Mahatma Gandhi once said, “A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.”
Can the same be said of corporate culture? If we swap the word “nation’s” for the word, “organization’s” Gandhi’s words still hold true, no? “An (organization’s) culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” Yup, that’s true.
ESPN may well have a culture problem. Earlier this month ESPN reporter, Britt McHenry was suspended after an embarrassing video went viral in which McHenry berates a towing clerk at a Virginia tow yard while picking up her towed vehicle.
The clerk full well warns McHenry she is being recorded. McHenry is undeterred. She unabashedly insults the woman’s lack of education, employment, dental health and weight. She does this while using passive aggressive love names like “baby girl”, “sweetheart” and “honey.” I just sugar coated that for expediency. You gotta see it – it’s obnoxious.
As a stand alone incident, it is a sad statement about the deficits of McHenry’s inner landscape. It is all the more disturbing when you take into account that she is only one of several ESPN reporters who have been suspended in the last 12 months for unacceptable displays of unprofessional and entitled behavior.
Anchor Keith Olbermann was suspended after a Twitter spat with Penn State University fans. Bill Simmons was suspended for publicly calling NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a liar. Commentator Stephen A. Smith was suspended for comments referring to domestic violence victims as possibly having “provoked” their abusers.
Whaaaat? Would it be ironic to say, “Let me smack you.” ???
If these personalities are representative of the organizational culture at ESPN, they need an intervention! These suspensions are the organization’s way of publicly stating this is unacceptable behavior. This is like trimming weeds at the soil line expecting them not to grow back. Addressing a problem at its root is what keeps it from growing back. Neutralizing a problem at the root is what hypnosis does.
Let’s start with Britt McHenry. While she is experiencing some downtime from her job, she can seek the help of a hypnotherapist to be able to understand her actions, beliefs and motivations. She can let go of stored beliefs that she may have formed which are detrimental. She can experience a shift in perspective that allows her to move through her personal and professional world graciously and positively. Hypnosis is a fantastic stress reliever and allows clients to be able to move through difficult situations more easily even if they are currently under enormous pressure. I say that because she seemed really stressed out and without the inner mechanism to cope intelligently in the moment. Actually, ESPN could bring in a hypnotherapist to work with ALL of the members on staff to help facilitate a more positive corporate culture.
Without a means to facilitate real change, it seems that it’s just a matter of time before we hear another ESPN voice spilling more negativity into the world; casting ESPN like an organization of big mouths and small minds.
So come on Britt McHenry, get in my chair! We can rehabilitate those automatic behaviors and send you back into the game a better person with a more evolved perspective. You’ll be shocked at how your stress level floats down so quickly and easily.
ESPN staff you can be next. Hypnotherapy can be both reparative and preventative.
Let’s get started.
About the author: Mona Jones is a Certified Hypnotherapist in Orange County, California who works with executives, entrepreneurs and other professionals to release and manage stress, neutralize self limiting beliefs. For more information on how you or your company can benefit from hypnosis visit the Contract Us page of monajoneshypnosis.com