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How High Achievers Overcome Their Anxiety


Featuring Morra Aarons-Mele, host of The Anxious Achiever, a top-50 business podcast, and author of The Anxious Achiever: Turn Your Biggest Fears into Your Leadership Superpower.


Tuesday, April 11, 2023 · Noon - 1:00 PM Eastern Time (ET)

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Central Time (CT)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Mountain Time (MT)
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time (PT)
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Universal Coordinated Time (UTC)
Morra Aarons-Mele
Sponsored by Oracle NetSuite

Here’s a secret: A surprising number of extremely successful people are wracked with anxiety. They suffer from feelings of instant negativity, worry, and doubt—what psychologists call thought traps.

The high number of successful people with anxiety shouldn’t be a surprise, since anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the world. But in workplaces, anxiety has been a hidden problem—there in plain sight, but often ignored.

To combat thought traps, many anxious achievers turn to overwork. Others turn to coping mechanisms such as substance abuse, avoidance, or passive-aggressiveness. While anxiety-fueled overwork can generate rewards, if allowed to run rampant it can lead to paralysis and underperformance.

On Tuesday, April 11, Morra Aarons-Mele, host of acclaimed podcast The Anxious Achiever, will lead an HBR video webinar on how high achievers can overcome anxiety. She will discuss:

  • How to recognize and avoid common thought traps and triggers
  • Confronting your own bad habits and unhealthy coping mechanisms
  • How to resist perfectionism, manage social anxiety, and set boundaries to prevent burnout
  • How to model healthy behavior for others in your organization

Anxiety can feel overwhelming for those with leadership responsibilities. But the good news is that there are effective strategies for turning stress and worries into a source of strength. To learn how high achievers and business leaders can overcome their anxiety, join Morra Aarons-Mele and HBR on April 11.


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