Episode 6: With Chris Wilson on the science and fluidity behind stress

Episode 6: With Chris Wilson on the science and fluidity behind stress

As the title suggests, this podcast is all about unearthing a new perspective on risk.

My guests are experts in their fields where they impact risk either directly or indirectly. My interviews aim to lift the lid on risk and rip it apart to give you a whole new perspective on it.

My name’s Lisa Sisson and I am founder of risk consultancy, Unearth. I’m also becoming known somewhat as a “Risk Rebel”.

At Unearth we believe that risk starts and ends with people. Equally, we believe that opportunity starts and ends with people. So if you’re not looking at risk with, through and by your people, then you are not only leaving your organisation exposed to risk, you are also not opening up the opportunities that a people-centred risk strategy will deliver.

This week’s guest is Chris Wilson, a stress scientist. Chris comes from a background in consulting and mentoring elite groups such as the military, elite sports, performing arts and corporate athletes. He combines systems and data to make informed decisions that catapult a team’s engagement, productivity and outcomes.


Spending the early part of his career working with and developing future leaders, he identified that a necessary part of the success plan is to improve the individual’s performance capacity. This is achieved by adapting capacity in three key areas: physical, mental and emotional capacity, to enable them to perform their role. Chris helps to develop these three key components to reduce the risk of burnout.

Our interview covers a range of insightful themes, particularly relevant to the current working-from-home environment, including:

  • How working from home is changing our stress responses to work
  • The role of ego and the increased need to justify our worth and value
  •  Identifying the physical, mental and emotional early warning signs that people aren’t coping well
  • Identifying the possible patterns that are contributing to self-sabotage
  •  The impact of constant striving for perfection across a range of roles, especially relevant to women
  • Future intent. Tapping into the emotional side of where people want to go and who they want to be
  • Looking at the whole person, not just the worker

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