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With all 3 Mental Managers being parents, we pondered some of the big questions (and didn`t necessarily find a good answer):When you decide to start a family, who should stay home / who gets to stay home (perspective is everything!)What does being in a high pressure environment all day long does to your ability to be present after work?What does having a family mean to your ability to show up in business, especially if your job is or was "your baby" as well?How do you provide not just financially, but also emotionally in a consistent manner?Whilst these questions have relevance to us in a family / work setting, they are just as relevant to anybody who`s working in a high pressure environment and doesn`t exactly feel like they are living their best life when it comes to family, friends, or even self-care. 
This is our first episode in the Mental Manager bachelor pad - Silke took the episode off and left Andrew and Martin to discuss guilt and shame in all their glory.Our session not only explores all the different types of guilt (and there are quite a few to be categorized"), but also looks at the difference between shame and guilt. We go into whether it is possible to gain something positive from feeling guilty and how all of us are so readily employing guilt and shame to get what we want - whether that is in communication at work or with friends and family. What are the effects that guilt has on our mental health and what could be some practical tips on turning it around? Tune into this episode to find out what has helped us. Here`s a great video that we reference in the episode - Brené Brown: Focus on guilt instead of shame
In welcoming our second guest to the Mental Manager podcast we are pleased to have the legend that is Marcus Cauchi join us for a frank conversation in this episode. Marcus has been coaching leadership and sellers in high pressure environments for the past 16 years, he is co-author of the highly recommended "Making Channel Sales Work" and with "The Inquisitor" and "#Scaleups and #Hypergrowth Podcast" is the host of two successful podcast formats in which he regularly dissects the habits of top performing, visionary leaders. Our truly wide ranging conversation starts off with nerfguns and pacifism, covers the human condition, how getting fired a day before Christmas turned out to be a good thing, being a slave to habits, dives into self-sabotage and into the 4 essential functions of a manager and we finish with acts of courage and how a good breakfast and diary blocking are a base for a great day. If you would like to find out more about Marcus or get in touch:Marcus Cauchi on LinkedIn: and #Hypergrowth podcast: Podbean: scaleupsandhypergrowth.podbean.comTheInquisitiorpodcast: Channel Sales Work (includes a free chapter):
A candid chat about the value of discipline, structure and routine and their impact on mental wellbeing - particularly in times like these. We dive into some of the core principles introduced in the book "Discipline equals freedom" by Jocko Willink, an ex-Navy Seal and performance coach and share our top 3 structures / strategies that keep us centered in difficult times. References and resources:Book "Discipline equals freedeom" by Jocko Willink summary to book "Discipline equals freedom": "The Art of Learning" by Josh Waitzkin Ferris blog on the one decision that removes a thousand decisions
We are joined by holistic nutritionist Alyssa Flegg to explore the links between mental health and what we fuel our bodies with. Is it really a case of "you are what you eat" and if so, how do we beat bad habits, food traps and "all or nothing" mentalities? Listen in for easy to implement tips and tricks!Find and follow Alyssa: Facebook: & talks referenced:References:Jacka, Felice N., et al. “A Randomised Controlled Trial of Dietary Improvement for Adults with Major Depression (the ‘SMILES’ Trial).” BMC Medicine, vol. 15, no. 1, 2017, doi:10.1186/s12916-017-0791-y.Lachance, Laura R, and Drew Ramsey. “Antidepressant Foods: An Evidence-Based Nutrient Profiling System for Depression.” World Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 8, no. 3, 20 Sept. 2018, pp. 97–104., doi:10.5498/wjp.v8.i3.97.Phillips, Cristy. “Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor, Depression, and Physical Activity: Making the Neuroplastic Connection.” Neural Plasticity, vol. 2017, 8 Aug. 2017, pp. 1–17., doi:10.1155/2017/7260130.Ramsey, Drew. “What Are the Best Foods to Fight Depression? The Antidepressant Food Scale.” Dr Drew Ramsey MD, 22 July 2019,, Sanil, and James Graham. “The Simplified Guide to the Gut-Brain Axis - How the Gut Talks to the Brain.” Psych Scene Hub, 22 Apr. 2020, Food Whole Life - ⅔ principle and gentle wellness Drew Ransey Tedx Talk “Feed Your Mental Health” 5 Easy Ways to Increase Energy - Free Guide:
Our collective favourite episode to date! Martin Baehrenz is back with a discussion around creativity, what it is and why it is so important to the quality of all areas of our lives. We discuss why it is so difficult to prioritize creative time, ideas on how to bring creativity back to our day to day jobs and we go on a trip down memory lane, discovering what each of us liked to do creatively before becoming career focused and all serious in our adulthood. Martin brought with him a creativity challenge that all three of us will be taking part in, and all of our listeners are invited to join us! The challenge:1. List 10 potential hobbies or interests that you think you are too old for.2. Pick 1 of them.3. Dedicate 2 hours to explore and enjoy! We`ll be documenting our journeys on the Mental Manager Instagram account: the podcast we are referring to one book in particular that has provided much inspiration - written by the "Eat-Pray-Love" author Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic is a fantastic source of rediscovering your own creativity:
We are joined by our dear friend and colleague Martin Baehrenz in this episode - and we are taking it back to our podcast roots! Inspired by a mental health day on a blokey Australian radio station, we are discussing different cognitive behaviour therapy techniques that we have come across in our past, we are getting philosophic with Socrates and chat about the courage it takes to reach out and ask for help. Here`s a link to the socratic questions we go through - a great tool to keep your mind in check, in good times as much as in bad times:
We are back after a little Covid-19 induced break that was truly only a break from recording and full speed ahead on every other aspect of life and work. In this episode we talk about regaining focus, keeping a positive mindset and gratitude. Here`s a link to the excellent Ted Talk that we are referring to during our conversation:"An ER doctor on triaging your crazy busy life":
Doing more with less - that seems to be the theme of our times right now, whether it is less resource, less money, less time or even less mental space to process all the requirements we are supposed to fulfill. We dive into how each of us is having to do more with less, and share some techniques that help us to stay sane. 
Join us for a short but sweet episode of the Mental Manager - just long enough for a coffee break! We are sharing what we are doing to keep a level of sanity during times of intense pressure and how we try to keep and real and positive in leadership. We are also really excited to launch our very own Instagram account! Follow us on the_mental_manager and we`ll follow you right back. It comes with its very own #resiliencemonday, too! 
We are joined by our friend and colleague Martin Baehrenz, who adds a touch of Danish philosopher to our conversation. We talk about co-existing emotions in difficult times, making better decisions by observing oneself from the outside and how books can have a real impact on the quality of our life. Martin shares some excellent insights on how he applied the lessons learned from the book "Stillness is the Key" by Ryan Holiday and how that has influenced his daily life. 
After a long break and a few technical mishaps the Mental Manager is excited to be back! In this episode you will hear Silke and Andrew discuss working from home challenges, how to stay positive in a crisis situation and why looking after your (and your teams) mental health is now just as important as staying at home is. Disclaimer: Whilst we have made sure that both audio tracks are fully functioning this time round, Silke`s neighbours have decided to stay at home and renovate, giving our podcast the homely feel of (partially) being recorded on a building site.We are referring to this talk during our podcast - Dandapani delivers a talk called "the Energy Alchemist" on controlling where your awareness goes and the impact that it has on the quality of life. Here`s the link: you for listening! Andrew & Silke
Join us for our second episode where we discuss what "success" really means, what our responsibility as managers towards our teams is, how to go from being a people-pleaser to boundary-setting-expert and more! 
In this first episode of the series Andrew and Silke do their utmost to introduce themselves and why they decided to host this podcast, all whilst keeping the rambling at bay. They explore the different definitions of disease/ mental disorders and dive into why there is a stigma attached to being mentally unwell, particularly if you are in a position of leadership. We find out about personal experience and the difference between society`s expectations of a proper Australian bloke versus a German career woman and the perceived taboos that come with the territory. Disclaimer: Andrew and Silke are not mental health professionals, but they do know how to survive a high pressure environment and enjoy life - most of the time. This podcast is designed to open up the conversation around mental health and share experience rather than give advise. 
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Podcast Details

Created by
Silke Ahrens & Andrew McAllister
Podcast Status
Aug 13th, 2019
Latest Episode
Oct 1st, 2020
Release Period
2 per month
Avg. Episode Length
37 minutes

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