Bright & Wize, a Brize podcast, is dedicated to demonstrating how soft skills, powered by self-awareness, are the key to career success, happiness, and mental well-being. Our guests share their career successes and failures to demonstrate how their commitment to strengthening their soft skills helps them successfully maneuver career challenges and work more productively. The host of Bright & Wize is Leslie Ferry, the founder of Brize, an app that helps individuals develop and strengthen their people skills to achieve their definition of career success. Visit https://brize.co to learn more.
How & Why Self-Awareness is The Superpower for Career Mental Well-Being, Happiness, & Success
There is a growing recognition that self-awareness is the secret to career success, happiness, and mental well-being. But the big challenge is knowing how to develop it. On this episode, Leslie shares information from the psychologists and career coaches who developed the educational content for Brize, including:
How self-awareness powers career mental well-beingThe broader details of what it means to be self-awareHow Brize’s approach eases the overwhelming feeling of knowing how to develop self-awareness and soft skills Brize users:
Learn how to achieve their career goalsDevelop strong soft skills and deeper self-awareness through work-related exercisesStrengthen their mental health and well-being
Two Secrets to Building Self-Awareness and Succeed at Work
This week, we wrap up our conversation with Dr. Mo McCusker and Dr. Nikki Blacksmith, who share a secret to building self-awareness and succeeding at work. This episode may be short, but it is powerful.
To build self-awareness, you’ll hear that we need to seek knowledge of self, others, and us and what our emotions tell us.
#selfawareness #curiousity #careersuccess
Self-Awareness Barrier: Fear of Failure, But No One Succeeds Without Failing
This Bright & Wize episode with guests Dr. Mo McCusker and Dr. Nikki Blacksmith is jammed packed with insights and invaluable advice on how to embrace mistakes and failures versus fearing them.
As Nikki shares, a fear of failure is rooted in fear of looking foolish and how others will perceive us. She goes on to share that success is less about the mistake but rather how we handle it. When we take responsibility for our actions that might feel like a failure to us, others are more forgiving and will pitch in to help us fix it if needed. Mo shares that failure is a rite of passage in the start-up space and that teammates lift each other in work environments that accept mistakes will happen.
Listen to hear how mistakes and failures lead to success, why it is a mistake not to accept responsibility for our errors, and sage advice on steps to take to minimize the impact of our mistakes.
And you’ll want to hear the story Nikki shares about the brave professor who tweeted their CV, but it only included their failures.
Another resource on this topic is the Brize app. It includes information on how to graciously accept responsibility for a mistake and then move on in the Intellectual Humility module. It also includes exercises to train our brains to look for the learnings in our failures.
#selfawareness #fearoffailure #softskills #humility
A Barrier to Self-Awareness: Low Confidence
Over the last two weeks, Dr. Nikki Blacksmith and Dr. Mo McCusker have explained self-awareness, illustrated its value through the positive outcomes it produces, and guided us on how to develop this invaluable knowledge. This week Leslie shifts the focus of her discussion with Mo and Nikki to the barriers we can create to gaining greater self-awareness and performing at our best.
The first barrier they explore together is confidence and how low confidence can lead to self-handicapping or self-sabotaging behaviors. Subconsciously, we can create obstacles to our belief that we can succeed and achieve our goals.
#confidence #softskills #careersuccess #impostersyndrome #selfconfidence #selfesteem
Self-Awareness, it is Not Just Understanding, but Understanding and Then...
This week Leslie is back with Dr. Nikki Blacksmith and Dr. Mo McCusker, continuing their discussion on the importance of self-awareness at work. In this episode, Nikki & Mo share guidance on how to tackle building greater self-awareness. A couple of key takeaways is that self-awareness is not a one-and-done process; we are continuously evolving and truly developing self-awareness requires more than understanding ourselves and ourselves in relation to others. Listen to learn the "and then...."
The process of building greater self-awareness includes:
Assessing our current abilities, values, and aspirationsReflecting on our actions, behaviors, skills, and output Defining and developing any needed changes#selfawareness #softskills #careererperformance
Self-Awareness: The Meta-Skill of the 21st Century
This episode’s title is a declaration of why Leslie Ferry created the Bright & Wize podcast and the Brize app. Both aim to raise personal and other self-awareness to fuel career empowerment and success.
Dr. Tasha Eurich coined self-awareness as the “meta-skill of the 21st century.” Dr. Nikki Blacksmith and Dr. Mo McCusker embody this belief and have dedicated their learning, research, and careers to empowering individual and team success through greater self-awareness and self-awareness in relation to others.
This is the first in several episodes where Nikki & Mo will share their expertise on the topics of:
Self-awareness. What it is and how it extends to learning about our colleagues at work.How it drives positive outcomes at work (and in life).How soft skills are critical to strengthening self-awareness.And finally, unknown barriers we all create to becoming self-aware and achieving our goals.# careersuccess #selfawareness #softskills
This conversation is fascinating - here we are running around thinking we’re so self-aware, but in reality it’s not as easy as it seems - especially in relation to our co-workers (or family members). I love the structure of this podcast and how relatable and accessible the info is.
Host Leslie Ferry does a great job combining her own experiences in the workplace with the topics and trends todays young professionals need to be aware of.
The topics are insightful and applicable. Subscribed!