At lunch today with Glen, he told me the story about one of his bosses who dealt very well with conflict and stress.
This boss always overspent his budget, and was constantly in trouble with the internal auditors. He was incidentally a great boss to work for. He was also a surfer.
When a wave dumps a surfer they go down to the bottom of the water and hang onto the seaweed until the big wave has passed.
So whenever this guy was under fire, he would imagine himself at the bottom of the sea, hanging on to seaweed for dear life until it was all over.
A lovely metaphor for letting the problem pass!