Category: Business, Entrepreneurship
Publication date: January 23, 2024
Extent: 224 pages

The Emotional Overdraft

10 simple changes for balancing business success and wellbeing

Andy Brown


Is it possible to run a successful business without sacrificing your mental and physical health?

Most business owners and leaders have a habit of overcoming their company’s challenges at the expense of their own wellbeing. They work long hours, try to do too many things, and struggle to reconcile the excitement of the early days with the stress and exhaustion they feel now. Their businesses may be profitable, but those profits have come at a high personal cost. In other words, they’ve run up an emotional overdraft.

If this is you, you can be sure that not only is this damaging for your health, it’s also masking some of the issues that need to be resolved in your business. Because reducing your emotional overdraft is as much of a lifesaver for your company as it is for you.

While it’s common to feel this way, it’s not inevitable. This book explains why you’ve run up an emotional overdraft and how you can reduce it, so that you can create a healthier relationship with your business, your loved ones, and yourself. In the process, you’ll be helping your company to thrive in ways you could never imagine — and without having to try so hard.


PART ONE: The Fundamentals 1. What Is an Emotional Overdraft? 2. Do You Have an Emotional Overdraft?

PART TWO: Understanding the Emotional Overdraft
3. What Are Emotions, Anyway? 4. Why You Run Up an Emotional Overdraft 5. Monitoring Your Emotional Overdraft

PART THREE: How to Reduce Your Emotional Overdraft
6. The 10 Drivers of an Emotional Overdraft 7. Trust 8. Urgency 9. Expectation 10. Duty 11. JFDI 12. Cost 13. At a loss 14. Load-balancing 15. Empathy 16. Self-worth
PART FOUR: Taking it One Step Further 17. Creating and Maintaining New Habits 18. Team Emotional Overdraft
The Author



Paperback / 9781788605137 / January 23, 2024 / £14.99

Ebook / 9781788605151 / January 22, 2024 / £7.99


Andy Brown

Andy Brown is a Non-Executive Director, leadership coach, speaker and author. He provides coaching to leaders in people-based businesses, enabling them to make better decisions and to build more valuable businesses. He coaches founders and CEOs including, in recent years, two CEOs at M&C Saatchi and has advised many agencies as they prepared themselves for sale.
Over the years, Andy has recognised that most leaders subsidize their companies at the expense of their own wellbeing, which he refers to as the ‘emotional overdraft’. This insight has enabled him to save numerous clients from burnout and stress and, at the same time, made their businesses more resilient.
With more than 30 years’ experience in the field, Andy has developed coaching and training programmes which give leaders and their teams the confidence, skills and tools needed to make a positive impact on their organizations. As a result, he was voted ‘Outstanding Non-Executive Director 2021’. He is regularly invited to speak to organizations and teams about leadership and business growth.
During his career, Andy has advised more than a hundred companies in the creative services and communications sector, serving on the board of advertising and brand agencies, and working with digital media, direct response and research businesses. He has also served on the Board of the Princes Trust.
Andy produces a weekly newsletter for founders and leaders, called Rambling On. He has written hundreds of articles on leadership and business growth, is a regular contributor to podcasts and has lectured at the University of Brighton.