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Managing your Impostor Chimp

Mental Resilience: keeping yourself and the people you lead mentally stable

Welcome to this episode of Enterprise Agility Mastery, where we will be discussing the important topic of keeping yourself and your reports mentally stable.

Ricardo will make us all jealous with is improbably dark skin tone after his holiday in Brazil while Ian will be sharing his insights on resilience and how to manage the "imposter chimp" that can often interfere with our well-being and productivity. Ian has even given his imposter chimp a name - which will be revealed! - and will explain why this is so relevant to our discussion that it became the episode title.

Throughout the episode, Ian will highlight the key things that can help you build resilience, including:

  1. Embracing change: As a leader, it is important to understand that change is a constant in life and in the workplace. Rather than resisting or fearing change, embracing it can help build resilience. This means being open to new ideas, embracing new challenges, and adapting to new circumstances. By embracing change, leaders can demonstrate to their team the importance of being flexible and the positive impact it can have on their well-being.

  2. Focusing on what you can control: One of the key factors in building resilience is focusing on what you can control. This means focusing on your thoughts, feelings, and actions, rather than on external factors that are beyond your control. As a leader, it is important to help your team understand the importance of this concept, and to encourage them to focus on what they can control, rather than what they can't.

  3. Minimizing catastrophic thinking: Catastrophic thinking is a habit of thinking in which you imagine the worst-case scenario in a given situation. This type of thinking can lead to increased stress and decreased well-being. As a leader, it is important to help your team recognize when they are engaging in catastrophic thinking and to teach them ways to minimize it. This could include teaching them to focus on positive outcomes, practicing mindfulness, or reframing their thoughts.

  4. Establishing a support network: Having a strong support network can provide a sense of security and comfort in times of stress and uncertainty. As a leader, it is important to encourage your team to develop their own support network, which may include family members, friends, or colleagues. This could include creating opportunities for team building, encouraging open communication, and fostering a positive work environment.

  5. Having a sense of humor: A sense of humor can help to reduce stress, increase positive feelings, and build resilience. As a leader, it is important to model a positive and humorous attitude, and to encourage your team to do the same. This can create a more relaxed and enjoyable work environment, and help build resilience in the face of adversity.

  6. Practicing gratitude: Practicing gratitude can help increase positive feelings and improve well-being. As a leader, it is important to encourage your team to practice gratitude, whether it be through daily journaling, expressing gratitude to others, or simply taking time to appreciate what they have. This can help build resilience by shifting focus from negative thoughts to positive ones.

Ian will also introduce a useful website,, which can provide additional resources and support for those looking to improve their mental well-being.

Join us for this thought-provoking and actionable episode on how to manage your imposter chimp and keep yourself and your reports mentally stable.

Enterprise Agility Mastery
Enterprise Agility Mastery
Ricardo Liberato
Ian Banner