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–Despite being their own bosses/in charge at work, what does codependency look like in female leaders and entrepreneurs?

-How is it that our codependency can manifest with our roles at work?

-If we are codependent with our businesses/work/accomplishments, what are the initial steps we can take to break that pattern?

Welcome to episode 97! This week, we dive into the world of codependency in female leaders and entrepreneurs. “But Marissa, how can the CEO of her company or leader at her firm be codependent?” Say hello to Ms. Alisa Taylor who will explain it all: what codependency looks like in female entrepreneurs, why their codependency manifests at work, and what underlying needs they are trying to get met at work. You’ll also hear about what happens to us codependent leaders when we achieve our goals (and it ain’t pretty). We conclude with initial steps you can take to break the pattern of codependency at work. It’s a must-listen!

More on this episode’s guest:

Alisa Taylor is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Master Level Coach to high-achieving female leaders and entrepreneurs. She helps them move out of self-doubt and into assertion to create the life they know they’re meant for. Alisa is a mom to 2 girls and loves her husband a lot. Alisa is known for authenticity and ability to communicate with generous honesty.

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We begin with hearing Alisa’s definition of codependency and an experience of it from her own life. Can you relate?

We then dive into our discussion on codependency in female leaders and entrepreneurs. Alisa describes how female entrepreneurs become codependent with their role at work which leads to them overworking, not knowing the line between life and work, and sensing that whatever they do is never enough.

Alisa describes what contributes to a woman becoming codependent at work and the needs she likely is trying to get met there. Maybe she’s trying to avoid painful emotions, maybe she’s trying to maintain relationships since failure put them at risk, maybe she’s trying to be seen in this realm, etc. Which one stands out most to you?

You’ll hear Alisa describe how codependency with work typically develops in women who were either neglected or over-parented at work. Either way, there’s an underlying attempt to maintain relationships through their achievements.

We end with Alisa sharing the sad truth that “it’s a tragic love story” for those who seek fulfillment through their codependency at work. She prescribes what we can do in order to avoid this sad ending: becoming aware/giving language to our dissatisfaction, attending therapy, journaling, seeking support (CODA, a workbook, etc.), and creating boundaries to make sense of our lives!

Thanks for coming on Alisa!
Questions for you:
What came up for you as you heard Alisa’s definition of codependency?
How do you relate to Alisa’s experience of codependency involving shame and self-blame?
Do you relate to the codependent traits of female leaders at work?
What underlying needs might you be getting med in your accomplishments and pursuit of your goals?
Have you experienced the disappointment and tragic love-story-ending when you reached a professional goal? What happened in the aftermath?
What steps from those that Alisa recommended can you implement this week?

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