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Lisa Leong helps you navigate your way through the tough times, looking for the sunshine and the humanity in the world of work. From the quirky to the somewhat controversial, experts in the world of work and business share their ideas, experiments and fast fails, that you can apply to your own career. We’re cheaper than therapy and more fun than LinkedIn, think of us as your digital water cooler.

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    • 4.7 • 278 Ratings

Lisa Leong helps you navigate your way through the tough times, looking for the sunshine and the humanity in the world of work. From the quirky to the somewhat controversial, experts in the world of work and business share their ideas, experiments and fast fails, that you can apply to your own career. We’re cheaper than therapy and more fun than LinkedIn, think of us as your digital water cooler.

    Susan David on Why You Need Emotional Agility at Work

    Susan David on Why You Need Emotional Agility at Work

    Emotions at work - do you repress or ruminate? Both could be dangerous for your career. Harvard Medical School psychologist Dr Susan David is one of the world's leading management thinkers. Her Ted talk has been viewed more than five million times and her book Emotional Agility is a bestseller.

    Susan discusses the benefits of bringing our whole selves to work; emotions as data not directives (we shouldn't let them boss us around) and why emotional agility is important for teamwork and creativity.

    • 25 min
    'Mass disabling event': Long COVID is hitting Australian workplaces

    'Mass disabling event': Long COVID is hitting Australian workplaces

    We take a deep dive into this medical mystery and look at how workplaces and individuals can navigate the world of work as they recover from long COVID.

    • 25 min
    From the field to the boardroom: what business can learn from sport

    From the field to the boardroom: what business can learn from sport

    Teamwork, resilience and grit – just some of the skills from sport that we can all learn from when it comes to our work. So how can the corporate world harness these skills, and what can we learn from the athlete’s mindset?

    • 26 min
    Feeling lonely when working from home? You’re not alone. Here’s how to reconnect.

    Feeling lonely when working from home? You’re not alone. Here’s how to reconnect.

    It’s not just about getting the job done when we’re working hybridly, it’s about the connections we make. And this has been lost when we’re working from home, and this is making us feel lonely.

    In the second part of our hybrid work feature, we look at how hybrid work can leave us feeling lonely and disconnected, and what we can do about it.

     

    Guests:
    Mark Mortensen - Associate Professor, INSEAD
    Dr Caroline Knight - Research Fellow, Curtin University’s Future of Work Institute

    Sasha D’Arcy - Psychologist and ‘Inventiologist’ at Inventium

    • 24 min
    Finding your flow in hybrid work

    Finding your flow in hybrid work

    Hybrid is here to stay. So, what is pandemic-driven hybrid work doing to our ability to focus and what do we need to do to find that elusive flow state in this brave new world of work?

    In the first part of our hybrid work feature, we look at hybrid work and our level of focus when working from home, compared to in the office, and along the way we’ll bust some myths and get some attention hacks.

     

    Guests:

    Sue Williamson - Associate Professor of Human Resource Management in the School of Business at UNSW, Canberra

    Katherine Johnson - Associate Professor in Psychology in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne

    Sasha D’Arcy - Psychologist and ‘Inventiologist’ at Inventium

    • 24 min
    Are family ghosts of the past messing with your career?

    Are family ghosts of the past messing with your career?

    What is your role in your family of origin? Jester, responsible one, black sheep or peacemaker, we all have one. But did you know the role you have inherited or the values and beliefs your family held could be holding you back at work? Professor Deborah Ancona runs us through how to recognise the “family ghosts” and how to bust them.

     

    Guests:

    Deborah Ancona, Seley Distinguished Professor of Management at MIT’s Sloane School of Management

    Rebekah Donaldson, executive manager, people group at Qantas

    Anetta Pizag, workplace design consultant, strategist and author.

    HBR article Deborah co-wrote, Family Ghosts in the Executive Suite



    Producer: Maria Tickle

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
278 Ratings

278 Ratings

Save the Climate ,

Good for work and for life!

Lisa is a great host and this is an excellent podcast that covers all menner of subjects that relate to work and are also applicable to life! I connected a younger friend about it and she now enjoys Lisa and the content too.

Work is such a bit part of our lives and we need all the help we can get to flourish at work!

TheengyNG ,

Must listen podcast

I’ve been listening to TWL for years now and it’s a constant source of insight.
Not the usual “best seller” topics, TWL goes much deeper and around the corner to find topics you’d never have dreamt of (but definitely needed to hear)

NGO Recruitment ,

Great Insights

A well produced and informed program that hosts experts that are determined to improve your workplace and who understand all things to help you navigate your career.

Lisa Leong has a great interview style that always ensures potentially dry subjects are explained in plain English in an entertaining way that keeps the listener engaged.

Thanks ABC for a great program on a subject that impacts us all but rarely is addressed by the media.

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