The work is piling up. Nothing is falling in place the way it should.  I can’t meet this deadline, let alone the one next week. There’s only one of me! What was I thinking in taking this job? My boss is gonna think I’m completely incompetent.  OMG!  I can’t breathe!
Ever been in this situation? Things pile up.  Nothing gets taken off your plate…only added. Unrealistic deadlines don’t allow for creative thinking let alone doing the most basic work.   
Under these circumstances, staff feel not only further pressured, they begin to doubt their own abilities.  They lose confidence in themselves and the skills they thought they were bringing to the table.
There have been a plethora of articles written on these topics.  But since I’m hearing it loud and clear from my clients, I thought I’d capture some of the highlights on both sides of the issue.
For the bosses out there. Great leaders know they don’t always know.  They learn how to tolerate this discomfort, to listen, and to learn where to seek truth.

For the team members. Great leaders know how to step away from the chaos, observe, and simplify the situation before stepping back in.

And find the humor buried in the situation that at the moment feels unbearable.  You may have to dig for it, but it is there. I promise!   Laughter – or a simple half smile or a chuckle – can do wonders.

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