If you own a business, you have stress. It seems to come with the job, but our guest Debra Sunderland suggests that your stress often comes from lack of clarity. She says the reason we have stress is because the small part of our brain called the amygdala, often referred to as the ego, wants to have all the answers in order to keep you safe. When it doesn't it sets off alarms inside of our body
The first step is understanding at we don't have to let the ego or amygdala run us. Fearful and stressful thoughts will pop into your head, your brain will automatically move into defense mode as you look at what's wrong, what could be wrong, what might go wrong. When we're in defense when the brain is going bonkers and our muscles think we're at war and someone's going to hurt us. So our body tightens up. It gets stiff and rigid and we aren't even able to really breathe fully. This reduces oxygen to the brain, preventing us from thinking clearly, so one way to reduce the feeling of stress is to take three deep breaths
Debra’s genius is creating a clear vision for CEO's and their teams - making that vision a reality. With decades of C-level executive and team coaching, Debra challenges leaders by inviting them to create a collaborative, vibrant, responsible, and joy-filled culture, which fosters highly desirable results. Her practice is shared in a diverse range of industries: hi-tech, wealth management, engineering, healthcare, marketing and more.
Debra specializes in awakening leaders to transformatively solve their upper limiting beliefs, sabotaging behaviors, and unconscious biases, moving them into sustainable excellence and self-awareness. She coaches through the tough and uncomfortable work of removing the blockages preventing leaders from fully living their genius, equipping them with the thoughts and skills to bring their goals to fruition. She challenges leaders to own their results in all areas of life, to be present in the here and now, stepping out of leading with reactivity and into conscious leadership. The CEO's chief purpose is to raise up their teams to practice radical responsibility and curiosity. Organizations achieve their optimal outcomes when they shift out of drama and create win-for-all solutions.
Debra graduated from Miami University, holds a degree in Psychology and is certified in The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership, the Integrative9 Enneagram, Corporate Goal Coaching, and CTI Co-Active training. Debra’s work has been featured on Fox National/Local News, Crain’s Chicago Business, the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun- Times, and 190 N Television. As a continual learner, Debra is a graduate of the Inner MBA – Mindful NYU program. Her base is Nashville and Chicago.