The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 13, 1996 · Page 53
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 53

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, October 13, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL MONEY SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1996 E3 f EXECUTIVE STRESS When stress makes managers want to SCREAM Menninger Clinic offers help for execs pining for security, balance between work, family By MATT TRUELL The Associated Press TOPEKA — Corporations downsize. That means friends are fired. Long hours mean you don't see your family. You were unhappy when you didn't get promoted. When the promotion came, you were still unhappy. Arguments at home. Office relations are strained. The kid's sick. Another board meeting. And the bottom line is you can't remember the last time you ate a hot dog at a baseball game. That is the condition some senior executives or their subordinates are in when they attend a Menninger Clinic seminar for managers. Some are high performance managers battling burnout. Some just need to take a little time out to learn something about themselves and other people. "Corporate America is burning both ends of the candle at the same time," said Dr. Donald Rosen, a psychiatrist who is director of the Menninger Leadership Center.. The Menninger Clinic is a sprawling psychiatric hospital on the edge of Topeka, considered one of the best in the nation. Since 1956 it has provided businesses and industry with services designed to improve relations on the job and to promote efficiency. "Most people we have worked with are in a real bind," Rosen said. "They're going through fairly intense experiences at work in secrecy and parallel to the people they work with. Parallel because they are all part of the same culture, and in secrecy because they report to each other. During the five-day seminar, things are a little different. This is what Rosen will tell these top-flight executives: "Put the cards on the table and talk about whatever you want to talk about regarding your professional development and.your personal development." And that is what they do, said Charles Griffin, Washington D.C. "We talked about ourselves and it became very personal," said Griffin, who is regulatory director in the government liaison office of AT&T. "We bonded very quickly." The business climate has changed a lot in the past two decades, said Griffin, 51, who holds masters degrees in both physics and management. "Corporations have had to adapt or die," he added. "I thought I needed to understand a little bit more about what it meant not only to manage but to survive in this climate." Rosen understands that climate. He reads the Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and other publications that chronicle the course of American commerce. Uncertainty has become a fact of j^"****^ •ifr 1 port, Iowa, said attending the seminar was a first step in a journey she has continued. "To be a good leader you need to understand yourself, first and foremost," Wilson said. "The seminar is really focused on understanding how we got to where we are and what our beliefs and values are." Before attending the seminar, she was looking for people who managed others exactly the way she did, she said. Now that has changed. Wilson, 34, a certified public accountant with an MBA, said she now tries to help people be the best they can be, rather than trying to make them over in her image. "It has really helped me be a better coach and leader," she said. ETS Enviro Tech Services, inc. 316N. Ohio, Salina, KS (913)827-1682 Your Local Source for Quality Environmental Services I'ropcrtv Ir.msliT Assosi Soil ,md ( riomul\Y,iUT Ir Asbestos S.impl'ini; Soil Icstini! I ..iborutnrv S Fax (913) 827-8765 TEACHER INTERVIEWS FOR SPRING SEMESTER f * All Subject Areas ^ (humanities, math, science, computers, economics, accounting, etc.) ^ for Commmunity Education College Classes in ^ Abilene, Bennington, Chapman, Herington, Junction City, & Solomon w Tuesday, October 15 Cloud County Community College - Geary County Center 100 Continental Drive Grandvlew Plaza, Junction City 66441 * ! * The Associated Press Donald Rosen sits outside the Menninger Clinic. He runs seminars for executives on stress management. life in a downsized business world, and it takes its toll, Rosen said. . "I think most individuals are looking for a sense of productivity and stability, and they're experiencing corporate America as increasingly insecure," he said. The seminars, with about 20 people each, are held either at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka or on a white-water raft trip in Idaho. "Most people are not experienced at white water rafting, and part of the point of the seminar is that people learn new things," Rosen said. "They do it physically as well as intellectually." Topics include morale, balancing professional and personal lives, the ever-changing relationship between employer and employee and how to help employees navigate through stormy weather. Management, to a considerable degree, is problem-solving, Rosen said, and most of those problems are interpersonal ones. "That's the part that most management programs really don't address, and that's the part we really focus on," Rosen said. "It's the human component that is our strength'." Ginny Wilson, president of the Midland Press Corp. in Daven- INTEREST RATES 1. TAX-FREE MUNICIPAL BONDS** C /Cfl% */»vO l\) crnv/nTMT PD ATM? rv^VDiy^D ATT? blMllUN 1 uKAJJJb UJKrUKal Lt 7.55% 3. 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