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 […]

Forbes: Tech overuse and stress

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In this article for Forbes, Michelle discusses that while technology can be a productivity booster, too much tech in a person’s working day can negatively impact their mental health and well-being. A report for the European Parliament reviewed 22 prior studies on the impacts of digital technologies in the workplace and highlighted the impact of what’s called […]

NewsLtd SmartDaily Herald Sun: Spring into fresh routines as the weather warms up

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Thanks to Sarah Marinos and News Corp Australia, Michelle offers her four tips on how to get you started with a new healthy lifestyle and routine. The change of season is the perfect time to consider new ways of doing things to improve your lifestyle, health and finances. Continue reading.

When does striving go too far?

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We are often told to set Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals. To strive for the best. To get it right. To not make mistakes. In short, to be perfect. Perfection. It’s an interesting concept because what’s perfect depends on perspective. We also hold different opinions on the merits of striving for perfectionism. As a concept, it […]

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 […]

What’s your part?

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When your working relationship with your boss is challenging, it’s easy to lay the blame at their feet. Perhaps you have judged them to be ineffective, unethical, power-hungry, a bully, a narcissist, a perfectionist, a micro-managing control freak, or some other not so lovely adjective that defines how you see them. They may be all […]

Leaderonomics: Five Tips for Switching Off From Work

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Thanks to Leaderonomics for the opportunity for Michelle to share her five tips on how to switch off from work. Work Matters But So Do You – Remember to Disconnect. These days switching off from work isn’t as simple as packing up and heading home. There are often expectations that you are constantly on and […]

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 […]

AFR Work & Careers Newsletter: Tip of the Week

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Thank to Tess Bennett (Work & Careers reporter for AFR),  Michelle provides her ‘Tip of the Week’ in the Work & Careers newsletter (brought to you in partnership with SEEK). Set your intentions for the year Identifying goals can help workers make career progress by prioritising what’s most important, says workplace expert Michelle Gibbings. “Now’s […]

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 […]