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 […]