Episode #90 Be A Thermostat
Our workplace, household, and organizational cultures don’t exist in a vacuum, but they are created. This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Russell Catania explore what it looks like to be leaders who positively impact the environments around us.
When I come home each day, I don’t know what the mood of the home is going to feel like. Do I adapt to the mood if it’s a little bit tense? Or do I actually begin to turn it and adjust the temperature and the mood?Dr. Michael Brown
- We often spend more energy conforming than we invest leading by example.
- It is difficult to address dysfunction in an environment when we are judging that dysfunction rather than empathizing with it.
- We are not the best versions of ourselves when our emotional temperature is too hot or too cold.
- We can choose the emotional temperature in our private world regardless of the emotional temperature outside.
- We have the power to disrupt a dysfunctional environment with our very presence, to change an unhealthy culture with our choices, and to reverse negativity with our words.
- Peer pressure can be a powerful force for change when we provide positivity and perspective.
- Calmness and contentment can be just as contagious as complaints.
- A thermostat leader motivates others rather than merely attempting to cheer others up.
- Honestly evaluate yourself by considering, “Do I embody the negativity around me? Or do I address it?”
- Take a few deep breaths before entering each new environment to reset your emotional temperature.
- Create weekly and monthly rhythms of affirming, celebrating, and expressing appreciation for others.
In This Episode
Own Your Joy
Happiness comes and goes as our external circumstances ebb and flow, but joy can be present and cultivated even on those days where everything goes wrong. Join Dr. Michael Brown and Amy Seiffert as they describe what it looks like to choose to live a joyful life.
Quit Your Complaining
Every day we encounter unmet expectations and unexpected hassles. On this week’s episode, Dr. Michael Brown and Russell Catania reflect on the simple choice we can make in the midst of inconvenience: grumbling or gratitude.
Write 'Em Up
What if submitting a formal report was not an act of cowardice but of courage, not an act of retaliation but of reconciliation? This week, Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Justin Brown encourage us to lean into difficult conversations and offer an alternative for when we fail to speak up.