Organizational Psychologist Amantha Imber Linked Her Self Worth to Achievements

Organizational Psychologist Amantha Imber Linked Her Self Worth to Achievements


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My guest for Episode #126 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Dr Amantha Imber, she is an organisational psychologist and founder of behavioural science consultancy Inventium

She and I share a belief… “Work doesn’t have to suck!” As it says on the front page of her website.

Amantha is the author of two best-selling books: The Creativity Formula and The Innovation Formula.

She’s the host of a podcast: “How I Work.”

In today's episode, Amantha tells her “favorite mistake” story about tying her achievements to self worth. How did she discover that pattern? What did she learn and what did she do about it?

We talk about that story and other topics including:

  • Positive framing (start doing) of habit change vs. negative (stop doing)?
  • I first learned of you because of a piece you wrote on LinkedIn that I really enjoyed… it was titled: Your “Failure Resume”
  • Why did you frame that as an experiment?
  • Amantha's failure resume
  • Experiments — others coming along with you — how many?
  • “My Year of Better” 
  • “My natural inclination was to hide my failures.” Why was that? 
  • As a child, you said: “But in addition to being competitive, I was also a perfectionist.” Why is that combination of perfectionism and competitiveness a problem?
  • Tell us about your firm Inventium
  • Like Samantha, Without the S — name of an album you released?

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"I thought I'm going to turn myself into a human guinea pig. And every couple of weeks, I'm going to try a new strategy and see if that changes things."
"...this tendency to link my self worth to my achievements, and if I were to admit my failures and mistakes, then people would think less of me..."
"I shared my failure resume with my team at Inventium  in the spirit of sharing. And, as a leader in the business, and without asking, every single person decided to also write a failure,"

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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.