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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.
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The Anxious Achiever LinkedIn

    • Business
    • 4.7 • 523 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

    Thinkers50: Can We Banish Burnout?

    Thinkers50: Can We Banish Burnout?

    Burnout doesn’t come on because of weakness, and it doesn’t come about overnight. Many of us are walking around with some degree of burnout! On the flip side, it takes more than a vacation or loving your job to solve the problem. In this special Thinkers50 episode, host Morra Aarons-Mele explores some of the ways companies and individuals can more effectively avoid burnout and put in place more mentally healthy systems. She speaks with Alyson Meister, a professor at IMD Business School, Jon Jachimowicz, assistant professor at Harvard Business School, and Basima Tewfik, assistant professor at MIT Sloan School of Management.

    Learn more about Alyson: https://www.imd.org/faculty/professors/alyson-meister/

    Learn more about Jon: https://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Pages/profile.aspx?facId=1175257

    Learn more about Basima: https://mitsloan.mit.edu/faculty/directory/basima-tewfik

    Learn more about Thinkers50: https://thinkers50.com/

    • 57 min
    Thinkers50: Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy, Start Being Your Best Friend

    Thinkers50: Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy, Start Being Your Best Friend

    As part of a month long series with Thinkers50 and The Silicon Guild, in this episode host Morra Aarons-Mele explores constructive ways we can improve our relationship with ourselves, instead of always being our harshest critic. She’s joined by Duke Professor Sanyin Siang, Lenny Mendoca, Senior Partner Emeritus at McKinsey, and Palo Alto City Council Member Julie Lythcott-Haims to talk about ways to change your self talk and your work. 

    Learn more about Sanyin: https://centers.fuqua.duke.edu/cole/team_profiles/sanyin-siang/

    Hear our past episode with Lenny: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/breaking-the-stigma-of-mental-health-for-men-in-business/id1480904163?i=1000601243370

    Hear our past episode with Julie: https://podcasts.apple.com/in/podcast/how-to-stop-the-cycle-of-overachieving/id1480904163?i=1000479076732

    Learn more about Thinkers50: https://thinkers50.com/

    • 55 min
    Thinkers50: Improving Work, Improving Mental Health (For Everyone)

    Thinkers50: Improving Work, Improving Mental Health (For Everyone)

    What are some of the most important management ideas out there in today’s world? Thinkers50 is an organization that aims to identify and share these important ideas day in and day out, and all month long host Morra Aarons-Mele is partnering with Thinkers50 and The Silicon Guild for a series of roundtable talks about mental health and work. In this episode, she speaks with Columbia Business School’s Rita McGrath, Copenhagen Business School’s Poornima Luthra, and entrepreneur Andrew Barnes, founder of the Four Day Week Movement, about rethinking how we work to improve mental health for everyone. 

    Learn more about Rita: https://www.ritamcgrath.com/

    Learn more about Poornima: https://www.talented.dk/

    Learn more about Andrew: https://www.4dayweek.com/andrew-barnes

    Learn more about Thinkers50: https://thinkers50.com/

    • 54 min
    When Anxiety Sneaks Up on You, Try Something Different

    When Anxiety Sneaks Up on You, Try Something Different

    Imagine you are having an anxious moment at work. Instead of letting yourself slip into old patterns of negative thoughts or self-criticisms, today’s guest says you can take a step back and try something new: maybe moving around, going out for lunch, drinking some water - but definitely not doom scrolling. 

    Emma Seppala is a lecturer at Yale and author of the book Sovereign: Reclaim Your Freedom, Energy, and Power in a Time of Distraction, Uncertainty, and Chaos. In this episode, she explains behavior changes that can make a big difference in your career. 

    Check out Emma’s book here: https://www.amazon.com/Sovereign-Reclaim-Freedom-Distraction-Uncertainty/dp/1401975062

    • 31 min
    Are You And Your Employer In An Abusive Relationship?

    Are You And Your Employer In An Abusive Relationship?

    Burnout culture is everywhere - case in point, a lawsuit brought against Goldman Sachs earlier this year by a former employee claiming that the relentless workload required by the firm led to heart problems and depression. The firm’s response was of particular note to Sarah Green Carmichael, a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. 

    In this LinkedIn Live, Sarah joins Morra as well as Cali Williams Yost, founder and CEO of Flex+Strategy Group, to discuss the interplay between company culture and individual experience and behavior, as it relates to our mental health. 

    For further reading, check out Cali’s book: https://www.amazon.com/Work-Life-Cali-Williams-Yost-ebook/dp/B001R9DHXK?ref_=ast_author_dp

    And Sarah Green Carmichael’s columns: https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/authors/AUKfbdj7jH8/sarah-green-carmichael

    • 39 min
    Mental Health Literacy Can Change Lives - and Careers

    Mental Health Literacy Can Change Lives - and Careers

    There was a time when everyone masked their mental and emotional struggles at work; or worse, didn’t even know that what they were experiencing might be anxiety, depression, or something similar. In this episode, host Morra Aarons-Mele first speaks with Kent Coules, co-publisher at Hawaii Business Magazine, about his long career in media, his path to sobriety, and what he learned about drinking and anxiety along the way. Then, she speaks with Donna Volpitta, co-founder of The Mental Health Literacy Collaborative, about how important it is for adults - and kids K-12 - to better understand mental health.

    • 55 min

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Kac971 ,

My Favorite Podcast!

I am subscribed to several podcasts, but this is the one I look forward to the most. It’s most helpful as my anxiety increased as I was working on my master’s degree, working in a stressful banking environment, and single parenting two children. Thank you for all you do!

Wags Pet Club - Violet ,

Thank you!

The episode with Farnoosh Torabi hit me so hard, in all the good ways. Thank you to both for this topic.

ADAlbers ,

“wokism” will lose listeners

As a Gen X Latin female who has navigated decades of varied corporate cultures, you offer good advice that for some people gets lost in being “women of color”, and being a younger generation that lacks experience in prior decades. Everyone struggles in a corporate environment including white men, especially today.
To speak as an authority, one should be inclusive with their advice.

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