Stress Makes Smart People Do Stupid Things (6/18/09)

Austin Community College

Highland Business Center

Room 214

5930 Middle Fiskville Road

Austin TX 78752 USA

(Please do not park at Highland Mall or your vehicle will be towed)

We all say and do things we regret later. Many times, we’ll say to ourselves, “what was I thinking?” or, “I can’t believe I said that!”  Later, it's often easy to think of better ways we could have dealt with a problem or more productive things we could have said.  Why does this happen?


Much of the time, it’s stress.  The physiological chaos that results from stress impairs the function of the neo cortex, the most evolved part of the brain. The neo cortex performs higher functions such as sensory perception, generation of motor commands, spatial reasoning, conscious thought, and language.  In this presentation, we’ll discuss the profound ways stress impacts our health and performance and learn some simple yet powerful tools that enable us to perform well under pressure and to relax and rejuvenate when we have the opportunity.



Chris Douglas is a consultant, coach and trainer and the founder of Quest Leadership Consulting. His work focuses on “people skills” such as Influential Leadership, Leadership on the High Road, The Art of Productive Conflict, Improving Performance Under Stress, The Power of Effec­tive Communication and Building Effective Teams. Chris has served a variety of organizations including IBM, Dell Computer, Shell Oil and the U.S. Federal Government. He is on the faculty of The Crossings’, “Leadership Retreat Center”, and for six years, he presented a two-day segment of IBM’s highly regarded “Leadership Excellence University” program.


In addition to his own programs, Chris has facilitated programs for other training organizations including Team Craft, The Leadership Group, Falls River Center, Pecos River Learning Centers, The Multi-Cultural Institute and The Likeable Lawyer. Having studied human dynamics and or­ganizational development for over 20 years, he brings knowledge and understanding, as well as warmth and humor to the material he presents.


As a consultant and executive coach, Chris has helped many individual clients, teams and orga­nizations dismantle counterproductive patterns and achieve greater professional and personal fulfillment.


Chris is currently writing a book and peripheral materials on the topic of “Practical Wisdom”. The intention of this material is to support the readers in both understanding the truth and benefits of common, universal wisdom, and then, how to consistently apply it in their personal and profes­sional lives.


In 2003, Chris earned a Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.


Chris has traveled extensively and has lived and worked overseas in Europe and Asia for a total of three years. He is a private pilot, a woodworker, a photographer, an actor and has pursued adventure sports including whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing and mountaineering.

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