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Build High Performing Teams Podcast

Mar 23, 2020

Hello, guys, I'm stoked to share this episode with you. I'm joined by Richie Burke. He is the founder and president of GGMM. They are a marketing company and they do automation, video, photography, and digital advertising. One of the cool things they do is podcast services and strategy and Richie and I have followed each other for a while. We recently connected live and I couldn't wait to bring him on. Our episode is focused on anxiety at work and so whether you are a person who has anxiety that you are bringing to the workplace, Richie and I have both had personal experiences in, or maybe you have anxiety caused by work, or even perhaps you are a leader who leads people suffering from anxiety. And by the way, that's probably every leader at some point. You're going to find some tips and tricks on what Richie and I have done to minimize our own anxiety, and how you can lead yourself and others through the anxious times. Enjoy!


“I've heard this statement from other people before - just firing yourself as fast as possible in the roles that you're not good at is what you should be doing if you're really serious about it. Growing your business and building a sustainable company. ” At minute 15:49, Richie talks about working to your strengths and hiring help to fill the gaps in your business. He adds the importance of knowing what you are good at and going from there to move forward.

“The main thing I realized is that everyone's going through something. And so many people are going through their own version of the exact same thing I went through. The variety of people that reached out whether it was people I hadn't talked to in high school, parents of people that I grew up with who had gone through something other business leaders who are pretty powerful and charismatic people, and you wouldn't envision them having to deal with this stuff. To anyone who's listening, if you are going through something similar, it's a lot more common than you think. And there are ways to fix it and get better. It's not easy, but it can be done.” At 30:06, Richie highlights the fact that no one is alone in their anxiety. There are more people around who are going through similar situations than you might otherwise think. Realizing this can give you a sense of community. 

“I think on both sides when it comes to work, being open in communicating and doing it sooner rather than later, is crucial. A lot of people like me who are non confrontational people, and if we have to have a difficult conversation, which is inevitably inevitably going to happen in the workplace and can happen quite often, we procrastinate.” At minute 49:26, Richie gives advice to communicate sooner rather than later of your anxiety. This will help give knowledge to those around you in the workplace and will help you avoid procrastination.

Richie shared a lot of valuable information about minimizing anxiety at work. He also gave a lot of helpful tips to friends and families of people with anxiety, so make sure to stay tuned!

If you want to know more about Richie, learn all about him at Don’t forget to follow him on Instagram @richieggmm and on LinkedIn. Go follow him now! And don’t forget to listen to The Go Gedders Podcast, hosted by Richie.

Here are some of the links we mentioned in this episode:

Radical Candor by Kim Scott

National Association for Mental Health Text “NAMI” to 741741 when you have a crisis.

Richie’s Podcast Episode on Overcoming Anxiety, Day by Day

Wim Hof Breathing Videos on Youtube

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Peace & Progress,