This Episode: Trauma and Adversity in the Workplace with Samreen McGregor

Lucinda interviews Samreen McGregor, an executive coach and author of the book “Leader Awakened”, about the topic of embracing adversity and trauma in the workplace.

Samreen shares her insights on how individuals and organisations can use adversity as a catalyst for empowerment and well-being, rather than sweeping it under the carpet. They explore the impact of trauma on performance and happiness, and discuss practical strategies for recognising and addressing trauma in the workplace.

Key Takeaways

  • Taking the time to reflect on one’s own experiences and understanding how they may influence behaviour and reactions is crucial. This self-awareness can help individuals navigate difficult situations and build healthier relationships.
  • Building trust and creating an environment where open communication is encouraged is essential. This allows individuals to feel safe sharing their experiences and challenges, leading to better understanding and support within the team.
  • It is important to prioritise self-care and find a balance between work demands and personal wellbeing. This may involve creating routines or habits that support mental and physical health, such as engaging in calming activities like yoga or meditation.
  • Recognise and challenge automatic responses and patterns that may stem from past traumas or experiences. By consciously breaking these patterns, individuals can create healthier and more productive ways of interacting and responding to stressors in the workplace.

Best Moments from

This Episode: Trauma and Adversity in the Workplace with Samreen McGregor

“We all as human beings are the same, despite many labels that we use in corporate environments to help us understand who we are.”

“The narrative is not just more present, but it’s far more immediate and it’s quite extreme.”

“The impact of poor mental health on the economy, as well as the consequences societally will be huge.”

“The big point I’m making there is to create the space… and make sure that you’ve got a balance of them.”

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About The Guest, Samreen McGregor

Samreen McGregor is an executive coach and founder of Turmeric, a strategic
advisor to business owners, leaders and teams aiming to reframe purpose and
ambition, align behaviours and propel desired outcomes. Described by clients for
making a relevant and profound impact on the mindsets, behaviours, and wellbeing
of leaders, Samreen works at an important cross-section between strategic context,
profound behavioural change, and embodied consciousness. Her bestselling book,
‘Leader Awakened’, is a finalist in the Business Book Awards and Book Excellence
Awards 2023.


About The Host

Lucinda Carney is a Business Psychologist with 15 years in Senior Corporate L&D roles. Lucinda, for over 10 years as CEO of Actus Software has worked closely with HR colleagues helping them to solve the same challenges across a huge range of industries. Certainly, it was this breadth of experience that inspired Lucinda to set up the HR Uprising community to facilitate greater collaboration across HR professionals in different sectors, helping them to ‘rise up’ together.

“If you look up, you rise up”

How To Be A Change Superhero – by Lucinda Carney

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