As a therapist, I hear countless stories from clients about the negativity of their workplace.
As a business owner, I understand how hard it is to cultivate a workplace culture that focuses on vulnerability, courage and owning mistakes.
Guilt and shame are strong influences in the workplace and how leaders and employees talk to themselves and each other has a large influence on work culture. Guilt talk sounds like “I made a mistake and I’ll do this differently in the future”. “I’m such a loser, I can’t believe I did that” is an example of shame talk. “What were you thinking?” could be an example of shame talk from one employee to another.
It is also important to normalize failure and mistakes in the workplace. Vulnerability is the birthplace of creativity. Shame gets in the way of vulnerability and creativity. Creating a work culture in which failure and mistakes are normalized will increase creativity and productivity.
As a business owner myself, I have found owning mistakes and failures to be challenging because of my own fears and shame of not being enough…not being a good enough leader, or a good enough business owner. By doing my own work, I have identified my armor that gets in the way of being a good leader and business owner.
Utilizing the work of Brene Brown, I will help you and your employees identify armor, increase creativity and productivity and create a work culture that you and your employees feel good about.
Contact me to learn more about how I can help your business create a culture that is healthy, creative and resilient.