Cy Wakeman

Psycholgist, drama researcher, and best selling author



Cy is a drama researcher, a career she discovered accidentally and has since quantified how much drama there is in the workplace. Her research has shown that the average employee spends nearly 2.5 hours per day in drama – gossiping, tattling, withholding buy-in, resisting change and stepping down from accountability.

Drama is emotional waste – any unproductive thought or behavior – and like any other waste in the workplace, I believe drama can be eliminated through great mental processes. Cy helps leaders by giving them tools to recapture that emotional waste and upcycle it into results.

Cy started Reality-Based Leadership in order to teach leaders and individual contributors ways to lead in reality that diffuses drama in the workplace. She has formed that into an organization that does leadership development, speaking and training, and publishes unconventional tools and leadership programs to use to diffuse drama in the workplace.