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The Workplace Therapist Show

Curing Dysfunction from the Cubicle to the Corner Office. Got a bad boss? Struggling with what’s next in your career? Work/life balance out of whack? Making your job and your life better is what “The Workplace Therapist Show” is all about. I promise to bring you some of the best ideas, experts and life hacks. And most importantly, I promise not to hold back. There will be no sugar-coating or avoiding the tough conversations. My commitment to you is to always be real, honest and a little bit irreverent.
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Mar 22, 2021

In a world of uncertainty, how can you be sure you’re making the right decision? If you struggle with decision fatigue, you’re not the only one. Today my guest Jodi Hume, Decision Making Strategist and co-host of the “So, Here’s My Story" Podcast, and I discuss the power of resilience, hope, and agency in the decision-making process.

Mar 15, 2021
After a year of WFH (working from home), how are you doing?
How is your team doing? How well have you been able to focus on the “employee experience” for your team and direct reports? What are the questions you should be asking them on a regular basis?
That’s the topic of today’s conversation with my guest Rachel Cooke, Founder of Lead Above the Noise and host of “The Modern Mentor Podcast.” We have a great conversation, I hope you’ll listen in.
Mar 8, 2021

What better way to kick off the week than with a little “Motivation Conversation”? My guest is Jeff Haden, prolific Inc. writer, speaker, and author of the recent book “The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win.” Listen in as Jeff shares insights from his work with greats like Venus Williams, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Mark Cuban. This conversation is inspirational, motivational, and just plain fun! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Mar 1, 2021

I had so much fun appearing on Allan Draper’s podcast “The Business Growth Podcast” last week! We talked about leadership, partnership, and managing the “hot sauce” in our urgent lives. I hope you’ll give it a listen!

Feb 22, 2021

How can you create a daily routine in today’s non-routine world? Better yet, why should you? It’s about building boundaries to protect your time, relationships, and mental health. Important stuff! Don’t miss my conversation with Katherine Crowley, host of the “My Crazy Office” podcast and co-author of “Working for You Isn't Working for Me." 

Feb 15, 2021

When friends and colleagues expressed despair at the state of political discord within their community, Tania Israel set out to facilitate healthy conversations to close the divide. Her book Beyond Your Bubble: How to Connect Across the Political Divide, Skills and Strategies for Conversations That Work” was the result of her work. She encourages all of us to reach out to those on the other side—no matter which “side” you’re on. I was so grateful to get to sit down and talk with Tania and hope you find this conversation meaningful as well.

Feb 8, 2021

This week on the podcast, Jeff Sanders, host of the 5AM Miracle podcast promises to help us “dominate our day before breakfast.” If you’ve struggled with your morning routine or want to create better habits to focus on your work, listen in as Jeff and I share a productive conversation about being intentional and setting goals. 

Feb 1, 2021

Today on the podcast we’ve got 2 listener questions to address! First, what to do when your arch nemesis gets promoted to your boss? Also, how do you keep your corporate offices from squabbling with each other? You probably won’t be surprised when I tell you “clarity” is key to all of it!

Jan 25, 2021

What if there were just four questions you needed to ask in order to figure out the perfect hire for your team? Today’s guest, Allan DeNiro, says that’s the truth! Curious to know what they are? Join us as we discuss how to have better conversations during your interviews so that you can hire better-fitting candidates!

Jan 18, 2021

Many leaders struggle with focus, prioritizing and communication. If you work with one or you are one yourself, today’s Leadership Therapy Episode is about how to clarify roles and expectations with your ADD boss so that your team thrives. 

Jan 11, 2021

So excited to have leadership guru John Baldoni as a guest on this week’s podcast! We discuss leading with empathy and grace and John details how to provide your team focus and clarity while you give them space and the resources to not only survive, but thrive. SO many nuggets!

Jan 4, 2021

How do we bring more joy to our lives and the way we operate in the world? As we close the days of 2020, a year where fear was pervasive and overwhelming, we look ahead to finding a way to live life more joyfully.

Today’s guest is Maureen Sweatman, Chief JOY Officer and Certified Career & Life Coach at Joyful Living. In addition to her Coaching Certification, Maureen holds an M.Div & MBA from Emory University. She explains that people come to her when they’re unhappy or struggling in their careers and usually want her help in finding a better job or employment path. But she says her real job is “holding people accountable to choosing joy.” We often think that joy is just going to one day descend upon us, but that’s not how we actually achieve joy.

Maureen Offers us 5 Steps To Creating More Joy in Your Life.

First, we must debunk the myth that Joy is a destination. The truth is that joy is within you right now, but you have to choose it. And the work is the choosing.

Dec 14, 2020

Need a positive, upbeat 2020 Transformation story? Here ya go! Tune in for my conversation with Dr. Shayna Smith who shares how she found the courage this year to take the plunge to go after what she’s always wanted and build her own practice. Way to go, Shayna!

Dec 7, 2020

It’s been a trying year, leaving many struggling with a sense of loss and grief. How can leaders help their team—or, in some cases, themselves—cope and get through the grieving process? That’s what my guest Anthony Casablanca, co-author of The Dying Art of Leadership: How Leaders Can Help Grieving Employees Excel at Work and I discuss on this week’s show. It’s a meaningful conversation. 

Nov 30, 2020

I’ve heard countless tales that 2020 has inspired many to make changes in their careers and beyond. Today I’m kicking off a series to share some of these awesome stories. Tune in to hear how Scott Raven and Wayne Hutchison made transformations in their careers and lives this year.

Nov 16, 2020

Difficult conversations: What makes them successful? How should you prepare? When should you do them? Just a few of the questions I asked Jason Wasser, LMFT and host of the You Winning Life Podcast this week on the show. It’s a great conversation for the workplace and beyond.

Nov 9, 2020

The greatest blessing and curse of remote working is that we can do our job any time, anywhere. Are you having trouble turning “off” work? You’re not the only one! Today Wayne Turmel of the Remote Leadership Institute provides practical advice for creating work/life boundaries in a virtual workday workspace.

Nov 2, 2020
Combining passion for therapy and entrepreneurship, this week I was a guest on You Winning Life, a podcast where I discussed healthy, productive, fulfilling and dysfunctional-free leadership. Enjoy the podcast!
Oct 26, 2020

Today more than ever, it’s imperative that our team and work culture—even our culture at home reflects the mantra of “We’re All in this Together.” This week’s guest, author/speaker/consultant, Mike Robbins recently released a book by that title and in our conversation described the tenets, what he calls “the 4 Pillars of creating a team culture of high performance.”

Mike describes his life growing up playing baseball and how he observed the power of team chemistry. He noticed sometimes he was on teams with lesser talent that could win against more talented teams simply because they worked better together. Working in the corporate world after baseball, Mike was surprised to learn team chemistry and culture isn’t just a sports thing, it’s a human thing. He’s been on the quest to solve the puzzle of how do we create a winning environment of positive team culture for our teams ever since.


Today the game has changed completely as we’re working from home. We’re more challenged, but team culture is more important than ever.

What can help us create team chemistry better? Mike shares the ideas behind the 4 Pillars:

1. Create Psychological Safety: Group Trust comes from how the leader of the team operates. How do you actually behave when things go wrong or someone makes a mistake? It’s how we respond sets the tone for the team. As a leader, if you don’t operate in a way that allows for error or ask for forgiveness or accept a mistake, then your team definitely won’t. The more a leader is willing to share their humanity with their team then the more likely the team will be to trust their leader.


2. Embrace Sweaty Palm Conversations

“You know what stands between you and the relationships you really want to have with other people? It’s probably a ten minute sweaty palm conversation you’re too afraid to have. If you get good at having those conversations, you’ll build trust, resolve conflict, and you’ll get to know other people who are different than you. If you lean in, you’ll build incredibly strong relationships, but it’s a practice.” – Mike Robbins

Difficult conversations are more like fish than wine—they don’t age well.


Start with the truth—begin with authentic place.

Tell the truth when having a difficult conversation. Be transparent. Own how you’re feeling; address it. It makes sense to say something like “I really don’t want to have this conversation because it’s difficult. However, my relationship with you/the team is more important than how I feel.”


Being a leader means choosing courage over comfort when it really matters.

I’m feeling really uncomfortable, but I want better for us.
Own how you are feeling using “I” statements/“I feel upset because…” I own how I am feeling and I don’t blame you for how I feel.

If we can lead with vulnerability, we’re likely to incite empathy from the other person.


3. Care about and challenge each other—I had a Coach at Stanford who told me that he always believed as a coach. “I have to love you hard so I could coach you hard can we care about each other so that we can push each other to the next level? Care a lot and challenge a lot, but the care has to come first.


We all know what challenging others looks like, but what does it look like to care about people?


Listen to them. Ask them how they are and actually listen.
Appreciate—distinct from recognition—valuing people for who they are, even when they fail. Being curios and interested. You don’t have to like someone to care about them. You don’t have to know about them intimately, it’s about finding that common ground humanity.

Life Hack: How to have better conversations or healthier relationships at work or home? Ask for FEEDBACK—Ask our spouse/kids/co-workers what could I start doing that I’m not doing? What could I stop doing that I’m doing? What should I continue doing?

 

Learn more about Mike or buy one of his five awesome books at mike-robbins.com.

Oct 19, 2020

After the Georgia governor lifted the COVID-19 shelter in place order in May, Jackson Healthcare President, Shane Jackson and his leadership team began putting in place protocols to get the company’s employees back in the office in a safe way. From changing cleaning procedures, cafeteria guidelines and elevator logistics, Jackson Healthcare had countless considerations to make before re-opening its doors. Jackson describes the importance of transparency, about motives and allowing people time to consume the decisions made has been crucial. With so much difficulty in getting people back in the office, Jackson says others told him not to bother. Jackson believes it is important as a leader to have in-person work available for the company because of the mental toll working alone can have on people. Jackson says, “I believe at a minimum one of the kindest things I can do for our associates right now is to provide a safe place for them to socialize and collaborate with their colleagues. Working from home alone made me realize how much I missed people; I didn’t realize what it was doing to me and I’ve had associates tell me the same thing. There is power in being together.” Jackson concludes the ultimate decision of whether a company should go back in person depends on “knowing your people and knowing what’s best for them and the business.” Jackson’s tip for building better conversations and better relationships? “I don’t think you can be present with someone with a phone in your hand.”

 

Oct 12, 2020

On this week’s episode Brandon has a conversation with author, consultant, and host of the Badass Women at Any Age Podcast, Bonnie Marcus. They discuss the ways in which any employee should engage in their organization’s politics, and how women are uniquely challenged in getting ahead in the workplace. Bonnie emphasizes that “playing politics” is really about creating relationships where others understand your values, trust you, and are willing to be your champion. Brandon and Bonnie discuss the adage that  “the three most important conversations about your career happen when you’re not in the room” and what you can do to make sure the outcomes are in your favor.  In order to do this well, one must be a pro at self-advocating? Bonnie emphasizes that everyone, especially women, need to understand how to do it in a way that’s authentic and effective and clearly demonstrates how their work leads to positive business outcomes for their organization.

Sep 28, 2020

Ever wonder what top leader-coaches say to their teams that other leaders don’t? My guest, Bill Eckstrom did. After thousands of studies, he ID’d 4 behaviors that separate the good from the great. It’s a fantastic conversation: listen in!

Sep 21, 2020

Feeling anxious? You’re not the only one these days. Wondering how to cope well and get through these unprecedented times like a champ? My guest, Licensed Counselor Mazi Robinson, offers some great insight and ideas we can do today to make it better.

Sep 14, 2020

“How do I keep my team motivated?” This is the most commonly asked question that I’ve gotten recently and the focus of our show this week! Whether your team is virtual or a front-lines-in-person essential service, keeping them motivated these days is especially challenging. Listen in for some great tips and tricks!

Aug 31, 2020

Today’s podcast is one I recorded with Jeff Myers, Senior Pastor of Roswell Presbyterian Church the week before the pandemic struck. Though the world has changed, the tenets of great leadership have not. Jeff and I discuss how great leaders relate to their audience, train up their people, and provide a non-anxious presence. It’s a great conversation; I hope you’ll listen in!

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