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.
The Bonus: Givers and Takers
Are you a giver or a taker at work?
Unlocking the keys to deep listening at work
How well do you listen to people at work? No, stop and think - how well do you really listen, not just wait for your turn to talk or be distracted by the chatter in your head: "Wish he would hurry the hell up!" or "Here she goes pushing that agenda again, now I will be late for the gym."
Executive coach Oscar Trimboli and author calls it deep listening and he says it involves not just listening to the content but also the meaning, context and most importantly, the unsaid. And it can change your life and your career.
And if you are struggling a little in finding your mojo after being suddenly thrust into WFH, organisational psychologist, podcaster and founder of Inventium, Amantha Imber, shares her science-based tips on how to better structure your day to get stuff done.
Oscar's book: Deep Listening - Impact Beyond Words.
Deep listening quiz
Producer: Maria Tickle
(This program was first broadcast on Radio National on April 13, 2020.)
The Bonus: Life in the Woods
To get through this second COVID lockdown, Lisa has gone deep with her night-time reading. In this episode she discusses Henry David Thoreau's Walden: or, Life in the Woods with Steph Clarke facilitator and host of Steph's Business Bookshelf. Lisa explains how this book has helped her re-frame her approach to work and get a grip on her finances in these challenging times.
Last week on The Bonus: Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl
(And if you enjoy the show help us out by sharing and rating us with those little stars. Five thanks!)
The art and science of brainstorming and why so many get it so wrong
When your boss mentions "brainstorming" what do you picture - rapid, creative, ideas generation or death by Post-it Note?
Pick up your permanent markers and unroll that butcher’s paper because we’re diving into the art and science of brainstorming - what works, what doesn’t and why some people are doing it all wrong.
Professor Gerard Puccio, organisational psychologist from Buffalo State
Art Markman, Professor of Psychology and Marketing at the University of Texas, Austin.
Sarah Crowley, transport and precinct planning specialist
James Atkins, director and strategic planning facilitator
The Bonus: learnings from Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl
We nerd out on non-fiction books that can make us better at work with Steph Clarke, facilitator and host of the podcast Steph’s Business Bookshelf. Steph's pick is Man’s Search for Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust by Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl.
Falling into the conclusion trap
How deliberate are you about the way you make decisions at work? Bad decisions can result in wasted time, money and jobs. For example, when a company restructure goes badly, or when there is investment in a “sexy app” that ultimately no one uses. Dan Markovitz says that the number 1 reason that bad decisions are made are because people leap to a solution - what he labels the “conclusion trap”.
Dan explains how we can all make better decisions by slowing down and paying more attention to the problem itself before we leap to the conclusion. He shares his four-step method to avoid the conclusion trap.
And author Carolyn Tate has used daily journaling for the past ten years, she explains how this free association style of writing has supercharged her output as a writer.