Hosts Leon and Paul, along with guest host Sam Cawley are joined by Glenn Mead. 

Do you sometimes feel like you're not in control of your emotions? 

With - Glenn Mead 

Do you sometimes feel like you're not in control of your emotions? If so, you're not alone. Emotional mind management is a term used to describe the process of understanding and managing emotions. 
In this week's episode of The Hack, Our hosts Leon and Paul, along with guest host Sam Cawley are joined by Glenn Mead - a coaching psychologist who specialises in the neuroscience of decision making. Glenn explains how emotional mind management can help us get the better out of ourselves and other people and talks about the importance of accepting our emotions. 


Glenn Mead is currently a Coaching Psychologist and Director of Face Value Performance Psychology Limited. He specialises in individual and organisational performance at all levels, using techniques and approaches grounded in neuroscience and occupational psychology. 
With services ranging from individual executive coaching, and small group facilitation to masterclass workshops and keynote talks, he aims to help clients to improve effectiveness and efficiency through team engagement and retention, reduced stress, and increased resilience, communication and leadership. 
Glenn has previously worked with Steve Peter's company Chimp Management Limited as the Director of Corporate Programmes. His role was to help improve performance and change organisational settings for big companies, Supermarkets, NHS etc., by explaining how to use emotional mind management to get the better out of yourself and other people. 
Building on the “Chimp paradox” developed by Prof Steve Peters in “The Mind Management”, Glenn compares the independent emotions of our “inner chimp” generated within the limbic system of the brain that leads to an initial uncontrolled emotion or reaction with the executive, logical and learned responses that come from the frontal cortex. It is essential to recognise, know and “reflect” on your “natural” CHIMP, what triggers it, know your reaction and be prepared to articulate and control it. 
He knows how to communicate with employees and, during the podcast, explains that "it's normal to have emotions. If you can understand where they're gonna come from and what the triggers are, then you can work out your options. When you're in a calm mind, you'll be better off when the moment does happen. And it's important to accept it and accept that's the way we are; we are human beings-We do get emotional." 
To get the better out of ourselves, we need to understand and manage our emotions; this is where emotional mind management comes in. Emotional mind management is a process that helps us to understand our emotions and how they affect us so that we can control them instead of them controlling us. 


Glenn's book of choice is Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning" the team explore the role that hope plays in his influential work. In particular, they discuss how hope can help us to find meaning in life, even in the face of suffering and adversity. 
Frankl writes that "the last of the human freedoms" is the freedom to choose one's own attitude in any given situation. This means that, even in the darkest times, we always have a choice about how we respond. We can choose to give up or to keep going, to see the beauty or the ugliness around us. 
Glenn explains how it is it's quite a difficult book to read. But taking the time to be objective and step back and ask hypothetical questions like 'what would I do in this situation?' can be very helpful. It gives you a sense of control and power when you feel like everything is spiralling out of control. 
He also mentions how, as difficult as it is, it is important to accept that we are human beings and that we will experience a range of emotions throughout our lives. Emotional mind management can help us to understand our emotions, where they come from and how to deal with them in a healthy way. 


We're trying to do anything to fit in because we realise that we are vulnerable creatures and social creatures, and we need other people around us to help us. 
How surprising as men, we don't and go and talk about it when we say we can talk to someone. Recognise what's important to you, your values, and what you want to achieve in life. 
And that's the thing emotional management is all about, it's not just about learning how to control your emotions but also learning how to be emotionally intelligent with other people as well so that you can get the best out of yourself and out of other people as well. 
Most of your instincts are going to come down to survival. For Glenn, this is family security, his own personal, physical security. When we get into trouble, it's generally because one or more of these things are threatened. And that's when the chimp comes out and says, "I need to do something about this". The chimp is the emotional mind, the more primitive part of our brain to keep us alive. It's not interested in long-term planning; it just wants to ensure we're safe right now. 
And if we can understand where our emotions come from and the triggers, we can work out our options. When we're in a calm mind, we're going to be better off when the moment does happen. And that it's really important to accept it and accept that's the way we are; we are human beings. 
" Don't worry about the past. Don't worry about the future because it's the present that you have to deal with." 
So if you can just focus on the present and what's happening right now and not get too caught up in your head about things that have happened in the past or might happen in the future, then you're going to be in a much better place to deal with whatever comes your way. 
We highly recommend checking out Glenn's work if you're interested in learning more about emotional mind management. He is a wealth of knowledge on the subject. 
Check out our podcast to learn how to control your emotions and manage your mind to Get the Better Out of Yourself! 
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