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.
"You are surrounded by your worst triggers" - the sounds that drive you up the wall at work
From loud chewing to breathing and keyboard tapping, many of you have your pet peeves when it comes to sounds at work that drive you to distraction.
But for some of you, it’s a disorder that can cause extreme reactions like anger, panic, and fear. It’s called misophonia and in this episode you’ll understand exactly what it is, how it impacts people at work and what you can do about it.
Why so tired? The 'Great November' disease at work
“If I can just get to Christmas, fall over the finishing line, it’ll all be fixed.”
Sounds about right, but unfortunately it’s not true.
In this episode we’re diving into why we’re feeling so tired, how it’s impacting our work and what we can do about it while avoiding the ‘Great November’ disease.
The case for reading fiction at work
“Fiction seems to do something in our brains that nonfiction doesn't.”
What was the last book you read? And did you know it gave you something more than just some relaxing downtime?
It turns out that books, especially fiction, can develop key skills needed for our careers.
Book and short story recommendations mentioned:
Poseidon, Franz Kafka
The Helpline, Katherine Collette
Out of Sheer Rage, Geoff Dyer
Adam Grant on how to unleash your hidden potential
How do we go from wanting to do something to actually doing it, and doing it well?
According to Organisational Psychologist and Professor Adam Grant, we need to tap into our hidden potential and hone our character skills.
How to escape the perfection trap
“I remember I wrote 500 words of my thesis on Christmas Day. I was really proud of that at the time.”
Dr Thomas Curran is bruised from the perfection trap but he slowly made his way out of it. But how did he do it?
He shares insights from his own experience, unpacks why perfectionism is on the rise, what it can look like at work, and how you can move away from perfectionist tendencies yourself.
Out for blood: Energy vampires at work
They’re not creatures of the night, but creatures in every workplace.
Ever had a colleague that left you feeling drained of energy after a conversation? Or perhaps you’ve been feeling low in energy yourself and worried you might be the one sucking the fun out of the room?
Either way, we’re here to help. Learn how to identify the workplace energy vampire and arm yourself not with a garlic necklace but with some useful tools to help restore energy levels without drawing blood.
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Love these episodes - informative and some wit along the way for good measure. Great resource
Lisa is a very fun and mature interviewer well down on getting to the nitty gritty on various work topics and the psychological underpinnings