100 episodes

What does it mean to love and work well? What’s required? What gets in the way? And how do I pursue what truly matters? Freud taught “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness,” and our ability to love and work well is deeply connected to our happiness in life.
Working at the intersection of business and psychology, Dr. Melissa Smith helps you identify what it takes to love and work well, pursue what matters, and live with more joy today. Get clear on intention, lead yourself first, and thrive in love and work.

Pursue What Matters Dr. Melissa Smith

    • Health & Fitness
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What does it mean to love and work well? What’s required? What gets in the way? And how do I pursue what truly matters? Freud taught “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness,” and our ability to love and work well is deeply connected to our happiness in life.
Working at the intersection of business and psychology, Dr. Melissa Smith helps you identify what it takes to love and work well, pursue what matters, and live with more joy today. Get clear on intention, lead yourself first, and thrive in love and work.

    Episode 105: Are You A Giver?

    Episode 105: Are You A Giver?

    Are you a giver? In your efforts to be a good friend and team member, do you often find others relying on your perspective, problem-solving, and compassion? When you and I give like this, we are often highly valued by those around us, but how is all that giving working out for you personally? It turns out that givers are at greater risk for burnout, unbalanced relationships, and resentment.
    But it’s not a foregone conclusion that being a giver will deplete. This week’s podcast is focused on helping you find balance as a giver. Givers who have balance in their giving and receiving reap all the incredible benefits of sharing what they have  while not dealing with the costs of imbalance. 
    This week I’ll talk about how to be a giver, while still working towards and achieving your goals. I’ll talk about balancing roles, boundaries, and expectations with those around you. I’ll also help you see if you’re relying too much on a giver in your own life. I hope you’ll join me.
    Show notes and other resources available at:
    www.drmelissasmith.com/giver
     

    • 37 min
    Episode 104: Who Not How

    Episode 104: Who Not How

    A lot of different people will tell you a lot of different keys to success in life. The focus is very often on how to be successful. You may be encouraged to be disciplined, get an education, make your bed, and on and on.
    The how to success is no doubt very important. You and I need to work hard and do the things in our own lives that will make us successful. But this focus on how often leads you to taking on the world alone. Doing this leads to burnout and limits vision to what you alone can do in your days and weeks. 
    With today’s podcast, I have an equally important question for you. Who do you need to help you succeed? 
    This week I’m reviewing Who Not How: The Formula to Achieve Bigger Goals Through Accelerating Teamwork, by Dan Sullivan. This excellent book makes the case for why the people around you are so vital to your success. It discusses how to share the load with others, so you can do your best work, and ultimately transcend anything you could’ve done alone. This is a fantastic book, I hope you’ll join me!
    Show notes and other resources available at:
    www.drmelissasmith.com/whonothow

    • 32 min
    Episode 103: 5 People You Need in Your Corner

    Episode 103: 5 People You Need in Your Corner

    For every military special operator in the field, they require six additional personnel to support their missions. These are the most highly trained individuals in the world, and yet they can’t succeed without the people around them.
    It’s the same for us! We cannot do our jobs, fulfill our roles, or live up to our potential without the people around us. Research has shown time and again that “you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
    There are specific types of people who will help drive you to success, and others who could hold you back from success. Today I’m going to share with you the five people you need in your corner in order to build success in love and work.
    Show notes available at:
    www.drmelissasmith.com/fivepeople
     

    • 54 min
    Episode 102: Stress and Leadership

    Episode 102: Stress and Leadership

    This week I'm diving even deeper into the topic of stress. If you listened last week, you’ll know that I discussed how stress is not the problem. This week I’m looking into how stress shows up at work. 
    You've probably dealt with leaders in stressful situations before. How did they act? Maybe some got angry, upset, or blamed others. Perhaps you’ve seen other leaders get quiet or stop communicating altogether. There are a lot of different ways that we deal with stress at work, some of them effective and others less effective. 
    Join me on this podcast where we focus on the impact of stress on leadership and your teams. We’ll help you identify your stress signs, and talk about specific ways you can help yourself and those you work with cope with stress effectively.
    Show Notes available at:
    www.drmelissasmith.com/stressandleadership

    • 51 min
    Episode 101: Stress is Not the Problem

    Episode 101: Stress is Not the Problem

    Stress is a part of life, and it affects us all differently. Some people get quiet and reserved, some get loud, some get anxious, and others get angry. With a wide variety of possible reactions, it's vital that you as a leader understand how your people handle stress and how that affects their work. 
    Before you can understand the stress in others, it's important that you understand it in yourself. The way you handle your stressors, and your beliefs about them are key in determining whether that stress will be beneficial to you or not. In this episode, my focus is on helping you change your approach to your work so that stress is beneficial to you, and doesn't undermine your work or your happiness. This will help you, and give you the tools to help those you lead.
    Show Notes available at:
    www.drmelissasmith.com/nottheproblem

    • 23 min
    Episode 100: Embrace Ambition

    Episode 100: Embrace Ambition

    Are you ambitious? Or were you taught that ambition is a dirty word, something to be avoided? For a lot of us growing up, ambition has been something that was really encouraged in men, but not so much for women. Well I’m here to tell you that you need to embrace ambition, regardless of your gender. 
    Today’s episode is focused on embracing ambition, the messages that make that challenging, and how you can overcome beliefs that could hold you back. As you embrace ambition, you move forward on your path to purpose, and we benefit from your gifts.
    Show notes and other resources available at:
    www.drmelissasmith.com/ambition

    • 1 hr 2 min

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Leadership with heart

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Powerful and motivating podcast!!

Amazing and motivating podcast about the learning process, the issues we face while
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Powerful podcast!

Dr. Smith gives wonderful examples of everyday life experiences, research, and applicable tools, to help all of us look at how we can assess our own lives and make it more productive while loving ourselves and everyone else more deeply in the process. This is a must listen to podcast for all!

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