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Under Pressure by Maria Katsarou, Denis Sartain

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What is stress?

A lot of people use the word “stress” to describe pressure.

We expect that everyone ought to be able to take some pressure. In the current corporate environment, it’s imperative. Everyone must be able to operate under a certain amount of pressure. In fact, we believe that pressure can be and is generally positive—but stress is not. Stress is the stage we get to when we have gone beyond our pressure threshold. But how do we know when someone has moved from an acceptable level of pressure to stress?

When we are stressed beyond our pressure threshold, we start to make mistakes, make poor judgments, have poorer interactions and generally have a reduced quality of life.

Stress is cumulative. When we exceed our threshold and stay within ...

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