April 2, 2020 | Granger Construction is adjusting procedures to protect everyone’s health and safety during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which unfortunately included pausing the 2020 Dale Carnegie training program. To help everyone during this challenging time, our Lansing area Dale Carnegie coaches, Kellie Kochenderfer and David Boswell, have been kind enough to share some valuable techniques from this curriculum on managing worry and stress.

About Dale Carnegie at Granger

Dale Carnegie was a Missouri-born American writer, lecturer and developer of courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking and interpersonal skills. Since 2010, Granger Construction has invested in Dale Carnegie Leadership Training for employees and we have had over 100 graduates from this program to date.

“Without question, this has been one of our most effective training investments and a phenomenal experience,” notes Granger President/CEO, Glenn Granger. “I’m a Dale Carnegie believer, and had the good fortune to undergo training more than once. I’ve also participated as a graduate assistant and a participant in their first-rate Sales Training Program.”

Granger believes all employees can benefit in some fashion from participating in Dale Carnegie, and outcomes from this program directly support our company’s mission and core values. At Granger, trainings are offered to classes of 25 students over a period of 12 sessions, each lasting 3-4 hours. Student learning outcomes include:

  • How to build trust and motivate people to act
  • Ways to project an enthusiastic attitude
  • Methods to communicate more logically, clearly and concisely
  • Ways to encourage positive thinking and commit to continuous improvement
  • How to manage stress and minimize worry

Tips for Managing Worry and Stress

Mr. Dale Carnegie identified “Managing Worry and Stress and Improving Our Attitude” as one of the Five Drivers of Success. As we all continue to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, Granger has been given permission to share tips from Dale Carnegie instructor, Matthew Anderson, on managing stress and worry. Here are ten video tips we found especially helpful:

  1. Ask yourself, “What is the worst that can possibly happen?”
  2. Analyze what’s important.
  3. Once you reach a decision, act.
  4. Follow a logical process for defining the problem and possible solutions.
  5. Don’t let the little things get you down.
  6. Decide how much anxiety something is worth and refuse to give it more.
  7. Don’t worry about the past.
  8. Fill your mind with thoughts of peace, courage, health and hope.
  9. Count your blessings, not your troubles.
  10. Rest before you get tired.

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