The Workplace Therapist Show Interview: What to Say When You Talk to Yourself

Brandon Smith is a therapist, professor, consultant and radio host, who brings an upbeat, witty approach to the challenges of workplace health and dysfunction. He and Tish explore the 7 emotions from the HeadTrash series. Tish also shares three specific steps leaders can take to overcome thoughts of insecurity—among other negative emotions—when they become unchecked.

Some of the topics discussed:

  • An introduction to the 7 HeadTrash emotions
  • The emotion of guilt and the repercussions on decision making when unchecked
  • The emotion most prevalent in leaders today
  • Three steps for leaders to overcome insecurity
  • The importance of team chemistry
  • The “invisible zipper”
  • The importance of self-awareness

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The belief that keeping a tight rein on every aspect of the business will ensure its long-term success. This belief is a fallacy because as the business grows, it is impossible for one leader to do it all- it’s impractical, it’s unsustainable, and it’s certainly no way to scale your business for growth.

Control triggers other types of Headtrash (insecurity, paranoia, fear) in a leader’s colleagues. With limited opportunity to express their talents, employees may start to doubt themselves. “Why doesn’t my boss think I can handle this? There must be something I’m not doing right.”

Passive aggressiveness and micro-management are two of the very common forms of the HeadTrash of Control.