As any small or medium-sized business owner can tell you, it can be a very stressful line of work to be in. So it should come as no surprise that a recent survey from the Positive Psychology Institute found that “significant and disturbing levels of psychological distress are being found in executives, with mental health issues more than double that of the general population and 37.9% of executives showing symptoms that may be consistent with depression, anxiety, somatisation, phobia or paranoia”.
That, of course, is the bad news. The good news, however, is that help is at hand, thanks to the research end efforts of Stacey Copa, who has just released her new book How to be Resilient, which is aimed at helping anyone in the world of business to develop strategies to cope with getting results when things don’t quite go to plan.
“In a world where change is the new constant and technology is rapidly changing the face of workplaces, business leaders need to arm themselves with easy strategies to enable them to deal with trouble, challenges or situations out of their control,” Stacey says.
“Taking personal responsibility and not getting sucked into a void of ‘blame-a-titis’, finding the right support and keeping the voice in your head from ‘awfulising’ situations are just a small part of how I help people to face adversity head on,” Stacey says, “I’m brought into organisations where executives are struggling with the issue of being visible all the time, balanced with how to motivate their teams while they may be under huge pressure and stress.”
Resilience is something that the Stacey knows a lot about. At the age of twelve years old she had a devastating accident which left her a quadriplegic and dependent on a wheelchair. She is now currently training for 2016 Rio Paralympics and travels around Australia as an expert on resilience.
The book How to be Resilient: The Blueprint For Getting Results When Things Don’t Go To Plan, is being sold online at www.howtoberesilient.com and can be ordered in to your nearest bookstore from 29 June 2015.