About Cy Wakeman:

Cy Wakeman is a drama researcher, global thought-leader, and New York Times best-selling author who is recognized for cultivating a counter-intuitive, reality-based approach to leadership. Backed by over 25 years of unparalleled experience, Wakeman’s philosophy offers a new lens through which employees and executives alike, can shift their attention inward, sharpen their focus on personal accountability, and uncover their natural state of innovation simply by ditching the drama.

Deemed “the secret weapon to restoring sanity to the workplace,” Wakeman has helped companies such as Google, Facebook, Viacom, Uber, NBC Universal, NASA, Pfizer, Johns Hopkins, Stanford Health Care, Keurig Dr. Pepper, AMC Theatres, White Castle, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and countless others learn to navigate our rapidly changing world using good mental processes to harness energy wasted in workplace drama and reinvest that effort into achieving profound business results.

As a highly sought-after conference headliner, Cy Wakeman holds a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speaker’s Association, placing her within the top 3% of speakers. She’s a regular contributor on Forbes.com, Success.com, The Huffington Post, and Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global. She’s been featured on the TODAY Show, the AskGaryVee Show with Gary Vaynerchuk, Cheddar TV, The New York Times, Business Insider, The Daily Muse, SHRM.com and many more. Cy Wakeman was voted in the top 100 leadership professionals to follow on twitter for 7 years in a row and in 2021 and 2022, she topped the Global Gurus list of Top 30 Leadership Professionals across the globe, coming in at #1. Wakeman has published four books, the latest of which is “Life’s Messy, Live Happy: Things Don’t Have to Be Perfect for You to Be Content” (2022). Cy also hosts her own No Ego podcast and adds bi-weekly video content on YouTube to address leaders’ biggest challenges in the workplace.

EPISODE NOTES:

Dr. Laura welcomes New York Times bestselling author and thought leader Cy Wakeman back to the podcast. Dr. Laura dives into aspects of Cy’s most recent book, “Life’s Messy, Live Happy”, and Cy offers her unique and inspirational perspective on the reality of why she wrote the book.

Cy Wakeman challenges listeners to examine what happiness really is and discusses what she terms “toxic positivity” with Dr. Laura. Cy did not want to write a book simply telling people how to be happy, but wanted to say “hey, join in the club of humanness – this is our human experience”. She weighs in on the three questions that have changed her life, the true depths of how to look at gratitude, and the differences between self-care and self-soothing. Cy’s warm presence and the insightful thoughts she shares with Dr. Laura are not to be missed.

“And so I wanted to write a book that wasn’t about toxic positivity, like pressuring people to be happy in the midst of a pandemic, but really showing people how you can be happy in the context of your entire life, that there’s space for all of it. You can build a life big enough to hold sadness and happiness at the same time.”  – Cy Wakeman

Season 2 EPISODES

Episode 40 | Evolving Yourself to Live Happy in this Messy World

About Cy Wakeman: Cy Wakeman is a drama researcher, global thought-leader, and New York Times best-selling author who is recognized for cultivating a counter-intuitive, reality-based approach to leadership. Backed by over 25 years of unparalleled experience, Wakeman’s...

Episode 37 | How to Handle Narcissistic Personalities on the Job

About Dr. Nina W. Brown: Nina W. Brown, EdD, LPC, NCC, Distinguished Fellow American Group Psychotherapy Association, American Psychological Association Fellow is a professor and eminent scholar at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA USA.  She received her...

Episode 36 | Navigating Narcissism in Work and Life

About Wendy Behary: With 25+ years of professional experience and advanced level certifications, Wendy Behary is the founder and director of The Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey and The Schema Therapy Institutes of NJ-NYC-DC. She has been treating clients,...

Episode 35 | Disarming the Narcissist at Work

About Wendy Behary: With 25+ years of professional experience and advanced level certifications, Wendy Behary is the founder and director of The Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey and The Schema Therapy Institutes of NJ-NYC-DC. She has been treating clients,...

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Episode 49 | Dr. Laura’s Tips: How Workplaces Can Evolve in 2023

About Dr. Laura Hambley Lovett: Dr. Laura Hambley Lovett is a work and career psychologist and thought leader on the evolution of work. She has always been fascinated by how work intersects with life and she loves using her expertise to improve organizations and help...

Episode 46 | The Power of Music for Work-Life Wellness

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Episode 40 | Evolving Yourself to Live Happy in this Messy World

About Cy Wakeman: Cy Wakeman is a drama researcher, global thought-leader, and New York Times best-selling author who is recognized for cultivating a counter-intuitive, reality-based approach to leadership. Backed by over 25 years of unparalleled experience, Wakeman’s...

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