What are you chasing?

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It’s been one of those days where your working day doesn’t seem to work anymore. It may be because your boss is getting increasingly difficult. Perhaps your colleagues are driving you nuts, or you are just bored and ready for something else. When you reach this point, you’ll often get the well-intentioned but not so […]

Are you pulling in the right direction?

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In recent weeks I’ve noticed the pace of life picking back up, and I’ve felt myself resisting the pullback to the pre-COVID life where there was always too much to do. Too many places to be. Too many things to try and squeeze into one day. As a friend commented recently, “During COVID lockdowns, where […]

Are you assuming the worst?

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Putting on someone else’s shoes never seems like an inviting task. They may be too big, too small, too smelly or just not to your liking. Many years ago, at a team offsite, this is precisely what my team colleagues and I were asked to do. We had to take off our shoes and then […]

New Idea: 5 sure-fire ways to avoid job burnout

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Burnout is on the rise and it’s felt by many workers in today’s workforce. Michelle was invited by New Idea Magazine to contribute her thoughts in this article, on ways to avoid burnout at work. In the face of shrinking job stability, mounting workloads, fewer resources to complete work and less work­ life balance, it’s […]

The unexpected benefits of the detour

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In the Lewis Carrol book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Alice follows the White Rabbit and falls down a rabbit hole, which is the start of a series of adventures. If you recall the story, you’ll know that at one point she comes across the Cheshire Cat in the woods and inquires:       “Would […]

Thrive Global: It’s time to punctuate

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Published in Thrive Global, in this article Michelle suggests now is the time to punctuate as it’s easy to stop noticing what’s around you, which is why consciously punctuating your day matters. There’s plenty of books on happiness – The Art of Happiness, Authentic Happiness, Stumbling on Happiness, The Happiness Advantage, The Happiness Project – […]

It’s time to punctuate

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There’s plenty of books on happiness – The Art of Happiness, Authentic Happiness, Stumbling on Happiness, The Happiness Advantage, The Happiness Project – just to name a few, and many are well worth reading. However, if you only take a cursory glance you could easily be left with the impression that pursuing happiness, above all […]

Why it’s so easy to judge

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Instinct can be a powerful and useful guide – providing an early warning when something (or someone) doesn’t feel right. However, there are times when our initial reaction can be misplaced. It’s suggested that it only takes seconds before we have sized someone up. Research from psychologists at Princeton University, Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov, […]

Why gratitude at work matters

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When organisations analyse their culture and determine their values, gratitude isn’t a trait that is likely to appear. Yet, more and more research is revealing the significant role it plays in elevating well-being, enhancing relationships and enabling progress. In a working world that’s constantly changing and throwing up obstacles and challenges, the ability for leaders […]

Thrive Global: The power of the pause

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There’s a time for speaking and then there’s a time for silence. Pausing and using silence as a communication tool can be very powerful. In this article published in Thrive Global, I highlight why pausing is very effective. Great communicators have an impact, but often their impact isn’t just about what they say, it’s about […]

Seeking successful impact is never one size fits all

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You’ll have seen this at some stage during a conversation; a situation where someone is frustrated and becomes increasingly so. Why? Because they aren’t getting what they want out of the conversation. However, rather than recognise that their current communication style isn’t working, they’ll dig in and keep using the same approach. Having impact, maintaining […]

What’s your impact – connection or contagion?

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We all know that viruses are contagious, but what you may not know is that emotions are contagious too.  Yes, there is such a thing as emotional contagion. If someone around you is happy, sad, angry or any other emotion, it can rub off and impact how you feel and behave; and you can have […]