Is your help, helpful?

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Pandas, polar bears, marine turtles and jaguars are a few of the animals that are solitary creatures. Humans are quite the opposite. We need interaction and connection. Evolutionary biologists have examined how we have evolved in small networks, which involved cooperation and conflict. What underpins cooperation is the concept of social exchange, whereby one person does […]

CEO Magazine: Workplace expert explains how to manage your return-to-work anxiety

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With global concerns still lingering in a world trying to get back on track, workplace expert Michelle Gibbings explains the best ways to make returning to work seamless. Thanks to CEO Magazine for the opportunity for Michelle to share her tips. This year has kicked off with disrupted holidays, cancelled events, mixed expectations and uncertainty […]

Never enough? Contentment is the answer

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In Anthony De Mello’s beautiful book, The Song of the Bird, he tells the tale of the contented fisherman and a wealthy industrialist. The industrialist is horrified to find the fisherman lying beside his boat and not working. “Why aren’t you out fishing,” he asks. “Because I have caught enough fish for this day”, comes the reply. The […]

GRC Institute: Expectation, Hope Theory & Optimism

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Listen in as Michelle chats with Kwame Slusher from the GRC Institute about expectations, hope and optimism in the workplace. Listen to the podcast here. Michelle has written about this topic before here.  

Leaderonomics: How Forgiving are You?

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As published in Leaderonomics, Michelle highlights that forgiving is not for others, it’s for you. Barely a week goes past without seeing an example of a collective pile on (usually via social media) to someone deemed to have done something wrong. Sometimes the outrage may even seem reasonable; on many occasions, there are many layers […]

Are you relying on your Wise Owl or Guard Dog?

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We all love to believe that we are rational and reasonable beings – who always make wise decisions consciously using fact and reason. However, over the years, research has shown repeatedly that much of our decision making is emotionally driven. It’s not so much that we always weigh up the costs and benefits to make […]

Body & Soul: Work getting you down? Tragic optimism might be the answer

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Is work getting you down? Thanks to news.com.au for the opportunity to provide my ideas and suggestions on how to get through some of the toughest periods. The brain tricks to cope when the negativity is getting you down. Are you struggling with end of year fatigue and feeling frustrated, disappointed and a range of […]

How Forgiving are You?

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Barely a week goes past without seeing an example of a collective pile on (usually via social media) to someone deemed to have done something wrong. Sometimes the outrage may even seem reasonable; on many occasions, there are many layers to the story which are unknown. Jon Ronson’s fabulous book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed highlights the […]

Are your expectations, hope and optimism not helping you?

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I was chatting with my mum recently (who lives in Queensland) and she asked me how I was doing. Oddly, I found it hard to respond. I wasn’t feeling bad or dreadfully unhappy during Melbourne’s lockdown number 6, nor was I feeling happy. Instead, it was a weird kind of feeling of nothingness (not a word […]

CEO Magazine: Workplace expert’s advice to eliminating the unproductive mid-year slump

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In this article on CEO Magazine, Michelle Gibbings explains the simplest ways to hack your deflated work ethic back into action. Getting up and going can be hard on those cold, dark wintry days, and your productivity can wane to the detriment of your employer, or worse, your own business. A range of studies has […]