80 episodes

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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    • 4.8, 166 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.

    Marrying love and ambition, couples and careers

    Marrying love and ambition, couples and careers

    What are the crucial conversations every couple must have for their marriage AND their career to survive?

    Dual-career couples are now the rule rather than the exception - in Australia 65 per cent of couples with children both work. 

    Jennifer Petriglieri is a professor of organisational behaviour at INSEAD Business School and she shares her research on the crucial transitions couples must navigate to make sure they not just survive but thrive in love AND work. She covers the contract she and her now-husband signed at the start of their relationship, how to have the difficult conversations around career (often is more about a power struggle),

    Jennifer's book is Couples That Work.



    Thanks to our couple Scott and Laura, our anonymous doctor and Kate Bennett Ericksson for their time and honest insights.

    (This program was first broadcast on 16 March, 2020.)

    PRODUCER: Maria Tickle

    • 25 min
    Power up for work with deliberate rest

    Power up for work with deliberate rest

    Are you good at resting?

    Hint: effective rest does not involve blobbing in front of the tv and eating a block of chocolate. Sorry!

    Dr Alex Soojung-Kim Pang was so intrigued about how to bring his best self to work, that he started doing some deep research into the area of productivity where he discovered that one of the secrets to productivity is actually “deliberate rest” .

    So, in this final episode in our series on Performing in a Pandemic, we explore the concept of rest. And we share how we can all be better at it!

    And, if you are looking for a book to get stuck into whilst you are taking a break from your emails - Steph Clarke, facilitator and podcaster and Lisa share their favourite books helping them navigate work right now. 

    GUESTS:

    Dr Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, technology forecaster and futurist

    Steph Clarke, presenter of podcast Steph’s Business Bookshelf

    PRODUCER: Maria Tickle

    • 25 min
    THE BONUS: what I wish I knew as a young doctor

    THE BONUS: what I wish I knew as a young doctor

    Oncologist and writer Dr Ranjana Srivastava shares what she wish she had known earlier about her career choice and the challenges it presented along the way.

    Books by Ranjana: A Better Death: Conversations About the Art of Living and Dying Well and What it Takes to Be a Doctor

    • 7 min
    Nir Eyal on taking control of technology to become "indistractible"

    Nir Eyal on taking control of technology to become "indistractible"

    Do you have trouble focussing on a work task because of distraction, especially by the endless pings and dings of your phone and computer? You are not alone.

    We find out how to turn the secrets behind habit-forming products like your mobile phone, and social media apps to your advantage to make you “indistractable” at work. 

    The man who actually wrote the book on what is happening psychologically with those “pings and dings”, former Stanford lecturer and behavioural design expert Nir Eyal shares his antidotes. 

    Nir’s insights include:

    *The real reason you get distracted (hint: it isn’t about the tech).

    *Why you should step away from your To Do list.
    *How to time box your calendar
    *How the company Slack ensures that their workers aren’t distracted by...Slack!

    Nir Ayal, author of Indistractable and Hooked: how to build habit forming products.

    And hear Nir's "hack backs" for email, group chat and meeting on The Bonus.

    Producer: Maria Tickle

    • 25 min
    THE BONUS - Nir Eyal's tips to hack back your time and attention

    THE BONUS - Nir Eyal's tips to hack back your time and attention

    The Bonus is our little offering of hump-day help to get you through these trying times at work.

    • 10 min
    The power of everyday routines to boost your work life

    The power of everyday routines to boost your work life

    Routines and rituals boost productivity and wellbeing - but how?
    We explore why we need routines and rituals, how to create your own and how they can improve your work ethic, output and satisfaction.



    GUESTS:

    Dr Sean O’Connor, Director of Sydney University’s Coaching Psychology Unit
    Casper ter Kuile, Harvard Divinity School fellow and author of The Power of Ritual: Turning Everyday Activities into Soulful Practices



    With thanks to: 

    Kate Christie, time management expert

    Steph Clarke, podcaster

    Susie Hopkins, TWL listener

    Producer: Zoe Ferguson

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
166 Ratings

166 Ratings

stacey davo ,

Love it!

Love you work Lisa! Super informative and interesting.
Stacey D (ex Lincoln Times-er) 😊

Exyogi ,

Informative, insightful and inspiring

I listen to lots of different podcasts, however This Working Life with a Lisa is one of my favourite! Interesting, relevant topics that are not too long or to short, just right!

A.Stakhanov ,

Helpful

I spend most of my life working. ABC radio has lots of great contents, but this podcast speaks to what I do with most of my waking hours.

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