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Cool as a cucumber

Stress can be a powerful catalyst that drives you to achieve more, but you have to manage it properly to stop it from crippling you

17 December 2015

Over the last couple of years I have written predominantly about businesses rather than the people who work in them. I thought that this month, I would have a change of tack and talk about the importance of staying calm and in control in a pressure-filled situation.

One of my earliest experiences of working in a professional firm was in a relatively small firm of accountants run by a senior partner with a volcanic temper, the likes of which I have never experienced either before or since.

A fear of the calm

Work would disappear out of the window, secretaries would be running home in tears, tirades of four-letter words would spew forth practically on an hourly basis. To be fair to him, there was no discrimination. Everyone was treated with equal contempt, be they from the post room or a member of the partnership.

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