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Tish Squillaro has more than 17 years experience advising executives in strategic planning, organizational dynamics and human capital allocation.

Timothy I. Thomas has helped to transform organizations working as a leadership development trainer, executive coach, and change management expert.

Overcoming The HeadTrash: Take things in small steps

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“Everyone has someone in their life who is just a little too hard to handle. It could be a boss who lets their own ego get in the way of what is best for the entire team, or coworker suffering from analysis paralysis. We like to call this negative mental junk or emotional baggage “HeadTrash.” The good news is there is a way to recognize and combat these negative feelings that can hinder good communication and affect relationships”.

There are seven types of HeadTrash: anger, arrogance, control, fear, guilt, insecurity and paranoia, each of which can be equally damaging and harmful. Everyone can be affected by HeadTrash at one point or another, it’s only when it starts to become the norm that HeadTrash begins to affect productivity, create tension and stall forward thinking. Here is an example:

Javier considered himself a good boss, the kind of person he would have liked to work for. Now, he had reached the highest level he’d ever reached, executive vice president at a Fortune 1000 company. He was really on track. In the new job, Javier’s team doubled in size, which of course made life more stressful.

That was to be expected. New team members and increased budgets also meant he now had to produce and present even more detailed reports for the scrutiny of senior management. On top of the regular project discussions, and weekly updates with his boss, now Javier was sitting down with the legal and sales teams weekly. Despite those added burdens, the first six months of the new role seemed to be going well. He was hitting his numbers. And he felt that his staff liked and supported him. That’s where he was wrong.

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