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160 | Toxic Workplace & Narcissist Boss – Dr. Karlyn Borysenko, Zen Workplace in New Hampshire

Episode 160 is live! This week, we talk with Dr. Karlyn Borysenko in New Hampshire.

Karlyn is the Principle at Zen Workplace. She is an organizational psychologist and performance coach. Karlyn helps individuals find greater happiness and fulfillment in their professional lives, and works with organizations to help create amazing environments for their teams that drive productivity. She will also be speaking this year at SXSW at a session called “Zen Your Work: Creating an Ideal Work Experience.”

On today’s episode, Karlyn shares:

  • What elements play into an ideal work experience
  • How to start designing our ideal work experience
  • How to identify whether or not you’re working in a toxic work environment
  • How to deal with a boss who is a narcissist
  • What to do if others find you intimidating

Listen and learn more! You can play the podcast here, or download it on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher.

To learn more about Karlyn, visit her website at You can also learn more about her talk at SXSW by visiting

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You’re not the boss of me!

Happy National Boss’ Day!

In celebration of this *special* day, I have an important question. Who’s the boss of you?

I hope your answer is YOU. You’re the person who decides which risks to take. You’re the one who decides how far up the corporate ladder you want to climb.

In today’s era of ever changing careers, your own impact cannot be overstated. So, on this National Boss’ Day, I hope you’ll take a little time to think about what you want to do to better manage your own career.

Do you hope to take a continuing education class?

Do you want to volunteer to work on a new project?

Do you want to be more disciplined at work?

Do you want to take more time to network?

Do you want to update your resume and your LinkedIn profile?

Whatever your goals, don’t sit back and wait for someone else to tap you on the shoulder.

I recently interviewed Dr. Shirley Raines, the former President of the University of Memphis. Dr. Raines shared with me her own personal transformation. She went from waiting for someone to tell her she should try a new job — to asking for jobs she wanted. Although this change feels difficult, it can also be very straight-forward. To hear my entire interview with Dr. Raines, check out my interview with her on Apple Podcasts or on my website.

Shifting your mindset just a little on this issue is a game changer.

Now, this doesn’t discount the importance of your supervisor at work. They are the person who hires and fires. They will provide your future recommendation for your next job.

So, when you are searching for a new job, don’t just search for work. Look for leadership. A lack of leadership can change your career in a direction you may have never imagined.

But again, nothing substitutes for taking ownership over your own experience —   your own future — your destiny.

I hope on this National Boss’ Day, you will decide that you’re the boss of you — whether you are self-employed, or whether a corporation cuts your paycheck.

I hope these tips have helped you. Visit to find more tips to improve your job search. If I can be of assistance to you, don’t hesitate to reach out to me here.

Visit to find more tips to improve your job search. If I can be of assistance to you, don’t hesitate to reach out to me here.

Also, be sure to subscribe to my Copeland Coaching Podcast on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher where I discuss career advice every Tuesday! If you’ve already heard the podcast and enjoy it, please consider leaving a review in Apple Podcasts or Stitcher.

Happy hunting!

Angela Copeland