Lead from Wholeness: A Breakthrough for the Damaged and Emotionally UNintelligent

Based on Savanting Studies 1 to 6 in Savanting: Outperforming your Potential (2019): Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Jim Carrey


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Dear Lauren,

My career needs rescuing from my emotional outbursts.  My strength as a leader is marred by my emotions being hijacked by past trauma and anger tapes about people who damaged me. 

When I get triggered, I find myself speaking to my people as if they were the ones who harmed me.  This interferes with my ability to lead them.  It also hurts my heart that I’m treating good people badly.  As a result, the effects of my outbursts are actually re-damaging me. 

At more junior positions, I had the outbursts under control.  As I’ve risen through the IT department of this Fortune 500 company, the stress seems to be exacerbating the problem.  This failing is keeping me out of the C-Suite where my skills and executive mindset suggest I belong.

Company executives put up with my issues because I’m talented at what I do.  However, this is not the person I want to be nor the life I want to live.  I’ve taken anger management courses, pursued various therapies, mindfulness meditation, and exercise to release the tension.  How can I stop this cycle of continuously damaging myself and my people once and for all, Lauren?


Damaged leader


Before I begin, Kevin, may I know more about what you consider the highest application of your talents?  I want to customize my advice for you.  If you’re not sure of your answer, you might go back to the “Define your ideal flow-trigger tasks” section of my Lead from Full Power article. 

You’ll want to examine past patterns of events to discover your top-talent-flow theme, your unpaid-work theme, your frontier-pursuit theme, your knowledge-pursuit theme, your creation-pursuit theme, and your successful-projects theme.  Any and all of these will consistently point to your strongest talents and passions.


I’m captivated by technology, Lauren.  I’m a corporate technology strategist and futurist.  Researching technology solutions energizes me.  I thrive on using it to upgrade performance and profits across the company and industry.  I’m a leader more for my knowledge, strategic capability, and my exciting breakthroughs than my leadership finesse.  That’s why people like working for me despite my emotional volatility. 



1.     Disable toxicity

Thanks, Kevin.  It’d be ideal if we could go back and eliminate the original traumatic causes of the damage behind your outbursts.  However, I don’t want you to relive traumatic events which could also re-injure you.  Therefore, I want to redefine your goal to that of disabling the power of past trauma to trigger you.  Then we don’t have to waste time trying to remove toxicity from your system.

2.     Bio-maximize or self-actualize

Human beings have evolved a multitude of mechanisms and biochemistry to entice us to operate at our maximum.  They ensure the survival of the individual and the species.  I propose we deploy them to solve your immediate issues while maximizing your career. 

The key constellations of maximizing mechanisms I want to harness surround (a) top-talent flow; (b) the brain’s neuroplasticity; and (c) the pull to self-actualization or maximization.  The father of self-actualization, Abraham Maslow, defines it as “the tendency for [one] to become actually in what [one] is potentially: to become everything one is capable of becoming.” 

If we could actualize or maximize you, Kevin, we could solve your issues with a holistic change rather than a surgical one.  Maximization means that toxicity will be deactivated.  Maximization also means better performance for career goals.  It means achieving and leaving a legacy at your full potential.  Let’s look at an actionable strategy for achieving this redefined goal. 


Redesign your work to avoid toxicity triggers

A.    Relieve

Enjoy a toxic-free state

According to the renowned expert on flow, psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: “One of the most frequently mentioned dimensions of the flow experience is that, while it lasts, one is able to forget all the unpleasant aspects of life.”[1]  In flow’s altered state of consciousness, there are no toxic emotions.  Theoretically, if we could redesign your job to keep you in flow, your problem would be solved.  Unfortunately, not all flow states are equally effective. 

However, I invented a subset of Csikszentmihalyi’s flow which will simultaneously provide relief from your toxic outbursts while accelerating your career to self-actualization.  I call it “top-talent flow.”  It’s the peak-performance, peak-growth, peak-reward flow state that emerges when you perform tasks that apply your strongest most rewarding talents to their most meaningful application for audiences who’ll most value this work.  It is the mechanism humans have evolved for instant maximization.

Therefore, my strategy will be to redesign your job so that you spend as much time as possible in top-talent flow where there’ll be no interference from your traumatic triggers.  You’ll have immediate relief from toxic emotions.  Your cycle of re-injuring yourself with emotional outbursts will cease. 


Lauren Holmes
Lauren Holmes
Lauren Holmes is a cutting-edge career maximization strategist specializing in accelerated growth to sustainable self-actualization. Her work is driven by an obsession for pushing the envelope on human potential and accessing the consciousness and capabilities of the future human now. As CEO of an executive search firm specializing in corporate change leaders, Lauren interviewed the best in the C-suites and boardrooms of some of the most successful global companies. Her breakthrough maximization theories resulted from viewing these interviews through the lens of her degree in evolutionary and biological anthropology. Lauren then tested these theories through action-learning experimentation with clients during her two decades as CEO of Frontiering, her career acceleration firm. The Savanting Study series which Lauren is now writing is an extension of studies in her 2019 book, Savanting: Outperforming your Potential. The first six studies arose from her comparative analysis of Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Jim Carrey. Savanting reveals the commonalities behind their success which prove Lauren’s unique paradigm for true human potential. Each Savanting Study provides actionable instructions for how to resolve common career and work challenges in a way which simultaneously springboards one to self-actualization and the emotional, material, and meaningful rewards of career maximization.

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  1. Feeling in an optimal emotional state involves enjoying solid confidence based on healthy self-esteem. If one feels this personal power, then he knows what it’s worth, he knows his true personality and he knows he doesn’t have to prove anything to anyone.
    When a person enjoys good emotional emancipation, he knows that in his hands he has a wide range of possibilities.
    However, emotional emancipation is not an easy path.

    • So true, Aldo. My heart goes out to those facing any type of emotional toxicity including fear, depression, overwhelm, bipolar disorder, and so on. I invited Kevin to offer his reaction to “Lead from Wholeness” and he reminded me of something I didn’t include. In addition to flow states being free of toxic emotions, they are egoless states. There is no sense of self.

      Not only does Kevin not have to think about the threat of emotional outbursts, he doesn’t even have to think about himself at all. He can exist in the powerful, confident state you describe, Aldo. He finds top-talent flow state not only egoless but restorative. It re-centers him to his natural core and his maximum.

      In top-talent flow, all that Kevin experiences is pure creation or discovery. Now, whenever he feels any emotional issues coming on, he escapes into flow as quickly as possible. It’s his panacea.

      His “Kevin talent science” for maximizing his strongest talents (see “Lead from Full Power”) is now quite advanced and the projects in his creativity domain (see “Lead from your Creativity Domain,” Study 10) are “thrillingly groundbreaking.” Consequently, his addiction to flow is quite strong. There are lots of exciting tasks in his world that will incite him to enter flow instantly.

      Hopefully, the path to emotional emancipation is now easier than you might have anticipated, Aldo.