Posts By: Holly Mae Haddock

Distress Tolerance, part 3: Emotional Tools

This is Part 3 of a series on Distress Tolerance. Part 1| Part 2 We can think of the emotional body as sitting between the physical body and the mental body. The limbic system, which is the emotional body’s command center in the brain, is nested above the brain stem (main command center for the… Read more »

Distress Tolerance, part 2: Thought Tools

This is Part 2 of a series on Distress Tolerance. Part 1| Part  3 The following tools are variations of cognitive therapy and other thought-work exercises. These are useful when you want to feel better by way of noticing and amending the scripts, contents, sequences, stories and wordings of the mind. Why this works: the… Read more »

Distress Tolerance, part 1: Body Tools

This is Part 1 of a series on Distress Tolerance. Part 2| Part 3 Many of us are being pressed & stretched to the growing edge limits of our ability to tolerate distress right now. Feeling to help us recall and share our many inner resources for getting through challenging passages. The most basic resource… Read more »

Psychological Safety and Creativity 

Creativity is Interpersonal Risk I had a flash impulse to name this post “What’s So Funny about Peace, Love and Psychological Safety”, alluding to “What’s So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding”, the Elvis Costello song from 1978. Thinking about allusions made me consider referencing the Use Your Allusion joke from the American TV series… Read more »

Psychological Safety and the Dangers of Being Yourself

The Hazards of Letting your Creativity Show Allowing people to see the weirdo within, the creative mind, mother of genius, is socially dangerous. Most of us listen to the wisdom of our censors and hold back large parts of ourselves – particularly our authentic feelings, our opinions, and our new, untested ideas – unless we’re… Read more »

Psychological Safety and Team Genius

Team Genius: A rare and special Coordination of creative intelligences Team Genius is something you know when you see it, but it’s rare and special – a coordination of creative intelligences that transcends individuality and radiates a power almost not of this ordinary world. Team Genius is playful and intelligent. It is also inclusive and… Read more »

9 Core Competencies for Creative Teams

Last fall, Stefan and I had fun collaborating on designing a simulation to run with applicants to an internally-sponsored accelerator program at a large, multinational corporation with thousands of employees. The four-hour simulation, which we facilitated with final-round applicants on-site, gave those accelerator applicants a format to demonstrate their creative teamwork skills live in front… Read more »