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Transforming Your Stress Into Business Success came off the press in June and will be a lasting tonic for anyone struggling with business ownership, corporate leadership, management or even the ability to stop thinking about a new team member whose presence in the workplace fills them with a sense of doom

In-the-moment guide to stress and anxiety a tonic for business and trade

A new book aimed at business achievers says they probably won’t notice when work-related stress and anxiety start to overwhelm them, because operating on adrenalin is also a hallmark of success. But it’s time they woke up, says speaker, mentor and business-anxiety specialist, Linda Wells.


When Linda Wells was bringing her years of mentoring, coaching and training experience together for her new book, Transforming Your Stress Into Business Success, she came across the new CEO of Site Safe NZ Brett Murray’s article on mental health in the building industry. She also read the newly published report by the Building Research Association of NZ (BRANZ).

What Murray penned, and what she read in the wider report, echoed the stuff she had been hearing about from men in business and trade for years. In other words, the toll that working in the construction industry was taking on its members was not news. However, it heavily informed her reasons for sharing some tried-and-tested mental-wellness solutions that would help a wider group of people.

Speaker, mentor and business-anxiety specialist, Linda Wells: “My teaching is all about knowing what to do when you’re stressed and anxious. It all starts with our thinking and how to train the brain for change”

‘Among men of working age, construction has a suicide rate of 6.9% – the highest of any industry,’ wrote Murray. ‘These tragic figures highlight the extreme end of a wider problem.

‘The 2017 attitudes survey carried out by WorkSafe NZ found that last year alone, 11%, or more than one in ten workers, reported a stress-related or mental illness caused by work. Those working in small businesses with six to 19 workers were even more likely to have had a stress-related or mental health issue.’

He stated, like a growing number of his counterparts, that ‘we need to talk about how well we are protecting the mental wellbeing of our people.’ And it was for these very reasons that Ms Wells combined her years of coaching and speaking into an in-the-moment guide, with insight on dealing with what she calls ‘the overwhelm’ as it happens.

Reframing negative thoughts

“My teaching is all about knowing what to do when you’re stressed and anxious. It all starts with our thinking and how to train the brain for change,” Ms Wells says. “We really can transform and reframe those negative thoughts into something that is supportive of the individual, and we need my kind of teaching and support for people in the workplace right now.”

Ms Wells’ speaking engagements and new book are in no danger of lecturing from a lofty position. The one-time real estate whizz, sales trainer and neuro linguistic programming master has had her own struggles; her business stress-to-wellbeing story features her staying awake for days on end to close exhilarating sales deals.

But she was struck by an epiphany when, washing her hair one morning, clumps of the stuff came away in her hands. She knew it spelt trouble, but there was no way she was going to give up her hard-won success, so she committed to finding a way for success and wellbeing to co-exist. This in turn became her business.

Book giveaway

As the end-of-year holidays and business stress reach a unified crescendo, Transforming Your Stress Into Business Success is a well-timed antidote to the worrying catch that plagues New Zealand’s construction and related industries.

Linda Wells is giving away a book to the first three people who contact her – email outcomesunlimited@xtra.co.nz and mention this NZCN review. Further copies can be purchased online and delivered within seven working days – click here.

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