InTents June/July 2023 - 38

business | tips and techniques
One of our greatest
strengths is the
freedom to choose
how we respond to
the situations of life.
When Fleming and his longtime friend
and business partner, Bill Jeatran, were
new leaders, they enlisted the help of
a consultant who taught their team
about having an attitude buddy. Fleming
said that person could be a coworker,
even someone who reports to you,
but a person you trust and who will
hold your conversations in confidence.
" Sometimes, you just need to vent,
and our buddy can help us think more
clearly, " he says.
LePoidevin talks to his wife, who provides
a " totally outside the box " perspective
on his work situations. He is also in
a networking group with professional
colleagues who meet for three hours a
month to solve challenges together.
Lynda Baris, MMA's St. Louis, Mo.,
president, has a trusted circle, which
sometimes includes her dog. " It's
important to have a safe space and
someone to talk to, " she says. " I tell them
they don't have to say anything or solve
my problem. I just want them to listen. "
Pause
It has been said that one of our greatest
strengths is the freedom to choose how
we respond to the situations of life. But
when tensions are high, that freedom can
seem slightly-or very far-out of reach.
To tap into our ability to choose our
reaction, Ruffner suggests taking an
" adult time-out " to gather your thoughts
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in stressful situations. " Try not to react, "
she says. " Our nature can be to react, but
try to take it in. Understand what it is and
why it's happening, and then examine
your options and alternatives. "
Another way to pause is through
meditation, a practice Fleming identifies
as the " secret sauce " (along with faith
and prayer) to manage his stress level
and show up intentionally each day.
Meditation is a practice that can resonate
with people from various backgrounds
and traditions.
Barnett relaxes and gets out of " work
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mode " by focusing on water. She lives in
a house that looks out onto a lake, and at
the end of the day she sits and reflects.
" Water has always had a calming effect
on me, " she says.
Many cultures use water in meditative
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practices, and listening to the sounds of
water, watching the waves or ripples, or
being in water are all practices that can
help ease stress and produce calm.
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