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Courageous Conversations: Jet Xavier on bringing mental health battles out into the open

High-performance coach Jet Xavier has had a long career having difficult conversations with business leaders and elite agents to try and get the best out of them.

Jet believes In business and life, some of the toughest conversations are often around mental health.

In professional settings, people are encouraged to “toughen up” and not talk about what’s going on in their personal lives which only makes things harder.

In this Courageous Conversation, Jet outlines the problems that elite performers and business owners can face with mental health and how to start bringing these issues out into the open.

Sometimes, you can be doing incredibly well in business, but behind the scenes, your personal life is falling apart, your marriage is struggling, you’re turning to drugs and alcohol and you don’t know how to turn it around.

Jet also talks about why principals need to be able to reach out to their team members to make sure they’re doing OK and the best way to help.

The conversation around mental health is changing and Jet believes everyone needs to take control of their mental well-being which will help them get the best out of their business and their life.

Some key highlights of this Courageous Conversation, hosted by Leanne Pilkington:

2:08 – Why so many business owners and agents struggle with mental health
6:01 – Why talking about mental health has been a slow change within the industry
9:02 – How to have the hard discussion on mental health with your team and normalise showing vulnerability instead of just trying to “toughen up”
12:45 – Why the return on investment is so high when you focus on putting people’s mental health first by making for more attractive places to work
14:45 – Why businesses don’t like to offer flexibility and remote work and how your business could benefit from being supportive and promoting new practices
15:31 – The importance of leadership and creating a self-leading team and setting an example to your employees
19:45 – How to go about having hard discussions with someone who is struggling with mental health or personal issues and “why an ear” is often enough
25:01 – Why principals can have trouble having hard conversations with their team and how to listen to what they need.
26:40 – Why real estate isn’t the cause of mental health problems, but it could be the trigger for something else that is going on in our own lives
29:27 – How Leanne manages her mental health and the tools she uses to stay at her best when she feels anxious

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