The Ten Actors Methodology
In the year 2000, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared stress to be the third most lethal disease of the 21st century after heart disease and cancer. Now it is widely recognized that excessive stress is the main cause of some 50% of these diseases.
The Anatomy of Stress and The Ten Actors Methodology™ is a ground-breaking, one of a kind personal effectiveness methodology that continues to help prominent executives to prevent stress-related burnouts and develop their natural versatility and executive effectiveness.
A vital element in the growth strategy of your business
Consider for a moment the alarming cost to your organization of stress-related burnouts. The cost of deteriorating health and performance of human capital and also in purely financial terms is currently on a sharp rise in the corporate world. Embedding this invaluable developmental technology in your company’s culture will help to dramatically reduce stress burnouts and related costs by engendering superior awareness and enhanced personal and team effectiveness. The question is not: “Can we afford this education?” But: “Can we afford the consequences of not having it?”
Change is in the Air
We live in the era of change. Look around you to witness how change is affecting all and everything. The radical change dimension needs us to adapt in unprecedented ways. It is an overlord influence that flavors every part of living, every endeavor, and every intention. And it brings with it a new kind of stress: The stress of needing to cope with new unknowns, new forms of uncertainty and increasing ambiguity and volatility.
Core insight: While we may not have the necessary references and know-how to handle change and it’s unknown dimensions, we are blessed with a natural design that is made for change and evolution. Knowing how to connect to, explore and use our innate capabilities is the way forward.
Stress in the 21st Century
In the year 2000, the World Health Organization determined stress to be the third most lethal global disease as the world enters the 21st century. Heart disease and cancer occupied the first two spots. Many recent types of research, however, prove the deep connection between cardiovascular diseases and many forms of cancer to excessive stress. According to the American Medical Association, some 70% of visits to physicians are stress-related. Stress is actually quite contagious: You may not suffer excessive stress factors, but if your workplace is populated by stressful people, their stress ‘vibes’ will affect you in obvious and not so obvious ways.
Fundamentally, there are two main causes of stress:
- Human system Overload caused by the incessant demands to perform and deliver.
- The presence of unprecedented emerging challenges and, next to that, new opportunities that call for a radical elevation in comprehension and development.
What kind of stress is your life exposed to? What degree of mental and emotional wear and tear does it cause? Most stress-stricken people suppress stress right to the onset of stress-related illness or outright, incapacitating burnout. In recent years the burnout age is in the process of shrinking with a noticeable increase in the percentage of burnout cases already present in younger age groups.
Stress and Human Physiology: Thresholds Awareness
The human body is made for endurance. If not for that, humanity would not have come this far. Up to a point, stress is a necessary – and even enjoyable – element in the process of achieving the possible and the impossible. However, when certain thresholds are exceeded beyond the ability of the highly intricate, finely balanced relaxation-response – snap-back – mechanisms that regulate the release of ‘stress hormones’ – such as cortisol and adrenaline – into the bloodstream, the body gets flooded with over-doses of potent chemicals that have a crucial enzymic function when well contained but cause nerve burnout, brain atrophy and internal organs dysfunction – by degree – when out of control.
It’s about developing a depth of self-awareness in regard to one’s – and other’s – mental and physiological thresholds. Knowing how to handle stress at the points of its arising is a critical (self) leadership capability at a time when systemic stress – human and planetary – is at an all-time peak.
21st-century leaders are being constantly challenged with having to cope with new forms of uncertainty spiced with exponential growth in complexity and next to that, the presence of incredible new opportunities. Consider the vast range of variables and subtle nuances that you need to be aware of and comprehend in different situations in order to offer intelligent responses. The intricate inner story of what is happening to us at the point of action during brief moments is a fascinating documentary. The degree of skill and know-how in how we use ourselves at the point of action determines our effectiveness and ability to contain stress to manageable levels.
The Developmental Challenges
The main cause of stress Is not being able to use oneself properly
Life and constant change have a way of throwing at us a challenge a minute these days. This is especially so with high intenders and high achievers. The greatest source of stress is the result of not being able to bring to effective deployment one’s limitless natural potential:
- To what degree of success are you engaging your natural detection and discovery faculties to perceive what is happening and what is possible?
- How well developed is your frame-working capability? Example: What is your self-developed key framework for handling conflicts?
- How are you using your mind to formulate trigger questions that lead to where answers live?
- How effective is your at-the-point inter-personal communication capability?
- Are you able to produce the human touch when encountering hard moments?
- If all the shelves in the supermarket are empty for some reason, how well developed are your foraging capabilities?
- When managing, how well developed are your delegation arts and skills?
- What do you do when unable to deliver upon a commitment or promise for some reason?
- How well-trained are your conscious and deliberate self-adjustment capabilities? Example: Adjusting your speeds, tonality, and body-language to facilitate an important conversation?
- Are you still carrying old mental, emotional and/or psychological baggage that compromises new opportunities?
- An inability to handle pressure and stress at the point of their arising squeezes people out and away from their core, into being at distance from oneself and one’s vast inner resources.
The Human is Not Meant to be a ‘Groundhog Reactor’
Formal education – starting with our school years and later on, higher education – does not incorporate the kind of education that prepares people for living in the 21st century. While personal development is a vital aspect of living, it gets little attention in schools and colleges.
One of the outcomes is the ‘one thing’ syndrome, where most people end up developing a singular habitual reaction to situations that call for a dynamic, chameleon-like response. Due to lack of self-knowledge, most people use the wrong parts of themselves in trying to be what a situation calls for. As an example, being emotive and dogmatic when a situation requires perceptive mindfulness and mental agility. “If you can only wield a hammer you see everything as a nail”.
Escaping the Fight-Flight-Freeze Syndrome
In encountering a high-pressure challenge that presents a ‘surprise shock factor’, unless well trained, a person will tend to fly into their default fight-flight* reactive mechanism; thereby vastly limiting theirs at the point effectiveness. When a swift decision is called for or if unable to react for whatever reason, the dangerous – potentially lethal – freeze factor activates, causing mental immobility. Note: Some experts also add to the fight-flight-freeze syndrome the please/appease reaction. However, it can be argued that it is a derivative of the flight aspect.
And it is exactly at these moments that an executive needs access to their vast human potential; to connect deeper rather than disconnect and become lost to oneself, staring into the headlights of a pressing need, which is where the Ten Actors Methodology™ enters the arena.
*Every individual has their unique range of Fight-Flight theaters.
The Blue Line Awareness Mechanism
Corporate environments are stress generating pressure cookers; where managers are caused to adopt behavior and communication habits that all too often makes them blind to the acute stress that incessant demand is causing in employees. Fear plays a big part: The fear of saying ‘no’; the fear of losing opportunities; the fear of under-performing; the fear of losing one’s position.
To effectively battle stress, next to introducing a corporate-wide education that radically elevates awareness to the subject, a monitoring mechanism needs to be created that ensures – to a good degree – that when an individual approaches the unseen threshold of a stress burnout, the matter gets the needed attention and action with no delay. And, in a way that does not compromise the individual, as many will testify that they end up dreading more being ‘labeled’ as an overly stressed than admitting it.
The ‘Blue Line Awareness’ is part of this work, where next to the Anatomy of Stress and the Ten Actors Methodology™ workshops, a monitoring mechanism is developed – mainly by way of a mindset – to de-personalize the subject by introducing a clear corporate-wide protocol of detecting and dealing with stress before it reaches a debilitating stage.
The Anatomy of Stress & The Ten Actors Methodology™
An ingenious developmental concept
A result of many years of R&D into the human possibility, the Ten Actors Methodology™ is about training oneself to meet, respond and handle life and its challenges at the point of action. It is about developing qualities such as mental versatility, depth, foresight, laser-like focus, finesse, and agility, towards a dramatic leap in one’s executive capabilities.
This is achieved by learning to connect to one’s unique attributes; to generate inner and outer theaters that deliver an effective response to what is needed. It is a thrilling self-educating process that liberates the practitioner into becoming a highly skilled operator of the incredible chameleon-like capabilities of the human design. Because it’s about connecting to one’s core qualities and natural abilities, the process of learning and assimilation of this groundbreaking framework is rapid, fluid and highly energizing.
As an Example…
Most people rely on the news media and other people’s views to learn about what is happening. Over time, this dependency brings about a diminishment of the remarkable natural observation and detection abilities that the human is blessed with. Eventually, this dependency creates situations where shock and surprise become the order of the day because one mostly hears what someone thinks they should know or wants them to know, such as the ‘official party line’ about some important matter.
Surprise – and shock, its close relative – are mostly these days not of the kind that people want to hear and as such are main causes of nerve burnout – fast or slow. One of personal development’s prime objectives is being one’s own person – master of one’s own destiny. Developing the ability to perceive and translate what is happening – close by and far away – by using one’s own highly capable detection and discovery faculties is key to this personal journey. It’s a rich and highly rewarding life-long self-education that opens up a world of special practices that are part of this work.
A Companion Tool For Life
This enlightening, highly effective modality is delivered in coaching processes; bespoke workshops; change processes; part of leadership development programs and team dynamics.
The Two/Three-Day Experiential Workshop Configuration
Contact us – tel. +31 30 605 1350 – to discuss the two or three-day Anatomy of Stress and the Ten Actors Methodology workshops that can be delivered as a stand-alone workshop or as part of your leadership development programme. Conducted in a suitable off-site location, the workshop delivers multiple outcomes:
- Understanding the root causes of stress.
- Knowing how to handle pressure and stress through enhanced personal effectiveness.
- Radical elevation in the ability to handle change.
- Knowing how to connect to and develop greater portions of their natural potential.
- Enhanced interpersonal communication.
- Having at one’s disposal an exceptionally empowering tool for life.
Note: A three-day workshop configuration allows for greater depth and range of developmental content and exercising. Both configurations, however, offer exceptional value.
Costs depend on the number of participants, location, and preparation.
“Stress is not being able to use oneself properly”