Coach Brian Buck’s Darkest Moment in a Workplace Turned Toxic: Should Have Quit Sooner

Coach Brian Buck’s Darkest Moment in a Workplace Turned Toxic: Should Have Quit Sooner


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My guest for Episode #112 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Brian Buck, a “success curator” who helps people have masterful communication & powerful relationships so they achieve amazing results — transformational coach for small- and medium-sized businesses. He's also co-host of the “People, Purpose and Profits Business Coaching” show on YouTube — and it's also a podcast.

In today's episode, Brian shares his “favorite mistake” story about waiting too long to address being in a good workplace that turned toxic. Why was this his “darkest moment”? Why was this all a “never again moment” for Brian?

We talk about that and other topics including:

  • Leaders were undermining everything, passive aggressive
  • They were little things… Brian said “I can handle it” — but it kept going
  • Can you believe leaders when they say things like:
    • “This is a safe place to talk”
    • “My door is always open”
    • “I’m not political”
  • How to have empathy for managers
  • Bringing up elephants in the room without being a jerk 
  • Non-violent communication
  • The book Crucial Conversations

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"I was at a workplace and it turned toxic. And the mistake that I made was I waited too long to do anything about it."
"I find when you bring up the elephant in the room, people are thankful — especially when you don't do it in a jerk way."
 — And that is recognizing, 'This is what I observe without judgment.'"

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is also a Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Marketing with the healthcare advisory firm, Value Capture.