My Favorite Mistake — 153: Psychologist Dr. Nicole Lipkin Had a Bad Feeling But Hired Hope Anyway

CEO, clinical and organizational psychologist

My guest for Episode #153 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Dr. Nicole Lipkin, an internationally recognized clinical and organizational psychologist, executive coach, and keynote speaker.

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Nicole is the author of two popular leadership books: Y In the Workplace: Managing the “Me First” Generation and What Keeps Leaders Up At Night: Recognizing and Resolving Your Most Troubling Management Issues.

She is the CEO ofEquilibria Leadership Consulting,a leadership and organizational development firm.In terms of education, she earned a doctoral in clinical psychology (Psy.D.), Master of Business Administration (MBA), and Master of Criminal Justice (MACJ). Nicole is also the founder and CEO ofHeyKiddo, a company dedicated to helping adults gain better control over their children’s mental, social and emotional health through technology.

She recently exited her first company, Equilibria Psychological and Consultation Services. Nicole is a regular contributor to and has shared herexpertise on NPR, NBC,, NY Times Magazine, CBS and other media outlets.She lives in Philly with her husband, Matt, her toddler, Charlie, and her chunky cat, El Guapo Meatball (who makes an appearance in the episode!).

In today’s episode, Nicole shares her “favorite mistake” story about having a “bad feeling” but hiring “Hope” (not her real name) anyway. Why was it a “punch in the gut” when Hope quit three months later? Did Nicole feel like she failed as a coach and as a leader? What lessons did she learn from these experiences?

We also talk about questions and topics including:

  • Is it a mistake to not follow your gut during interviewing or during the first month??
  • What keeps you up at night? How can we AVOID sleep trouble?
  • How do we build psychological safety? How much is the leader’s responsibility?
  • Psychological safety – talking about it vs doing the behaviors??
  • How different is Gen Y?? Different influences and experiences?
  • Tell us about Equilibria Leadership Consulting — who is your ideal client and why do they hire you?
  • Tell us about HeyKiddo — building emotional wellness using technology

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