My Favorite Mistake — 131: Workplace Therapist Brandon Smith Stayed in a Comfortable Teaching Job Too Long

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My guest for Episode #131 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Brandon Smith, an executive coach, author, speaker, and podcaster. His podcast (and his label for himself) is “The Workplace Therapist” and he’s had me as a guest there. As a “therapist,” he has an MS in Clinical Counseling.

Some of his jobs and roles include:

He’s the author of books including his latest, The Hot Sauce Principle: How to Live and Lead in a World Where Everything Is Urgent All of the Time.

In today’s episode, Brandon shares his “favorite mistake” story about staying in a “comfortable” executive education teaching job too long — why was that a “bad relationship” and what did he learn from the experience?

We talk about that story and other topics including:

  • What triggered this realization?
  • Was it a pattern?
  • Why did you come to call yourself “the workplace therapist”?
  • What reasons do people come to you for workplace therapy?
  • Choosing to come vs. being told they have to?
  • Resisting expertise?
  • Tell us about the book… what is the “hot sauce principle”??
  • Why do we need “focused energy”?
  • Using “hot sauce” or urgency appropriately

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