Dr. Lehan Stemmet

Dr. Lehan Stemmet
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Dr. Lehan Stemmet is a personal and organizational development expert. Over 20 years ago Lehan developed an interest in how people deal with challenges through what started as a personal project he called 'Deal With It'. He often presents the 'Deal With It' principles to diverse audiences and has also been a mentor and coach for many people over the years. In essence it is based on many years of interesting and challenging personal experiences as well as conversations with thousands of people from across the world and from various walks of life. He links his observations over the years with some of the latest published research on stress and resilience, including his own findings, and presents it in an easy-to-understand and practically applied way. Lehan has held various senior leadership and management roles in diverse industries and has also taught a range of undergraduate and postgraduate management courses, including organizational behavior, research methods and organizational change and development. He is passionate about seeing people reach their full potential and has an affinity for multidisciplinary applied research, broadly categorised in the cognitive and behavioral neuroscience space, but with particular focus on stress and resilience and its moderators. He is qualified in biochemistry and microbiology, as well as in organizational and experimental psychology and holds several qualifications from the United Kingdom, New Zealand and South Africa. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with his wife, Fredericka, and their three children.
Many people feel stressed, or so they say. Very often though, what they feel is not stressed but frustrated. The response to those frustrations might resemble stress physiologically and psychologically, but the emotion they experience is frustration. Frustration is...
Is it true that we can only be truly resilient once we have our physiological needs met; followed by our safety needs, need for belongingness (social needs), self-esteem and then self-actualization? What do resilient people do within Maslow's Hierarchy...
What have you built on top of whatever buried your treasures?
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For many years I have been a peer reviewer for a number of research journals and one thing I often see in organizational research publications is a set of recommendations highlighting what organizations and managers should do for people...
People often confuse resilience with the ability to hide emotions and to appear cool, calm and collected when you are actually not. That, I’d say, is more likely emotional regulation than it is about resilience. Resilience is the ability...
We often hear that there is power in thinking positively. There is some truth in that. It is an important part of becoming more resilient and dealing with life’s challenges, however, it is only a part of the equation....
Over 20 years ago, Dr. Lehan Stemmet developed an interest in how people deal with challenges through what started as a personal project he called 'Deal With It'. This talk summarises part of his quest to find out how...
Adrenaline (epinephrine), cortisol and other hormones associated with the physiological stress response are often called stress hormones. This is not quite correct and the fact that the level of these hormones in our systems rise and fall when we...
Resilience is a buzzword around the world and it is often and unfortunately misused and misunderstood. People tend to hear the word ‘resilience’ and interpret or use it to mean ‘tenacity’ and ‘endurance’. Most people are unaware of the...
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