195 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.
Listen in your favorite podcast app: https://pod.link/1480904163

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    • Business
    • 4.4 • 79 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.
Listen in your favorite podcast app: https://pod.link/1480904163

    Dan Ariely on Resilience as the Antidote to Stress

    Dan Ariely on Resilience as the Antidote to Stress

    Dan Ariely is a famed behavioral economist who looks at the irrational, upside-down ways that humans think and act. His recent interests include resilience - something he’s had to build up in his own life after a serious burn accident in his teens. Ariely is a professor at Duke University and the author of bestselling books like “The Upside of Irrationality.” Host Morra Aarons-Mele speaks to him about mental health, human behavior, and overcoming challenges. 

    Watch Dan’s Ted Talks: https://www.ted.com/speakers/dan_ariely
    How a Terrible Accident Inspired Dan Ariely’s Career Path
    How an Injury Led Me to Irrationality

    • 43 min
    Is People Pleasing Hurting Your Career?

    Is People Pleasing Hurting Your Career?

    If you fall into certain people-pleasing behaviors at work, we have news: it’s not just an individual problem. Kathleen Smith, therapist and author of the new book True to You, explains how relationships, family ghosts, and systems inform our behavior in all kinds of ways, both inside and outside of the workplace. She explains how family systems theory is a helpful frame in this context, and how people can break out of their people-pleasing ways. 

    Check out Kathleen’s book: https://www.amazon.com/True-You-Therapists-Pleasing-Yourself-ebook/dp/B0CGRYFPNL

    • 40 min
    More Than Breadwinners: The Mental Health of Working Fathers

    More Than Breadwinners: The Mental Health of Working Fathers

    Just as working mothers increasingly feel pressure from all sides to achieve and be the best family members possible, expectations for fathers have shifted in recent years. But professor Brad Harrington and former TV anchor Liam Martin argue that the ecosystem of support for working fathers hasn’t been formed in the same it has for women. Brad’s research shows that working fathers increasingly feel conflicted about where they should spend their time, and how to manage the expectations society puts on them while balancing their own mental health. Liam shares his own personal story of recently leaving his job to protect his mental health and family’s quality of life. Like many of us, Liam hid his struggles and avoided asking for help. Many people manage "role conflict" - the struggle between being present for family and the need to be successful professionally, which can impact mental health.

    Read Liam’s story of why he walked away from his job: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2024/04/07/liam-martin-fatherhood/

    • 41 min
    Tools and Tricks for Neurodivergent Leaders

    Tools and Tricks for Neurodivergent Leaders

    Clayton Lord breaks the mold of what you might expect someone’s career to look like if they are on the autism spectrum. He’s Director of Programs at the SHRM Foundation and channels his strengths to create insight and order out of complex and messy problems. He also balances that with the fact that he isn’t always first to notice interpersonal issues at work. But he’s developed a tool kit - which includes keeping Post-it notes by his desk with reminders - that helps him achieve success as a leader, a partner, and a father. Lord shares his story of how he moves through a neurotypical world. 

    Learn more about SHRM: https://www.shrm.org/front-door

    • 48 min
    Burnout, Balance, and Why Work From Home Isn’t Working

    Burnout, Balance, and Why Work From Home Isn’t Working

    Shirley Leung is a columnist at the Boston Globe and host of the podcast Say More, and in 2020, she hit “rock bottom.”Being stretched on all sides for years finally took its toll and she realized her work life balance needed a change. Four years later, Shirley went on a quest to better understand how to deal with and prevent burnout at work. In this episode, she talks with host Morra Aarons-Mele about how working from home no longer works for many people, the mental health challenges we still feel post pandemic, and being realistic about our priorities. 

    Listen to Shirley’s burnout series on Say More: https://link.chtbl.com/saymore?sid=anxiousachiever

    The No Club Book: https://www.amazon.com/No-Club-Putting-Womens-Dead-End/dp/1982152338

    • 42 min
    Craig Robinson on Following Your Passion, Forgetting What Others Think, and Bringing out the Best in People

    Craig Robinson on Following Your Passion, Forgetting What Others Think, and Bringing out the Best in People

    Craig Robinson, brother of former First Lady Michelle Obama, is a basketball legend, former NBA executive, coach, and Executive Director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. But he wasn’t always on that path: after playing basketball at Princeton, he ended up spending much of his career in finance before following his true passion. Robinson shares lessons he learned from his family, his insights on getting high performers to stay at their best, and how to keep going in the face of negativity and criticism. 

    Listen to Craig’s podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ways-to-win/id1733309040

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

anxious performer ,

Thank you!

Stumbled upon this podcast and am so glad I did! Great content, insightful and thought provoking. Thank you

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Every episode resonates for me

I’ve been listening to this podcast for awhile and as a leader, I’ve identified with each one; some to the point, where, listening to the interview brought me to tears. I’m so glad that this podcast exists. As a society, we don’t talk about mental health, nearly enough not just at work, but socially, with our families, with her friends. Please keep up this amazing work.

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Packed with actionable insight!

Packed with actionable insight to help you adopt a healthier more empowered mindset.

A must a listen if you value your personal and professional development!

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