Take control of your own destiny

…or Someone Else Will

“We are living in a time of continuous change and chaos. Sometimes it makes no sense. Often it doesn’t work. It is not always clear where we belong and what is expected of us. One thing for sure – each one of us has to find out what we want and how we will do it.”


This workshop offers each employee the opportunity to reflect, relax and make a plan to deal with the change and chaos:

  • The nature of life cycles, chaos and continuous change; and why each one of us needs a plan.
  • Develop a plan to clarify what we want and need now; adopt some tools and techniques; then how to get it.
  • Discover the signs of stress/burnout and personal vulnerability to stress/burnout (and how you compare).
  • Develop a managing personal change plan, including how to gain a sense of control, what needs to be understood, support required and a sense of purpose. Adapt your change plans to the needs of your personality.
  • Develop a plan to change at least one habit to increase satisfaction and decrease stress in key areas of life.
  • Evaluate the correlation of stress and satisfaction in the work place; then develop a plan to decrease stress and increase satisfaction.
  • Recognize the impact of stress on health, performance and well-being.
  • Practices to create resiliency to stress: physical, mental, emotional.
  • Develop better work-life balance.


Challenges and outcomes

  • Identify the challenges and issues of the changes participants are facing.
  • Agree on outcomes from this workshop to address those issues and challenges.

Organizationnal context (Optional)

  • Update from a senior manager about where we are in our most important changes and indicators of light at the end of the tunnel.

The nature of change and what works

  • Explore the nature of life cycles and chaos.
  • Understand why the old ways of dealing with change no longer work.
  • A few strategies that do work today for organizations, teams and individuals.

Stress and burnout assessments

  • Evaluate the signs of stress/burnout against one’s own personal situation.
  • Assess personal vulnerability to stress/burnout. (These assessments can be completed by participants prior to the workshop.)

Personal “Take control of my destiny” plan

  • Develop a personal stress/burnout escape plan, including recognizing what needs to be controlled and how to regain control, learning what needs to be understood about the situation, deciding what support is required and how to get it and clarifying a sense of purpose. (This module should be complemented by the modules on “COPING WITH STRESS” EVALUATION AND PLAN and “WORK-LIFE BALANCE”.)
  • Adapt this plan to the needs of your individual personality.

“Coping with stress” Evaluation and plan

  • Evaluate the levels of stress and satisfaction in four dimensions of life: personal, work, couple, and family.
  • Evaluate key coping skills in those four dimensions.
  • Prioritise the stressors and satisfiers (‘important’ and ‘able to change’).
  • Use skills from one dimension of life in another, develop new skills.
  • Enhance satisfiers.
  • Plan to change one habit to better deal with stress.

Work place stress / satisfaction

  • Evaluate the relation between stress and satisfaction at work.
  • Choose action items to reduce stress and increase satisfaction at work.
  • Learn how managers may unintentionally bring stress to their employees.
  • Three ways managers can reduce the level of stress they transfer to employees.

State, expectations and their impact on stress

  • Explore the relationship between thoughts, state, behaviour and stress (physical exercise and analysis).
  • Four practical techniques to manage stress in the moment we experience it.
  • An approach to prevent stressful reactions.

Resiliency to stress

  • Choose potential action items in six key result areas of life to build greater resiliency and resistance to stress.

The energy bank account

  • Identify people, situations and practices that drain energy and others that provide energy.

Work-life balance

  • Reflect on what is most important in life and what is less important.
  • Identify key roles and goals.
  • Adopt a methodology to ensure that roles and goals are prioritised and balanced each week.

Relaxation exercises

  • Experience a few relaxation exercises. (These exercises can be adapted to the specific circumstances and needs of participants.)


  • Develop a personal plan to:
    • Find control, sense of direction, support;
    • Increase satisfiers and decrease stressors;
    • Build stress/burnout resiliency into my life.
  • (If the group is an intact team) Agree on a few action items to increase satisfaction and decrease stress at work.