Refreshing Leadership

Kate Brassington

Welcome to Refreshing Leadership, the podcast that explores the intersection of neuroscience, leadership, and purpose. Dive into the world of trauma-informed leadership coaching and harness its wisdom to navigate uncertainty with confidence.


Practical information, reflections, and wisdom brought together by your host, Kate, a Coaching Psychologist and Trauma-Informed Leadership Coach. She is your guide and companion as we unpick what trauma is; and what it is not; and explore how it shows up in individuals, families, and communities; and most of all, how this wisdom can help us all be better leaders for our time.

Step into the world of Refreshing Leadership, the podcast where purpose, trust, and connection matter.

read less
Health & FitnessHealth & Fitness
EducationEducation
Mental HealthMental Health
Self-ImprovementSelf-Improvement

Episodes

S2: 35 Highs, Lows, and What Is Next? Season 2 recap with Rob Lawrence, Podcast Producer
May 17 2024
S2: 35 Highs, Lows, and What Is Next? Season 2 recap with Rob Lawrence, Podcast Producer
Aaand, that’s a wrap! Season 2 is complete, with 35 episodes in the can and downloaded (so far) 4,198 times! Thank you so, so much, to everyone who listened, discussed, shared, messaged me, and absorbed some of this information into your life!Podcast Producer Rob Lawrence sits in the interview seat for this one, extracting all sorts of home truths from me about what it’s been like for me to host this season, the journey its taken me on, and what might be coming up next.Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in the episode:Behind the Scenes with Rob: Rob discusses the intricate balancing act required behind the podcast, and how he experiences each episode raw, through his ears.Rebranding Journey: Yes, I renamed the podcast mid-season. He told me not to. We clear this one up!Spotlight on Unexpected Journeys: Rob shares his admiration for guests like Hannah Shergold, who transitioned from being a veterinarian and a military helicopter pilot to becoming a celebrated artist. We discuss the personal breakthroughs and leadership lessons derived from the diverse life paths of the guests this season.The Essence of Authenticity: Rob emphasizes authenticity in podcasting – how spontaneous, profound dialogues foster a genuine connection with our audience and can really make a big difference to life’s struggles.Reflections on Leadership and Mental Health: Podcasts are an awesome slow and long-form content for people really intending to learn new things that will make a difference. Podcasts in mental health are no exception and this one is having a big impact.Future of the Podcast: Looking ahead, what is next?11:01 Understanding and acknowledging trauma in everyday life.11:50 Realization of podcast's leadership focus and growth.17:43 Sharing digested knowledge, wisdom, ethical business, costs.27:25 Curiosity about benefits and personal impact of podcasts.32:53 Podcast's exciting risk element and human insights.37:07 Podcast pauses create a reflective, intimate experience.44:10 Unexpected standout episode, brilliant role model.50:24 Edgy question led to talk about change.57:28 Younger generation helping others find language. Leadership.01:04:09 Transitioning to website as main professional platform.And go to the companion blog here.Check out Rob and his business Podcast Plus Ltd here.#TraumaInformedLeadership #RefreshingLeadership #RefreshingLeadershipPodcast #CoachingPsychology #KnowDifferentBeDifferentIf you enjoyed this or found it useful please subscribe on the show website, https://refreshingleadership.buzzsprout.com/ You can listen on most platforms, or scroll through all the episodes on my website here. I write a companion blog to each episode - they are all on my website here. Do please share this link, and if you'd like, give it a rating or leave a review (wherever you listen) will help the podcast reach more people.Thank you!To continue the conversation go to:Website: https://katebrassington.com/ (where you can easily message me)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-brassington/Twitter: https://twitter.com/katebrassingto3Email: kate@katebrassington.com
S2.34:  Passionate About Positive Leadership! With Chartered Coaching Psychologist, Cornelia Lucey
May 10 2024
S2.34: Passionate About Positive Leadership! With Chartered Coaching Psychologist, Cornelia Lucey
Meet Cornelia Lucey, Chartered Coaching Psychologist, business owner, leadership coach, and author of a Routledge-published book - Positive Leadership in Practice: A Model for Our Future.Although Cornelia and I are fellow alumni, I had never had a chat with her in person (ok, on zoom), and after reading her book I was delighted to get over an hour with her all to myself. She was thoroughly iinspiring to talk to and I hope you enjoy the conversation!Here's a quick preview of what we discussed:**Groundwork in Trauma-Informed Leadership:** Cornelia opens up about the significance of understanding trauma responses in the workplace—insightful for anyone aspiring to lead with empathy (or do we mean compassion)!**Resilience as a Skill:** We agreed that deep in the fabric of our nervous systems, leaders can cultivate resilience, not just in themselves but across their teams.**Embracing Emotional Agility:** Learn how your emotional responses can shape your leadership style and the overarching health of your organization.**The Science of Safety:** Cornelia breaks down polyvagal theory in a practical manner, showing how safety and connectivity are critical to effective leadership.**Leadership Refresh:** It's time to rethink what effective leadership looks like in the modern world. Cornelia proposes a fresh model that emphasizes human-centric values and empowerment.**Self-Care Reimagined:** We tackle the often-neglected aspect of leadership—self-care. Not just for crisis management, but as an integral part of day-to-day resilience.Some timestamps:00:00 Organizational psychologist's mission: improve leadership quality.05:21 Transitioned from teaching to global leadership development.13:23 Leadership focused on people, strengths, and abundance.20:30 Human experience in work and polyvagal theory.23:52 Adapt communication to others' emotional states.29:46 Human evolution shapes understanding of psychological health.35:54 Building resilience through empathy and support.41:18 Understanding connections, values, and strengths in leadership.48:46 Prioritizing self-care.50:49 Focusing on human behavior for high performance.👉 Want more from Cornelia?CLPL website: www.cornelialucey.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cornelialuceyPositive Leadership book: https://www.cornelialucey.com/the-bookIf you enjoyed this or found it useful please subscribe on the show website, https://refreshingleadership.buzzsprout.com/ You can listen on most platforms, or scroll through all the episodes on my website here. I write a companion blog to each episode - they are all on my website here. Do please share this link, and if you'd like, give it a rating or leave a review (wherever you listen) will help the podcast reach more people.Thank you!To continue the conversation go to:Website: https://katebrassington.com/ (where you can easily message me)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-brassington/Twitter: https://twitter.com/katebrassingto3Email: kate@katebrassington.com
S2.33:  Trauma is Already Outside the Box; But Are You Still Thinking Inside the Box? A Primer for Refreshing Leaders
May 3 2024
S2.33: Trauma is Already Outside the Box; But Are You Still Thinking Inside the Box? A Primer for Refreshing Leaders
This is the first time I’ve created an episode where I’m connecting you back to one of the very first episodes on this podcast, launched around a year ago. Trauma remains widely misunderstood. It is put in a box and left in a corner for therapists and psychiatrists to deal with. But this only reflects a very small portion of people. Most people affected by trauma are in our villages, communities, towns, workplaces. This episode is for you to get acquainted with the idea that trauma is transdiagnostic… it no longer fits into a neat diagnostic “box”.It is way outside that box, and you can get up to speed right now!02:00 Holding space for others.05:29 Impact of modern world on human evolution.07:08 Promoting awareness for inclusion and compassionate leadership.10:30 Understanding trauma for better mental health recovery.13:21 Nervous system freeze in extreme survival situations.18:35 Navigating societal pressure: trauma reactions and norms.21:02 Importance of allyship and understanding nervous system.26:51 Overcoming trauma, exploring various therapeutic modalities. The podcast episode is largely informed by the fantastic essay "Trauma Needs a Rebrand - Trauma, Psychedelics, Limitations of Our Existing Models, and Exciting Alternatives" by Liam Farquhar that I highly recommend you read too! To read the companion blog that goes with this episode click here If you enjoyed this or found it useful please subscribe on the show website, https://refreshingleadership.buzzsprout.com/ You can listen on most platforms, or scroll through all the episodes on my website here. I write a companion blog to each episode - they are all on my website here. Do please share this link, and if you'd like, give it a rating or leave a review (wherever you listen) will help the podcast reach more people.Thank you!To continue the conversation go to:Website: https://katebrassington.com/ (where you can easily message me)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-brassington/Twitter: https://twitter.com/katebrassingto3Email: kate@katebrassington.com
S2.32:  Credible, Fast-Talking, Fascinating; A Kitchen-Table Chat With Dr Natalie Lancer, Chair of BPS Division of Coaching Psychology
Apr 26 2024
S2.32: Credible, Fast-Talking, Fascinating; A Kitchen-Table Chat With Dr Natalie Lancer, Chair of BPS Division of Coaching Psychology
This episode is a quick, energising and inspiring canter through the fields of coaching psychology, existentialism, neuroscience, leadership, and what it is like to be a senior leader inside the Division of Coaching Psychology! Dr. Natalie Lancer is absolutely a role model for me as she unashamedly brings a blend of psychology expertise to sit alongside deep knowledge and understanding not just through the eyes of professionals, but real-life people. As you can imagine I was especially interested to hear her thoughts on the emerging field of trauma-informed coaching alongside her deep dive knowledge of existentialism. I loved that I (mostly) could keep up with Dr Natalie, and her generosity and vulnerability in what she said. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I did!A snapshot of what we cover:Dynamic Leadership; how to be available and really listen to a huge group of people.Unblocking Progress: The hilarious analogy of Dr Natalie’s “inner plumber” leadership qualities, her natural skill as a connector, and how she drives change for progress.Coaching for Now: the magic of what happens in coaching psychology practice.Ethics and Adaptation: The vital role of ethical codes and ongoing professional development which coaching psychologists take very seriously.Academic Vs. Applied Balance: The tension (or blend) between academic precision and real-time client communication in the leadership field.Some timestamps:00:00 Differing perspectives on existentialism and psychology.07:03 Coaching psychologists have diverse backgrounds and roles.13:52 Balancing academic language with practical client communication.16:00 Using metaphor and heuristic to communicate knowledge.22:15 Coaching academic leaders in unique leadership challenges.26:27 Finding connections between coaching and different backgrounds.29:25 Questioning expertise, critical reading, knowledge evaluation.32:38 Integrating CPD into practice requires courage.41:37 Positive experiences.52:18 Chair of Senate at BPS, representing others.You can read more from Natalie including her books, research papers and more, on her website, and you can message her on LinkedIn.Read my companion blog to this episode on my website here.#TraumaInformedLeadership #RefreshingLeadership #RefreshingLeadershipPodcast #CoachingPsychology #KnowDifferentBeDifferent© 2024 Refreshing Leadership Podcast. All rights reserved.If you enjoyed this or found it useful please subscribe on the show website, https://refreshingleadership.buzzsprout.com/ You can listen on most platforms, or scroll through all the episodes on my website here. I write a companion blog to each episode - they are all on my website here. Do please share this link, and if you'd like, give it a rating or leave a review (wherever you listen) will help the podcast reach more people.Thank you!To continue the conversation go to:Website: https://katebrassington.com/ (where you can easily message me)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-brassington/Twitter: https://twitter.com/katebrassingto3Email: kate@katebrassington.com
S2.31:  Contradict Yourself! Identify Where You Disagree With Yourself To Unlock Creativity
Apr 19 2024
S2.31: Contradict Yourself! Identify Where You Disagree With Yourself To Unlock Creativity
We are not mono-mind… and we do not think just one thing on any topic… but what about when you radically disagree with yourself? In psychology these are called “polarities” - opinions or thoughts that are literally polar opposites. Often they are pathologised and people try to get rid of them.But did you know that this is an area of potential creativity you can set your mind to explore?A great example I heard recently is the core of Gore-Tex technology – think breathable yet waterproof. These two polar opposites combine to make an extraordinary fabric used the world over.If you are tussling over a gritty issue in your mind, this episode is for you! Did you know there's a companion blog to each episode? Find this one here!Here's a snapshot of what you'll discover:The Inner Tug-of-War: The power of polarities – those annoying inner contradictions that can lead to innovation.Behind the Contradictions: I share a practical exercise I learnt recently from Been Sharma https://instituteofcoaching.org/author/sharma-beena.Archetypes and Inner Voices: I take this further and share how you can look beyond mere strengths and get into character archetypes as a way of more clearly hearing and noticing the diverse voices in our head.Curiosity: Fire up your inner observer (the watcher at the back of the room of your mind, the one that listens to your thoughts all day long) and learn how to observe your own thoughts for insights and clarity.Timestamps:01:00 Exploring archetypes to understand polarities more.04:20 Internal conflict can lead to frustration, weariness.07:30 Freud and Jung show subconscious affects conscious decisions.10:48 Balancing business roles and avoiding distractions.16:13 Explore polarity management map for personal growth.17:49 The struggle between organization and progress.20:59 Work with me to improve mental health.#TraumaInformedLeadership #RefreshingLeadership #RefreshingLeadershipPodcast #CoachingPsychology #KnowDifferentBeDifferentIf you enjoyed this or found it useful please subscribe on the show website, https://refreshingleadership.buzzsprout.com/ You can listen on most platforms, or scroll through all the episodes on my website here. I write a companion blog to each episode - they are all on my website here. Do please share this link, and if you'd like, give it a rating or leave a review (wherever you listen) will help the podcast reach more people.Thank you!To continue the conversation go to:Website: https://katebrassington.com/ (where you can easily message me)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-brassington/Twitter: https://twitter.com/katebrassingto3Email: kate@katebrassington.com
S2.30: Mission-Led Content from a Young Age? Meet Author Gracie Barry and her Entrepreneur Mum Lisa
Apr 12 2024
S2.30: Mission-Led Content from a Young Age? Meet Author Gracie Barry and her Entrepreneur Mum Lisa
Gracie Barry was 10 years old when she had a sudden idea, fully formed, about a Slime Ball Anxiety Monster called Jeff, who lives in her head, and ruins otherwise perfectly good days.Within a couple of days, Jeff the manuscript had helped her explain anxiety to a doctor in a way she’d never managed before. It began to help the whole family find words to describe a thing that no-one can see.And mum Lisa, already an established Mission-Led Content expert and business owner, had an idea. Along came Helen Hill, illustrator, and that was that!Gracie is still shy, but she chattered away off camera to me, and you can hear her tell us about Jeff for the first part of the podcast. Then we get some time with Lisa who herself is a thoroughly fun person and definitely an atypical leader!Some highlights:Child's Voice in Mental Health: Gracie shares her story of using 'Jeff' as a tool to articulate her anxiety, propelling her narrative into a helpful children's book.Evolutionary Business: Hear how Lisa turned the nightmare of redundancy during pregnancy into a tale of growth and tenacity for success.Shy Leaders: Lisa shares her initially reluctant journey to accepting her identity as a leader and the owner of her endeavors.Mission-Led Academia: Discover Lisa's conscious communication approach to writing anything (especially about mission-led business)!Here are some timestamps:04:43 When Jeff first explained Anxiety as a climbing slime ball.13:03 Getting book in UK, feeling like real author.17:00 Struggling with traditional leadership roles and perceptions.19:46 Choosing words carefully shapes our lives.25:06 Challenges in life lead to diverse paths.31:28 The Mission-Led Content Academy offers ongoing support for growth.37:02 Acknowledge small steps, avoid pressure of comparison.45:16 Mental health support for leaders and teams.Read the blog that accompanies this episode here. Buy the book! Funds will go towards the illustrator Helen, touring schools talking to kids about how to bring their ideas to life on a page!Lisa’s website is great, also check out her facebook page where you can get to know her and her Mission-Led Content Village Check out Author-Illustrator Helen Hill#TraumaInformedLeadership #RefreshingLeadership If you enjoyed this or found it useful please subscribe on the show website, https://refreshingleadership.buzzsprout.com/ You can listen on most platforms, or scroll through all the episodes on my website here. I write a companion blog to each episode - they are all on my website here. Do please share this link, and if you'd like, give it a rating or leave a review (wherever you listen) will help the podcast reach more people.Thank you!To continue the conversation go to:Website: https://katebrassington.com/ (where you can easily message me)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-brassington/Twitter: https://twitter.com/katebrassingto3Email: kate@katebrassington.com
S2.29:  Strengthening Minds: Nature-Based Learning for Child Well-being
Apr 5 2024
S2.29: Strengthening Minds: Nature-Based Learning for Child Well-being
We know that hunter-gatherer societies are where our human evolution is still at. We know that we have not evolved at the speed that modern technology has so rapidly changed the world we live in. We know that in terms of human evolution, hunter-gatherer societies were simply one tiny gene shift away.The group most impacted by this is children in schools, with modern high-stakes exams, sitting at desks, and highly structured environments. Humans simply didn’t evolve to learn best by a single adult instructing a same-age group of children. We evolved to learn by play, example, and practice. Happily, even small changes can make a difference. In this episode I share my experiences as a parent volunteer chaperone at our International School of Luxembourg’s Nature-Based Learning for Well-Being program, on a wonderful day out recently.Here's a sneak peek: How independent learning outdoors can bolster social and emotional confidence.The connections I see between trauma-informed spaces, neurodiversity, and their collective importance in shaping supportive environments.I share a little what I’ve learned recently about the evolutionary biology that is thought to underpin ADHD, that challenges the traditional medical narratives.Movement in learning isn't just beneficial, it's essential — echoing the natural ways our hunter-gatherer ancestors learned and thrived.Some timestamps:00:00 Modern life causing high stress.06:27 Living in urban environments as “evolutionary mismatch”.09:00 Neurodivergence.11:38 Research on ADHD and hunter-gatherer societies.16:32 Adding movement improves focus and learning.22:45 Dogs in schools.26:10 Embracing neurodiversity and trauma-informed approaches.To follow ISL on facebook, use this link: https://www.facebook.com/ISLux/#TraumaInformedLeadership #RefreshingLeadership #RefreshingLeadershipPodcast #CoachingPsychology #KnowDifferentBeDifferentIf you enjoyed this or found it useful please subscribe on the show website, https://refreshingleadership.buzzsprout.com/ You can listen on most platforms, or scroll through all the episodes on my website here. I write a companion blog to each episode - they are all on my website here. Do please share this link, and if you'd like, give it a rating or leave a review (wherever you listen) will help the podcast reach more people.Thank you!To continue the conversation go to:Website: https://katebrassington.com/ (where you can easily message me)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-brassington/Twitter: https://twitter.com/katebrassingto3Email: kate@katebrassington.com
S2.28:  Thriving Teams: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Resilient Leadership with Julia Vaughan-Smith, Master Executive Coach & Supervisor
Mar 28 2024
S2.28: Thriving Teams: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Resilient Leadership with Julia Vaughan-Smith, Master Executive Coach & Supervisor
I had the privilege of engaging with Julia Vaughan-Smith, one of the pioneers of trauma-informed coaching, in whose footsteps I am trying to follow. Julia is an author of several books based on her experience as a psychotherapist and executive coach. She has spent years training other coaches in walking this often grey area between coaching and therapy - after all, if someone is truly a leader, they must bring their whole self into it, and this can demand some healing. Here's a taster of what we cover:Trauma and the Brain: Julia sheds light on the critical intersection between trauma, neurodivergence, and coaching—beyond diagnoses.Creating Safe Spaces: The art of fostering safe environments that honor clients' past experiences and support their present ambitions.The Shadow of Protection: The balance of boundaries and the sometimes hidden aspects of the protector's role in leadership.Innovative Engagement: Julia and I chat about the unconventional tools we use to connect with clients—even through the virtual interface of Zoom.Pioneering Pathways: From psychotherapy to writing, Julia shares her transformative journey, offering wisdom for emerging leaders.Embracing Uncertainty: The beauty of maintaining a learner's mindset in coaching.Curiosity Over Diagnosis: The crucial difference between coaching and psychotherapy, as we emphasize presence over labels.Flexibility in Goals: Inquiry into why intentions might sometimes serve clients better than rigid goals.Leading from Within: Leaders are invited to consider the importance of nurturing their mental health for the benefit of their entire team.Julia maintains the stance that continuing education and good supervision are vital components in preventing practitioner burnout and client misguidance. This episode not only serves as an enlightening guide for leaders and coaches but also reinforces the undervalued aspect of self-care in leadership roles.Here are some timestamps:06:22 Importance of trauma awareness in coaching sessions.09:15 Discussing importance of exploring past experiences in therapy.14:28 Approach client with gentle curiosity, avoid assumptions.16:58 Coaching school introduced new approach, challenges accountability.20:58 Encouraging neurodivergence growth and understanding, coaching future.25:00 Recognize and explore patterns, change and safety.26:29 Different views on safety in medical practice.30:58 Understanding system dynamics crucial for coaching executives.35:07 Leadership development work remains essential for growth.36:44 Self-awareness crucial for effective leadership and decision-making.41:33 Retired from psychotherapy and online teaching, writing book.43:46 "You are a role model, breaking ground."To continue the conversation with Julia you can read her books, such as https://www.If you enjoyed this or found it useful please subscribe on the show website, https://refreshingleadership.buzzsprout.com/ You can listen on most platforms, or scroll through all the episodes on my website here. I write a companion blog to each episode - they are all on my website here. Do please share this link, and if you'd like, give it a rating or leave a review (wherever you listen) will help the podcast reach more people.Thank you!To continue the conversation go to:Website: https://katebrassington.com/ (where you can easily message me)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-brassington/Twitter: https://twitter.com/katebrassingto3Email: kate@katebrassington.com
S2: 27. A Big Birthday! and What's Next?!: Mid-Season Reflections on Refreshing Leadership Podcast
Mar 22 2024
S2: 27. A Big Birthday! and What's Next?!: Mid-Season Reflections on Refreshing Leadership Podcast
It was my Big Birthday last week! Celebrating with family in Ireland, plus a swim in the sea and various other rituals was making me reflect so much on life, and the meaning in, and OF life, that I just had to share some of this with you all!Passage of My Time: 50 years ago it was 1974 (a great vintage though I may say so!)… and 50 years before that it was 1924. My grandparents were in their teens, and life was incredibly different. What will life be like in 50 years time?Passage of Time in this Podcast: I wander through the library of podcast episodes that we’ve had since my last review in the autumn. From shattering norms to crafting personal vision and leadership through spirituality, we've certainly got stuck into topics that challenge old leadership paradigms. What’s Next?Stay tuned for upcoming episodes on psychedelics in trauma recovery, aging, and even a chat with an 8-year-old author on anxiety. Join me as we explore the world of leadership, coaching psychology, and so much more. Timestamps:00:00 Reflecting on time's continuity and personal significance.03:53 Podcast born from reflective exercise, sharing wisdom.10:16 Winter meditation, empathy, leadership, and psychedelics discussed.13:24 Exciting future ahead in neuroscience of leadership#TraumaInformedLeadership #RefreshingLeadership #RefreshingLeadershipPodcast #CoachingPsychology #KnowDifferentBeDifferentIf you enjoyed this or found it useful please subscribe on the show website, https://refreshingleadership.buzzsprout.com/ You can listen on most platforms, or scroll through all the episodes on my website here. I write a companion blog to each episode - they are all on my website here. Do please share this link, and if you'd like, give it a rating or leave a review (wherever you listen) will help the podcast reach more people.Thank you!To continue the conversation go to:Website: https://katebrassington.com/ (where you can easily message me)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-brassington/Twitter: https://twitter.com/katebrassingto3Email: kate@katebrassington.com
S2: 26. Plant-Medicine Strength: Embracing Softness in a Hard World with Combat Veteran Keith Abraham. CEO Heroic Hearts UK
Mar 15 2024
S2: 26. Plant-Medicine Strength: Embracing Softness in a Hard World with Combat Veteran Keith Abraham. CEO Heroic Hearts UK
I’m delighted to introduce Keith Abraham, a human resiliency expert and the CEO of Heroic Hearts UK. This conversation is completely new territory for me as I’ve not ever explored therapeutic psychedelics! The conversation was incredible, Keith is the epitome of humility and courage, and I’m privileged to share the conversation with you. Mindful Misconceptions: Keith dismantles the westernized version of mindfulness, urging a return to its healing roots.Psychedelic Pre-Requisites: Preparing for a psychedelic journey is no small feat. Keith outlines the essential steps and the profound duty of care involved.Continuum of Healing: Navigating the mental health continuum, highlighting transformative encounters with therapeutic psychedelics.Demanding Compassion: The balance between empathy and safeguarding, striking a delicate chord in leadership.Evolution of Empathy: Has humanity really advanced in empathy and compassion? Forgiveness in Action: Together, we unpack the weight of forgiveness, not as absolution from consequences, but as a call to change and growth.Strength in Softness: From the Chinese ethos of "iron wrapped in cotton wool" to combat stories, we explore the intersection of vulnerability and resilience.Humankind's Challenge: Drawing from the book "Humankind," we discuss the training of compassion to build bridges over the divisions caused by tribalism and hate.Trauma's Teachings: Reflecting on personal trauma, we share how perceived strength can be deceptive, and true strength is often found in flexibility.Veteran Voices: We highlight the importance of creating safe spaces for veterans to share, heal, and connect with others.Writing as Healing: Keith hints at a book he might be writing!Transformation and Integration: The episode illuminates the critical need for integration post-psychedelic experiences, with Keith sharing a personal story.Inner and Outer Health: We affirm the inseparable link between physical and mental wellness, championing a holistic approach to leadership resilience.Tune in to embody the change, empower self-healing, and understand why mindful, trauma-informed wisdom is core to effective leadership.Be prepared to know different and be different.07:43 Struggles with therapy, healing, and perception.16:19 Discussing mental health continuum21:58 Urgency in legalizing plant medicines24:27 Pioneering organization navigating delicate psychedelic renaissance phase.38:01 Integration important for big psychedelic experiences.39:53 Urgent need for personal growth and healing.50:40 Tai Chi: a martial art for flexibility.57:36 Veterans-only organization to avoid hierarchy in trauma sharing.01:08:45 Respect and integrate empathy into compassionate actions#TraumaInformedLeadership #RefreshingLeadership #RefreshingLeadershipPodcast #CoachingPsychology #KnowDifferentBeDIf you enjoyed this or found it useful please subscribe on the show website, https://refreshingleadership.buzzsprout.com/ You can listen on most platforms, or scroll through all the episodes on my website here. I write a companion blog to each episode - they are all on my website here. Do please share this link, and if you'd like, give it a rating or leave a review (wherever you listen) will help the podcast reach more people.Thank you!To continue the conversation go to:Website: https://katebrassington.com/ (where you can easily message me)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-brassington/Twitter: https://twitter.com/katebrassingto3Email: kate@katebrassington.com
S2.25:  Mastering the Mind: Debunking Neuroscience Myths
Mar 8 2024
S2.25: Mastering the Mind: Debunking Neuroscience Myths
In this episode of Refreshing Leadership, you'll dive into the world of neuromyths and neuroscience with me!We'll debunk common misconceptions and explore how to practically apply neuroscience in coaching and psychology.Get ready for eye-opening discussions about the brain, learning, and the power of science-based metaphors.We'll address the complexities of coaching psychology, the challenges of staying neuroscience-informed, and the evolving nature of the field.Join me for an insightful journey into understanding the incredible nervous system in action.#TraumaInformedLeadership #RefreshingLeadership #RefreshingLeadershipPodcast #CoachingPsychology #KnowDifferentBeDifferent00:00 Debunking neuromyths in leadership and neuroscience.03:15 Addressing neuroscience myths and applying practical models.06:51 Apple is more than just chemical compounds.10:18 "Neuromyth: Left-brain, Right-brain affect personality"14:51 Effective learning materials on neuroscience and memory.18:06 Neuroscience is complex and should be respected.20:58 Coaching psychology is flexible, adaptable, and responsive.If you enjoyed this or found it useful please subscribe on the show website, https://refreshingleadership.buzzsprout.com/ You can listen on most platforms, or scroll through all the episodes on my website here. I write a companion blog to each episode - they are all on my website here. Do please share this link, and if you'd like, give it a rating or leave a review (wherever you listen) will help the podcast reach more people.Thank you!To continue the conversation go to:Website: https://katebrassington.com/ (where you can easily message me)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-brassington/Twitter: https://twitter.com/katebrassingto3Email: kate@katebrassington.com
S2: 24. Transforming Trauma: Embracing a Trauma-Informed Leadership Perspective with Mental Health Change Agent Ruth Cooper-Dickson:
Mar 1 2024
S2: 24. Transforming Trauma: Embracing a Trauma-Informed Leadership Perspective with Mental Health Change Agent Ruth Cooper-Dickson:
I first heard of Ruth Cooper-Dickson because it seemed like everyone in my network was talking about her and her research in trauma-informed coaching! Fast track several months and here she is to share her research, experience, expertise, and life wisdom, with little glimpses through Neuro-Divergent eyes along the way. In this episode:A Trauma-Informed Approach:Ruth and I engage in a deep discussion on the nuances of trauma in leadership and how to navigate mental health in the workplace, combining the need for understanding with actionable strategies.Leading Through Adversity:We explore the balance between fostering resilience and acknowledging the challenging economic and global health pressures leaders face.Neurodiversity and Memory:Ruth sheds light on the complex interactions between neurodivergent perspectives, trauma, and memory, offering insights on how these dimensions play a crucial role in personal and professional growth.Well-being and Integration:The episode dives into the dynamic process of integrating past experiences to create a healthy and effective leadership journey.From Coaching to Therapeutic Support:As always with folk who do this work, we touch on the intersection of coaching and therapy, opening up the discussion to how leaders too can provide support that transcends conventional boundaries.Join us for an insightful session that resonates with the complexities of human experiences, advocating for mental health and purposeful leadership.#TraumaInformedLeadership #RefreshingLeadership #RefreshingLeadershipPodcast #CoachingPsychology #KnowDifferentBeDifferent #MentalHealthChangeAgentTimestamps:07:46 Struggling with panic dis-order, advocating for mental health.11:17 Entering workplace, adapting to fit in, resilience.21:57 Shared experiences result in diverse internal reactions.25:04 Learning, memory, trauma, triggers, and self-talk.30:56 Mental health and trauma perceptions in society.34:07 Certified breath work leader promotes holistic healing.42:29 Interviews revealed diverse domestic abuse experiences and coaching.45:22 Coaching program leads to transformative personal journeys.51:30 Coaching for leadership in challenging environments.01:00:36 Supporting people in accessing mental health care.01:02:48 Desire to publish a practical guidebook on post-traumatic growth.01:08:12 Offering support for mental health in leadership.You can get more from Ruth on her website www.ruthcooperdickson.comShe writes regularly - this is her Substack link: https://ruthcooperdickson.substack.com/DiscountRuth has offered us a special 10% off discount on an annual paid subscription to her Substack here.https://ruthcooperdickson.substack.com/katepodcastIf you enjoyed this or found it useful please subscribe on the show website, https://refreshingleadership.buzzsprout.com/ You can listen on most platforms, or scroll through all the episodes on my website here. I write a companion blog to each episode - they are all on my website here. Do please share this link, and if you'd like, give it a rating or leave a review (wherever you listen) will help the podcast reach more people.Thank you!To continue the conversation go to:Website: https://katebrassington.com/ (where you can easily message me)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-brassington/Twitter: https://twitter.com/katebrassingto3Email: kate@katebrassington.com
S2.23: Procrastination: A Quick Dive into Its Dual Role as both Protector and Provocateur
Feb 23 2024
S2.23: Procrastination: A Quick Dive into Its Dual Role as both Protector and Provocateur
In this episode of Refreshing Leadership, we're diving deep into the intriguing world of procrastination. My aim is to bring deeper thought and perspective to the roles of procrastination. It often gets a kicking with people trying to force it away instead of noticing how to understand and harness it for positive effect!I'll be exploring the question of whether procrastination acts as a protector or provocateur in our lives (or both!). We'll peel back the layers to understand the roles of the brain, consider trauma-informed principles, and examine the influence of neurodivergence on this complex phenomenon.Protector: I take you through the Nervous System’s natural “setting” that causes us to pause and assess before taking action. We'll take a closer look at how perfectionism and executive function come into play, and I'll share practical strategies to work effectively with this protective aspect. We’ll see the importance of self-compassion and the value of breaking tasks into manageable steps.Provocateur: I'll uncover the thrilling edge that procrastination can bring to our best work and energy, particularly for individuals with neurodivergent traits. We'll explore the impact of pressure and the pursuit of dopamine hits, and I'll encourage you to embrace your individual strengths while seeking healthy ways to fulfill your needs.This episode offers a thought-provoking and informative journey into the complexities of procrastination, providing actionable strategies for you to navigate and harness these dual roles.Some time stamps:00:00 What inspired this episode04:45 Understanding procrastination07:57 Perfectionism and its impact on mental health.10:02 Listen to protector, break tasks into steps.15:40 Thriving under pressure in fast-paced societies.19:25 Focus on meeting deadlines with acceptable quality.21:18 Break tasks into small manageable steps. Prioritize self-compassion.24:40 Don’t forget you can work with me to improve mental health.If you enjoyed this or found it useful please subscribe on the show website, https://refreshingleadership.buzzsprout.com/ You can listen on most platforms, or scroll through all the episodes on my website here. I write a companion blog to each episode - they are all on my website here. Do please share this link, and if you'd like, give it a rating or leave a review (wherever you listen) will help the podcast reach more people.Thank you!To continue the conversation go to:Website: https://katebrassington.com/ (where you can easily message me)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-brassington/Twitter: https://twitter.com/katebrassingto3Email: kate@katebrassington.com
S2.22: Breaking the Mold in a Male-Dominated Domain: Fearless Leadership in the Security Sector with Letitia Emeana ASIS CPP, PSP and CISMP
Feb 16 2024
S2.22: Breaking the Mold in a Male-Dominated Domain: Fearless Leadership in the Security Sector with Letitia Emeana ASIS CPP, PSP and CISMP
As you can imagine, Security is a male-dominated world, recruiting often from police and military veterans (who are predominantly male). So I resonated strongly with some of the issues Letitia was struggling with when she coached with me a few years ago. I’m super proud of her courage and stance on making such an important profession more open and accessible not just to women, but all minority groups.ASIS International is a global community of security practitioners who are trained, certified and professionals in the protection of assets - people, property, and/or information.She’s fun, bubbly, and atypical in several different ways (see if you can spot them!). We chat about her early formative life experiences and the various helpers and guides she found along the way to her current senior role in corporate security, as well as her repeated election as UK ASIS Chapter Chairwoman and Board Director.In particular she shares her experience of finding professional help to identify the best colours and styles of clothes for her. As a petite woman in a roomful of men, she was more often asked if she was from communications, or catering, than recognised as the keynote speaker. While she laughed this off, it wasn’t doing her confidence much good.She describes the game changing experience of getting a professional colour and personal image consultant in boosting both her inner self confidence and outer self expression, and in the episode we promise to give you the links, so if you’d like to follow this up check out the consultant she mentions https://www.linkedin.com/in/traceymoys/ or the website where you can find a consultant near you https://www.houseofcolour.co.uk/find-consultant or https://www.houseofcolour.com/find-consultantSome timestamps:00:00 A Surprise career path.07:23 Experience in sports contributed to leadership skills.11:22 Stepping up to lead and inspire change.17:58 Historical context shapes perceptions of security roles.23:46 Inclusion and care for employees in workplace.28:45 Focus on physical aspects of cyber threat.37:27 Balancing risk, storytelling, influence, business acumen, enforcement.41:28 Dress influences perception and professional expression.47:42 Ready to break out of old self.50:05 Building trust through authentic, consistent behavior is key.56:09 Discovering color helped confidence, transformed wardrobe journey.If you enjoyed this or found it useful please subscribe on the show website, https://refreshingleadership.buzzsprout.com/ You can listen on most platforms, or scroll through all the episodes on my website here. I write a companion blog to each episode - they are all on my website here. Do please share this link, and if you'd like, give it a rating or leave a review (wherever you listen) will help the podcast reach more people.Thank you!To continue the conversation go to:Website: https://katebrassington.com/ (where you can easily message me)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-brassington/Twitter: https://twitter.com/katebrassingto3Email: kate@katebrassington.com
S2:21.  Thriving Through Systems: Leaders Taking Control and Growing Me, We, & They
Feb 9 2024
S2:21. Thriving Through Systems: Leaders Taking Control and Growing Me, We, & They
In this episode of Refreshing Leadership, I take you with me on a dive I have recently been revisiting - systems-inspired leadership.This is a chance to take a macro view of leadership and focus on interconnectedness.I discuss the three levels of human systems - me, we, and they - and the the power of recognizing and growing strengths at these levels.I emphasize the need for individuals to take control and manage their own career and life, whether they are self-employed, freelancers (duh, that’s obvious) or employed.Yes, employed people need to take career management into their own hands and craft and shape their steps just as freelancers and self employed people do!Talk about getting the fun back - when you step into your agency and power as a leader, whether of just yourself or huge teams of teams, you are shifting your mindset.With a theme taken from the great book “HR: Disrupted”, I invite you to see yourselves as both consumers and human beings, and highlight the power of self-compassion and vulnerability in leadership. Tune in to hear practical tips for bringing yourself into the center of the system and taking care of yourself while leading within it.Here are some timestamps:00:08 My early training in systems theory and its implications.05:45 Simplified three levels of system: me, we, they.10:41 Identify and grow personal and collective strengths.14:19 Reflect on empathy, compassion, and vulnerability in leadership.16:19 Work one to one for positive change#RefreshingLeadership #CoachingPsychology #TeamsOfTeams #Resilience #ConfidenceIf you enjoyed this or found it useful please subscribe on the show website, https://refreshingleadership.buzzsprout.com/ You can listen on most platforms, or scroll through all the episodes on my website here. I write a companion blog to each episode - they are all on my website here. Do please share this link, and if you'd like, give it a rating or leave a review (wherever you listen) will help the podcast reach more people.Thank you!To continue the conversation go to:Website: https://katebrassington.com/ (where you can easily message me)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-brassington/Twitter: https://twitter.com/katebrassingto3Email: kate@katebrassington.com
S2.20: Serve To Lead - Blending Experience, Trust, and Authenticity with Brigadier Clare Phillips CBE
Feb 2 2024
S2.20: Serve To Lead - Blending Experience, Trust, and Authenticity with Brigadier Clare Phillips CBE
Ever wanted a kitchen table natter with a really approachable, but super effective person, to ask them “but hang on, how did you do that”? Well that is exactly what I got to do with Clare Phillips, and the result is this week’s podcast episode.I’m so pleased that my tenuous link with Brigadier Clare Phillips CBE (we were both at Royal Military College Sandhurst at the same time, she was in the intake above me) and her genuinely open and helpful personality, meant that when I scooted her a message to ask if she’s be willing to chat with me for the podcast, she said yes immediately!Clare is currently serving as the Deputy Military Secretary at the Army Personnel Centre in Glasgow. With career highlights such as being Co-Chair of the Army LGBT+ Network, and REME Corps Colonel (2016-2018), you know she has some interesting stories to tell.I knew it was going to be a great chat when her answer to my first question began “Well, that happened by accident, which I think is the beginning of all good stories…”Here are some timestamps:07:45 Historical women's role stereotypes.15:43 Motivation theory: competence, autonomy, relatedness, self-determination.20:12 Resilience in high- and low-trust environments impact.23:26 Reflections and advice on workplace trust.29:47 Building trust and connections to inspire others.35:02 Appreciating great leadership and the loneliness of command.43:11 Realization of sexual orientation, changes in society.47:43 Connection between trauma, leadership, and LGBTQ community.53:53 Trauma-informed approach acknowledges suffering, but voices matter.59:23 Gratitude for healing in community after inquiry.01:04:15 Questioning male leadership, exploring gender and authenticity.01:09:58 Strive to be positive and consistent daily.01:15:30 1-on-1 support for mental health and leaders.If you enjoyed this or found it useful please subscribe on the show website, https://refreshingleadership.buzzsprout.com/ You can listen on most platforms, or scroll through all the episodes on my website here. I write a companion blog to each episode - they are all on my website here. Do please share this link, and if you'd like, give it a rating or leave a review (wherever you listen) will help the podcast reach more people.Thank you!To continue the conversation go to:Website: https://katebrassington.com/ (where you can easily message me)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-brassington/Twitter: https://twitter.com/katebrassingto3Email: kate@katebrassington.com
S2.19: Midwinter Rituals: The Art of Nesting for Rest, Clarity, and Confident Action Planning
Jan 26 2024
S2.19: Midwinter Rituals: The Art of Nesting for Rest, Clarity, and Confident Action Planning
I saw a post recently that said “Have you missed your chance to set goals for 2024”… with a shudder I clicked onwards. No such negativity nonsense thank you!We are still in midwinter (us Northern Hemisphere lot anyway) and this has a massively important role to play for our cyclical wellbeing… through nesting. I've been exploring the idea of nesting as a valuable part of our midwinter rituals. It's all about the process of arranging our surroundings and thoughts to create a sense of security and comfort, and I believe it's an essential step before setting goals. Join me as we explore how nesting can lead to gaining clarity, building confidence, and ultimately transitioning into action. I'll be sharing practical advice and exercises to help you take stock of your life and make deliberate choices about what to focus on as we move forward. Here’s some timestamps:00:00 Let’s demystify nesting and midwinter rituals.05:31 Arranging thoughts and ideas for successful launch.07:31 Reflect on life's progress; embrace change.09:46 Assess all areas of life for clarity.14:29 Choosing to not do things for now.17:19 Work one-on-one, leader support, mental health.As always, if you’d like support in moving through nesting and into preparation for goal setting for this year, get in touch. I have a number of different options at the moment so we will find something that works!If you enjoyed this or found it useful please subscribe on the show website, https://refreshingleadership.buzzsprout.com/ You can listen on most platforms, or scroll through all the episodes on my website here. I write a companion blog to each episode - they are all on my website here. Do please share this link, and if you'd like, give it a rating or leave a review (wherever you listen) will help the podcast reach more people.Thank you!To continue the conversation go to:Website: https://katebrassington.com/ (where you can easily message me)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-brassington/Twitter: https://twitter.com/katebrassingto3Email: kate@katebrassington.com
S2.18: The Self-Leadership Superpower of Creativity and Compassion with IFS Therapist and Trainer Ruth Culver
Jan 19 2024
S2.18: The Self-Leadership Superpower of Creativity and Compassion with IFS Therapist and Trainer Ruth Culver
I came across Ruth Culver during lockdown, when I was simultaneously exploring Internal Family systems-Inspired Coaching, and Polyvagal Theory. Ruth has trained in both disciplines and had developed the Thrive/Survive spiral which I continue to find super helpful (you can download it free from her website, link below).In chatting with her by email I discovered she’s very down-to-earth and last year I did one of her online “Intuitive drawing” workshops called Drawing Into Self which was simply beautiful as I got to work with her 1:1 as the demo client.Here's a sneak peek of what's in store:Shaking Up Trauma: Ruth dives into animal research on trauma recovery—turns out, a good shake can work wonders.Breakthrough Therapy: Ruth champions a fresh healing paradigm, blending the 'survive thrive spiral' with polyvagal theory and internal family systems.Unleashing Creativity: Discover the secret to unlocking creativity in leadership—spoiler: it's all about flow and regulation.Emotional Validation: We're calling it a superpower. Validating emotions isn't just kind; it's critical to coping and thriving.Mastering Self-Leadership: From group workshops to one-on-one sessions, Ruth and I unpack the power of self-guided growth within us all.Body Wisdom: Ruth highlights the body's role in emotional processing—listen to that gut feeling; it's smarter than you think.This is a gentle, soulful episode, timed into the middle of midwinter as we Northern Hemisphere folk tune inwards. Tune in to embrace innovation, nurture self-awareness, and lead with heart and mind in harmony.Here are some timestamps:00:00 Promoting physical and mental health for empowerment.09:28 Effective use of intuitive drawing in groups.10:37 Women lead communities, using drawing for peace.20:29 Magic happens in non-judgmental, creative listening spaces.21:29 Mediating conflicts using learned couple counseling skills.30:04 Therapist explains use of neuroscience in therapy.32:19 Adrenaline response, fight or flight, submission, defense.37:59 Overcoming old beliefs to achieve personal growth.42:31 Anxious and depressed amid different spaces.51:22 Acknowledge and release overwhelming energy for well-being.57:31 Modern attachment theory challenges Western social norms.01:03:29 Support for leaders and teams with mental health.To check out more from Ruth and download her Thrive/Survive Spiral head to her website here.If you enjoyed this or found it useful please subscribe on the show website, https://refreshingleadership.buzzsprout.com/ You can listen on most platforms, or scroll through all the episodes on my website here. I write a companion blog to each episode - they are all on my website here. Do please share this link, and if you'd like, give it a rating or leave a review (wherever you listen) will help the podcast reach more people.Thank you!To continue the conversation go to:Website: https://katebrassington.com/ (where you can easily message me)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-brassington/Twitter: https://twitter.com/katebrassingto3Email: kate@katebrassington.com
S2.17: 'Humankind' for Refreshing Leaders: Tempering Empathy and Training Compassion
Jan 12 2024
S2.17: 'Humankind' for Refreshing Leaders: Tempering Empathy and Training Compassion
“Temper your empathy and train your compassion”This is one of Rutger Bregmans top tips for resolving the bias and friction that persist in the modern Western world.It falls to leaders of all kinds to make changes everywhere that are so badly needed for fairness, equity, and progress of humankind. I re-listened to Rutger's book, Humankind, over the midwinter break, and I was struck by how powerful and simple this message is.Key Takeaways:Distinguish empathy from compassion: Empathy involves feeling the pain with someone, while compassion entails feeling for someone, leading to constructive action, thoughts, and problem-solving.Harness the power of compassion through meditation: Simple meditation techniques, such as lovingkindness meditations, can train the mind for compassion. Seek resources on platforms like Insight Timer, Headspace, and YouTube.Embrace compassion in leadership: Leaders, including solo entrepreneurs, can benefit from cultivating compassion, fostering a controlled, constructive, and energized approach to helping.How compassion can transform our approach to leadership and our overall well-being.I loved it so much I  bring it to life for you here with examples from the research and practical tips for you to use right away.05:47 Civilization hangs by thin threads, but kindness persists.08:52 Human evolution leads to natural empathetic tendencies.13:39 Compassion drives action, thoughts, and problem-solving.16:07 Train your mind with compassion through meditation.20:05 Supporting leaders and teams for mental health.For more from Rutger Bregman go to his website here.To read my blog on why I picked this topic for this episode, and why this is relevant for Refreshing Leaders, click here. If you enjoyed this or found it useful please subscribe on the show website, https://refreshingleadership.buzzsprout.com/ You can listen on most platforms, or scroll through all the episodes on my website here. I write a companion blog to each episode - they are all on my website here. Do please share this link, and if you'd like, give it a rating or leave a review (wherever you listen) will help the podcast reach more people.Thank you!To continue the conversation go to:Website: https://katebrassington.com/ (where you can easily message me)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-brassington/Twitter: https://twitter.com/katebrassingto3Email: kate@katebrassington.com
S2.16: Pivoting with Purpose: From Army Officer to Strategic Corporate Security, Insights into Humanity in Leadership with Jules Parke-Robinson
Jan 5 2024
S2.16: Pivoting with Purpose: From Army Officer to Strategic Corporate Security, Insights into Humanity in Leadership with Jules Parke-Robinson
Want to listen to a thoroughly inspiring person who is down-to-earth, real, and fun? Then you are in the right place!I bring you my chat with Jules - mum, Senior Corporate Security Executive, family person, Tropic Ambassador, Trustee of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chair of British Wheelchair Basketball… yet still completely relatable, funny, down-to-earth, and wise.We go through a ton of stuff, here are some highlights:🌱 Growth Mindset: Jules shares the aspirations for her children in their professional pursuits, emphasizing the significance of working in environments that foster empowerment, trust, and authenticity. This discussion extends into a broader conversation about instilling resilience and the art of pivoting in the face of challenges.🎯 Leadership Goals: Drawing from a rich background including military service and corporate engagement, we delve into the nuances of leadership versus management, the journey of personal growth, and the search for satisfaction within one's work.👣 Personal Reflections: Jules reflects on her transition from military to civilian life and the crucial need for leaders to prioritize self-work and inner reflection to shape an effective leadership style.🔎 The Leader-Follower Dynamic: Both Kate and Jules ponder leadership’s pivotal role in creating growth-oriented environments, cultivating authenticity, and safeguarding team well-being.🔄 Transition Challenges: Jules candidly discusses her struggles with work-life balance during the pandemic and the importance of setting boundaries, especially in a globally connected world.💡 A Path to Empowerment: Jules’s upcoming role shift and excitement about new beginnings serve as a powerful testament to how personal adversity can seed future growth and confidence.🧘‍♀️ Mindful Leadership: Don't miss out on the heartwarming segment where we explore self-awareness practices, managing stressors, and finding peace in the chaos of leadership roles.We hope that you enjoy listening to this as much as we did chatting together!Stressors - in Your Life?On a personal note, I do think this episode highlights the many stressors and challenges that are especially faced by women in leadership roles (though this of course isn’t wholly restricted to women). In an unsupportive environment, these can lead to mental health issues. In great environments, we can stay stuck in cycles of perfectionism and self-doubt (yes, they feed one another).I specialise in helping people identify their unhelpful thinking, to move beyond past adversities (and even traumas) to ease suffering and get the fun back… especially to get your inner fire re-lit in your work, personal, or family life.If now is the time to sort this out for yourself, or provide this for your team, get in touch through LI or kate@katebrassington.com.P.S. Do you have any questions for me or want to suggest a topic for future episodes? Message me on kate@katebrassington.coIf you enjoyed this or found it useful please subscribe on the show website, https://refreshingleadership.buzzsprout.com/ You can listen on most platforms, or scroll through all the episodes on my website here. I write a companion blog to each episode - they are all on my website here. Do please share this link, and if you'd like, give it a rating or leave a review (wherever you listen) will help the podcast reach more people.Thank you!To continue the conversation go to:Website: https://katebrassington.com/ (where you can easily message me)LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-brassington/Twitter: https://twitter.com/katebrassingto3Email: kate@katebrassington.com