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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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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.

    Show me the money, but will it make me happy at work?

    Show me the money, but will it make me happy at work?

    As the saying goes “money can’t buy happiness”, but does getting paid more make us happier and more motivated at work? And if not, what does? And why is it still such a taboo topic? We also hear negotiation strategies to use with your boss and what you need to do to stay employable after 40.



    GUESTS:

    Professor Adrian Furnham, author of The New Psychology of Money (and about 100 other books)

    Adjunct professor at BI Norwegian Business School and professor at University College London.

    Emily Barnes, mediator

    Kate McCallum, financial advisor and co-author of The Joy of Money.




    Producer: Maria Tickle

    • 25 min
    The rise of insecure work

    The rise of insecure work

    In the last 20 years, the way we’re employed has evolved almost as quickly as our mobile phones. For a lot of us that means our work has become a lot less secure than it once was. We explore why that is, the impact on us and what we can do about it.

    • 25 min
    Be the change you wish to see in the world of work

    Be the change you wish to see in the world of work

    Many of us dream about making big changes in the world, but so few do. So what does it take to be a changemaker?

    Geoff Hucker’s 34-year career as a pilot took him around the globe multiple times. But he didn’t always feel the calling to make change. It was a trip to Ethiopia that led Geoff to start not one but two organisations aimed at making the world a better place: Beyond the Orphanage and Work For Impact.

    And the end of 2020 is in sight and frankly it’s been a hell of a year. It’s been particularly tough on our mental health so we get some tips on how to manage mental health with people management specialist Karen Gately including avoiding burnout and what to do if one of your colleagues is struggling.

    Producer: Maria Tickle

    • 25 min
    Harnessing the power of atomic habits to break bad habits and build good ones

    Harnessing the power of atomic habits to break bad habits and build good ones

    Never underestimate the power of habits, especially the teeny, tiny ones we repeat every day, the ones author James Clear calls “atomic habits”. We discuss Clear’s ideas of how we can harness habits to perform better at work especially in these stressful pandemic times with fangirl and neuroscientist Dr Sarah McKay.

    Then organisational psychologist and leadership coach Dr Travis Kemp explains why You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney is his go-to work book.

    Recommended read: Atomic Habits, How to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones by James Clear.

    Producer: Maria Tickle

    • 25 min
    Harnessing humour as a superpower at work

    Harnessing humour as a superpower at work

    “A group of behavioural scientists walk into a bar…”  

    Sounds like the start of a joke right - it’s not.

    Those ten people were gathering to perform sketch comedy and two of them ended up researching the hypothesis that humour is serious business and that it is vastly underleveraged in most workplaces today.   

    Dr Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas now teach the course Humor: Serious Business at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and have co-authored the book Humor, Seriously: why humor is a secret weapon in business and life.

    They explain what levity does to our brains and how anyone can harness it and use it skilfully at work.

    Can you spot the finger in the photo? Now that's funny.



    What is your humour type? Here is the quiz.


    Producer: Maria Tickle

    • 25 min
    Who can you trust at work and why is it so crucial in a pandemic?

    Who can you trust at work and why is it so crucial in a pandemic?

    Trust is hard to gain but easy to lose. And it's crucial at work particularly in times of crisis like the current pandemic.

    So how do you build trust with your colleagues and throughout the wider organisation? Can you re-build it after you lose it? And what does the neuro-chemical oxytocin have to do with trust?

    GUESTS:

    Dr Paul Zak, Professor of economic sciences, psychology and management, Claremont Graduate University and author of Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High Performance Companies 


    Dr Nicole Gillespie, Professor of management and KPMG chair in organisational trust, University of Queensland.



    Producers: Edwina Stott and Maria Tickle

    • 25 min

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