Shake It Off

Last week I made mention of the Drama Triangle that occurs in unconscious and toxic work environments. It is the relationship dynamic in which one person plays the role of Victim, another the Villain, and the third the Hero. Giving up your need to be right, authentically feeling and expressing your feelings, and separating facts from stories is the way to do your part to stay out of the Drama Triangle and remain in a state of conscious leadership.

But even when you are clear of the drama, you may also be expressing one of the following personas that is not serving you well as a conscious professional.

Here is a list of personas active in the workplace. They are not necessarily negative but, take a look and see if any describe you.

Workplace Personas (Source: Conscious Leadership Group)
Protector
Peacemaker
Energy Bunny
Flatterer
Firefighter
Peter Pan
Analyzer
Súper Competent
Multitasker
Good Listener
Provider
Withdrawer
Good Parent
Nice Guy
Critic
Rebel
Cynic
Debater
Control Freak
Gossiper
Bulldozer
Dunce
Time Cop
Repeat Offender
Puritan
Drill Sergeant
Mr. Sarcasm
Know-It-All
Narcissist
Complainer
Worry Wart
Unappreciated
Hypochondriac
Overworked
Martyr
Resigned
Overwhelmed
Misunderstood
Needy One
Whiner
Depressed
Dummy
Reliable One
Linchpin

Each of us display many personas depending upon our circumstances and present company. The beautiful thing is that we can play with personas and consciously select a persona that will serve us in the moment. If you’ve identified with any of the above and decided it isn’t working for you, be like Taylor and

“Shake it off!”
“Shake it off!”
“Ooo Ooo Ooo!”

Warmly,

Rick Burris

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