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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.

The Anxious Achiever Harvard Business Review

    • Management
    • 4.7 • 350 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.

    Bonus: Finding a New Balance with Esther Perel

    Bonus: Finding a New Balance with Esther Perel

    After a year of collective trauma and private losses, stress, and heartbreaks, how do we even start to think about returning to a more normal working environment? Morra Aarons-Mele speaks with famed therapist Esther Perel about how workers and leaders can rebound after the Covid-19 pandemic and take away lessons that we never forget.

    • 31 min
    Bonus: How to Stop Remote Work Burnout

    Bonus: How to Stop Remote Work Burnout

    Host Morra Aarons-Mele speaks with the TED Business podcast about how she protects her energy and boundaries while working remotely.

    • 9 min
    Succeeding with ADHD

    Succeeding with ADHD

    A military pilot, an entrepreneur, and a business professor discuss how they cope with their ADHD, how it’s helped them be successful in their careers, and what they’ve learned about managing neurodiverse people.

    • 42 min
    Understanding Envy Part 2: Facing Professional Envy

    Understanding Envy Part 2: Facing Professional Envy

    Tanya Menon, a professor at Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University, says envy comes up a lot in the workplace – though it’s often misunderstood. But she says we can learn to draw good boundaries to better handle competition, fear, and jealousy in our careers. It’s the second episode in our two-part mini-series on envy at work.

    • 32 min
    Understanding Envy Part 1: How Envy Impacts Anxiety and Leadership

    Understanding Envy Part 1: How Envy Impacts Anxiety and Leadership

    Executive coach Nihar Chhaya explains how envy, FOMO, and the illusion of scarcity can contribute to anxiety and depression, and how leaders can cope. It’s part one of our two-part mini-series on envy at work.

    • 34 min
    Lessons in Uncertainty, Anxiety, and Resilience

    Lessons in Uncertainty, Anxiety, and Resilience

    Journalist and author Aarti Shahani tells host Morra Aarons-Mele how she managed overwhelming uncertainty during her father’s 14-year legal battle and channeled her anxiety into productive work. Later, her anxiety also fueled her voracious drive for career success.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
350 Ratings

350 Ratings

C.E.1120 ,

Amazing!!!

This Podcast has been so helpful for me and sheds light on obstacles I encounter everyday as an anxious creative leader. I look forward to more episodes!

AnxiousListener828 ,

Music

Hello - I really enjoy this podcast. It’s great, and I learn a lot from it. However, I really don’t like the background music. It sounds ominous and a little scary. As someone who already feels anxiety, the music does not calm me down. I suggest something a little more soothing.

bexsthein ,

Life changing

My entire life I viewed my add/anxiety as an impediment to my ability to do well at work or at home. This podcast taught me to shift my perspective away from the things I cannot change but instead ways that I can take advantage of the traits associated with add/anxiety. Play on them as strengths and learn what to look for in my team members to determine where they are at and promote a safe space for them to be vulnerable. Because it’s hard for all us.

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