Inside FMCG: Work from… How?

Publication: | |

In this article for Inside FMCG, Michelle provides tips and tricks on how to work from home and how you can manage your ‘pandemic workday’. The pandemic workday can feel like groundhog day, with increased workplace stress. never-ending zoom meetings and the blurring between home and work life, leading to mounting evidence that productivity and […]

Thrive Global: It’s time to punctuate

Publication: | |

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

Publication: | |

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 wasting time is good for you

Publication: | |

Like many, COVID-19 has impacted my work. Most notably, I am no longer flying most weeks and am spending way more time at home. And while being in lockdown mark 2.0 doesn’t feel like I am lying on a beach (I can dream about it though!), the pace has shifted. What I’ve noticed is that […]

Why it’s so easy to judge

Publication: | |

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, […]

Is it time to adjust the sails?

Publication: | |

One of the upsides of lockdown (yes, there are some), is having more time to read fiction novels. I’ve recently been reading – Below Deck by Sophie Hardcastle It’s the story of 21-year old Olivia, who meets Mac and Maggie, changing her life forever. As Mac is explaining to Olivia the finer points of learning […]

Five ways to stay productive when winter hits

Publication: | |

In the southern states, you can undoubtedly feel the early onset of winter. The mornings are darker, and there’s been fog, rain and chilly days. The days feel shorter, and it may be harder to get going in the morning. A range of studies have found that the weather impacts how we feel, think and […]

Spirit FM: Tips and insights into managing your career during a Pandemic

Publication: | |

In this radio interview for Spirit FM on the Saturday show, Michelle speaks with Ashley Dillon about how to ‘pivot’ yourself and make a career change during a pandemic, upskilling, how to futureproof your career and how to use isolation as a time to reinvent your career.

The power of validation

Publication: | |

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had super weird dreams; so too, my husband. It got me wondering as to why. And then this article, ‘Why am I having weird dreams lately?’ from The New York Times popped up in my newsfeed. It explained how many of us are having weird dreams at the […]

Let’s flip the lens

Publication: | |

When I was growing up, my mum always taught me not to use the ‘C’ word because it was rude. Now I am making an assumption you know the ‘C’ word of which I am referring. Of course, the ‘C’ word on everyone’s lips these days is different. Once again, I am not going to […]

When is enough, enough?

Publication: | | |

At the start of the year we are often asked about all the things we want to do during the year. We are encouraged to set our goals, objectives and areas of focus. Now I am certainly one to focus on goals and I love nothing better than a to do list, where I can […]

Is it them or is it you?

Publication: | |

We all have people in our personal and professional life who we find challenging. We may label them as ‘precious’, ‘difficult’, the ‘problem child’ or ‘hard work’. If they’re a colleague, the typical approach is to minimise the amount of time you spend with them and to find a way to work around them. If […]

How are you mastering your tyrannies of progress?

Publication: | |

Life is never a smooth straight line. There’s always ups and downs, which means days when you succeed and days when you don’t. What sets a person up for continued success is what they do on the days when things don’t go according to plan. Newly crowned World Number 1 tennis champion, Ash Barty, is […]

How to survive a horrible boss

Publication: | | |

Hollywood has made an industry creating movies and TV shows that portray a horrible boss. Think Miranda Priestly, Gordon Gekko, Katharine Parker and Montgomery Burns to name a few. Whilst the reality may not be as extreme as what’s portrayed on the silver screen, sadly many people find themselves working for people they don’t like […]

Who is making up your mind for you?

Publication: | |

Consider this scenario… You’ve just been appointed to a new leadership position and you are excited about the opportunity, looking forward to meeting the new team and relishing the chance to demonstrate your value by making changes and getting progress underway. At this point, there’s one unexpected thing that can derail your progress, which may […]

Ten things you can do to make a ‘bad day’ better

Publication: | |

Bad days. Crap days. Days when you don’t feel like getting out of bed, or wish you hadn’t.  We all have them, as they are a fundamental ingredient of life. Think about it for a minute: if every day you had was great you’d never truly appreciate those great days.  You’d likely take them for […]

How to stay the course when it gets tough

Publication: |

With every new project, idea or development you aim to get off the ground, there will be challenges. It’s easy to get excited about something that’s new. We get swept up in the initial enthusiasm for the benefits the change will bring. But as the work starts, the reality hits. Challenges arise. Unexpected hurdles get […]