Do you have an emotional hangover?

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Have you ever had a time when you forget what it felt like to be you? I was reminded of this a few weeks ago. I was meeting some colleagues for drinks after work, and I didn’t feel like going. It was rainy and cold, and I was working from home. So, getting dressed up […]

Are you counting down yet?

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It’s four weeks until Christmas and, for many, summer holidays. Holidays are always something to look forward to, and we often derive much joy purely from the anticipation of the holiday. Sadly, research suggests that the glow from a holiday only lasts a couple of weeks, so you want to ensure you make the most of your […]

What are you primed for?

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If you’ve ever painted a room in a house before, you’ll likely have engaged in the debate about whether to prime or not. Advocates of priming will tell you that it prepares the surface and will help you get a cleaner and smoother finish. Opponents will say it’s a waste of time and just adds […]

Are you outsourcing what you love?

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As someone who loves to get things done, I am always looking for ways to save time and make the most of it. I’m not alone on that front. There are productivity hacks, mantras, books, gurus, and many messages telling us to be productive. There’s even a Productivity Commission. Productivity in all these guises is […]

How about some listening?

When I was in primary school, most of my school report cards went along the following lines ‘Michelle is a great student, if only her talkative nature could be curbed’. I apparently spent a little too much time distracting my classmates by chatting. Needless to say, my talkative nature was never curbed. This week’s weekly […]

Are your workplace habits helpful or harmful?

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When you think of bad habits, what springs to mind? Not getting enough exercise, eating poorly, or watching too much TV. The list can be long. Mostly the habits we recall are personally focused and outside the working environment. Yet, just as you can have poor lifestyle habits, you can have poor work habits too. […]

Are you still on track?

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The Aesop’s fable – The Ass and his Driver – centres (as the title would suggest) on a Driver and an Ass. The story goes that the Ass was being driven along a road down the mountain when he “took it into his silly head to choose his own path”. The driver (who was also his so-called ‘master’) […]

Are you alert to the change cane toads at work?

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It seemed like a good idea at the time. You’ve got a problem and identified a solution. Tested the solution, and now you’ve rolled it out. The team and you sit back and celebrate your success…only to find unexpected impacts derail the change. Dependencies and connections you hadn’t identified have risen to the surface, and […]

Who’s in your career corner?

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Success rarely happens alone. This tried and tested statement came to the fore over the weekend, as I was baulking at doing something because I was worried about being judged. A former colleague stepped into a support role and helpfully challenged me – spelling out all the reasons why I should and to better back […]

Do you need to shift your perspective?

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The children’s book, A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberton tells the tale of a little girl and a small animal (labelled a “strange beast” in the book). In the first part, the story is told from the girl’s perspective. One day she is walking through the “deep dark woods” and sees a strange little beast. She […]