session…
After a break, James works through a number of ideas and activities that help participants to explore some of the mechanics of why our brains are wired up for us to worry. We will never eliminate worry from our lives but if we better understand it we can stop it from controlling us.
In both sessions, James uses a lot of visual imagery and some video clips to support the points he makes.
James take his subject-matter seriously but less so himself! The tone is designed to be thought provoking but amusing in parts.