How To Avoid Toxic Positivity In Your Business

How To Avoid Toxic Positivity In Your Business

with Nancy Settle-Murphy

On the Profitable Joyful Consulting podcast, I teach you how to increase your profits and enjoy your business more. In this episode, you’ll learn how to avoid toxic positivity in your business with Nancy Settle-Murphy.

Nancy is the president of Guided Insights, a Boston-based consulting, training and coaching firm. She helps distributed teams work more effectively by helping leaders and team members alike find new ways to build trust, cultivate healthy relationships, and collaborate more successfully across time, cultures and distances.

Being positive is one of the most important factors to success. But toxic positivity – shoving down your authentic feelings to bypass them with a positive spin – doesn’t serve. Whether you’re eternally optimistic or have a more depressive default setting, learning to embrace authentic positivity without the toxicity can help you create a more profitable and joyful business. Learn how in this episode!

Key areas discussed in this episode

  • 1:34 How Nancy helped an organization’s senior leaders go from kicking and screaming about moving to a hybrid work model to feeling authentically positive about the prospect
  • 6:00 Why positivity is good for us (and where positivity veers into toxic positivity)
  • 10:42 How to create a little more trust for authentic relating
  • 14:23 A more positive and effective way to handle authentic negativity and dissenting voices
  • 16:40 How to turn legitimate, authentic feelings of negativity into something that’s more positive
  • 21:51 What organizations can do when something negative has happened or they’re in a tough period of time
  • 24:35 Trends Nancy sees in the area of positivity
  • 26:15 Modeling both positivity and vulnerability as a leader
  • 29:18 Why Nancy is interested in (and skilled at) working with the hard stuff



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