psnews.com.au: When to give up on the pursuit of perfection

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In this article for psnews.com.au, Michelle explains why seeking perfection can be a motivator and a driver to perform — it can also lead to procrastination, self-criticism and anxiety. We are often told to set big, hairy, audacious goals — to strive for the best; to get it right; to not make mistakes — in […]

CEOWorld Magazine: 5 ways to align your career with your values

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In this article published in CEOWorld Magazine, Michelle provides five ways you can align your career with your values.  We all have values that underpin how we feel, think and act, and they can be challenged in the workplace. So what should you do when you find yourself in a role or working for an […]

psnews.com.au: An elusive search for the meaning of intelligence

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Thanks to psnews.com.au, Michelle outlines definitions of intelligence and finds that it can manifest itself in different ways across a range of individuals. There are many words we use to describe someone who is intelligent. For example: Brainy, clever, bright, brilliant, sharp, quick-minded and smart. Who immediately springs to mind for you when you think […]

Are your workplace habits helpful or harmful?

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When you think of bad habits, what springs to mind? Not getting enough exercise, eating poorly, or watching too much TV. The list can be long. Mostly the habits we recall are personally focused and outside the working environment. Yet, just as you can have poor lifestyle habits, you can have poor work habits too. […]

Are you still on track?

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The Aesop’s fable – The Ass and his Driver – centres (as the title would suggest) on a Driver and an Ass. The story goes that the Ass was being driven along a road down the mountain when he “took it into his silly head to choose his own path”. The driver (who was also his so-called ‘master’) […]

Kochie’s Business Builders: 5 ways to better align your career with your values

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Does your current work align with your values? In this article for Kochie’s Business Builders, Michelle discusses five ways to navigate this tricky scenario.  It’s one of the key reasons why people leave the workforce to start their own business: their current work just doesn’t align with what they truly value. If that’s you, but […]

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 […]

She Defined: 8 ways to supercharge your career

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Thank you to She Defined for inviting Michelle to contribute her ideas about how you can supercharge your career. In this article, Michelle outlines eight ways you can do that.  The year is unfolding amidst much uncertainty and mixed expectations, and you may be wondering if now is a good time to make a career […]

Institute of Managers and Leaders: How to get better at saying ‘no’ at work and why it matters

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Thanks to Institute of Managers and Leaders, in this article Michelle explains why getting better at saying no at work matters. When it comes to the ingredients for career success, people are often encouraged to think that they should say ‘yes’ to every opportunity or piece of work that comes their way. Always saying ‘yes’ […]