34 episodes

Host Morra Aarons-Mele is on a mission to reframe how we think about anxiety and mental health in the workplace. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. We desperately need better models for leadership and a more holistic view of mental health. Our culture tells those of us who suffer from anxiety and depression that we can’t succeed but we tell a different story — without sugarcoating the tough stuff. We feature stories from people who’ve been there and experts who can help you thrive.

The views expressed on this podcast are those of its hosts, guests, and callers, and not those of Harvard Business Review.

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    • Management
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

Host Morra Aarons-Mele is on a mission to reframe how we think about anxiety and mental health in the workplace. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. We desperately need better models for leadership and a more holistic view of mental health. Our culture tells those of us who suffer from anxiety and depression that we can’t succeed but we tell a different story — without sugarcoating the tough stuff. We feature stories from people who’ve been there and experts who can help you thrive.

The views expressed on this podcast are those of its hosts, guests, and callers, and not those of Harvard Business Review.

    Why Learning to Label Your Feelings Makes You a Better Leader

    Why Learning to Label Your Feelings Makes You a Better Leader

    Many managers and leaders misunderstand what emotional intelligence really means, despite the trendiness of the phrase. Marc Brackett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, urges leaders to learn to understand themselves and their teams using a Mood Meter, a tool he developed to help people explain their emotions.

    • 36 min
    Notes to My Future Manager Self

    Notes to My Future Manager Self

    Priska Neely, the new Managing Editor of NPR’s Gulf States newsroom, has always wanted to manage people, and she’s long thought about the best way to communicate and lead. As a Black woman, she’s also been writing about organizations and race throughout the past year. Neely joins host Morra Aarons-Mele to talk about how anxiety makes her a better manager and how she injects empathy into hard conversations at work.

    • 36 min
    Art Critic Jerry Saltz’s Reckoning with Trauma and Anxiety

    Art Critic Jerry Saltz’s Reckoning with Trauma and Anxiety

    Early on in the pandemic, Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Jerry Saltz wrote a piece about his unusual eating habits that grabbed the attention of many with anxiety, depression, or just Covid-related sadness. In the essay, Saltz recounts a lifetime of using food to cope with trauma and anxiety – until art helped him find a new path forward. In this conversation, he tells host Morra Aarons-Mele how his pursuit of work and paring life down to basics helped him manage trauma and anxiety and find a life he loves.

    • 36 min
    How a Rising Political Star’s PTSD Fueled His Addiction to Work

    How a Rising Political Star’s PTSD Fueled His Addiction to Work

    Jason Kander was on track to be a major force in American politics. But for him, working – and succeeding – was a way to escape the pain of PTSD and depression, after his military service in Afghanistan. Kander had to step away from his career to focus on therapy and healing.

    • 40 min
    How the Cult of Sleep-Deprivation Affects Work and Mental Health

    How the Cult of Sleep-Deprivation Affects Work and Mental Health

    Many high-powered jobs require people to work long hours and give up sleep. But for people who suffer from anxiety and depression, lack of sleep can also create downward spirals that make those issues worse. Sleep researcher Christopher Barnes, an associate professor of management at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, explains how sleep deprivation can affect your mental health – and your career.

    • 32 min
    How to Stop the Cycle of Overachieving

    How to Stop the Cycle of Overachieving

    Many people who end up in prestigious careers choose their professions, consciously or subconsciously, in order to seek the approval of others. But that can create depression and anxiety. Host Morra Aarons-Mele speaks with author Julie Lythcott-Haims about her journey from a childhood filled with pressure to succeed, to becoming a corporate lawyer, to becoming a dean at Stanford, where she tried to guide young people into paths that truly fit them.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Marezuls ,

You may be anxious, but you’re awesome

This podcast makes me feel uniquely accepted. Not normal, but makes me think about the positives of being diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder. It may mean I ruminate and worry, but also means I think ahead and solve problems others don’t realise are problems!

It’s a great format, and the fact it’s in the context of work helps make high achieving anxious persons feel, for lack of a better word, “normal”. Thank you for making it.

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