Can you tame your advice-giving monster?

Do you have a tendency to tell more often than you ask? Do you love giving advice, but worry that asking for help will make you look less competent? The truth is, we all have a deeply ingrained habit of slipping into the advice-giver, expert, answer-it, solve-it, fix-it mode. After all, our brains are wired with a strong preference for certainty.

“Giving advice — even if it’s the wrong advice — often feels far more comfortable than the ambiguity of asking a question,” explained Michael Bungay Stanier, author of The Coaching Habit and owner…


The three simple steps you can take to sustain a learning mindset.

If the prospect of more change leaves your gut churning, makes your hands suddenly sweaty, and floods your brain with feelings of fear, you’re in good company. Studies have found that your brain is uniquely vulnerable to uncertainty with some researchers even arguing that fear of the unknown is what gives rise to all the other fears you experience.

“Instead of understanding that navigating change is most often like walking into a dark room with the lights turned out, requiring you to take small steps and to move…


Interview with Carol Kauffman

As vaccination levels rise and organizations begin to expect to see their workers back in the workplace, research suggests that 47% of workers are feeling anxious about a return to their pre-COVID working practices.

“Too often, people experience stress in the workplace as a result of poor communication, ineffective leadership and poor negotiation skills” explained Carol Kauffman, assistant professor at Harvard University where she is the founder of the Institute of Coaching when we spoke with her recently, “Leaders need to consider how to get the most out of each interaction they have. By simply asking…


New data shows why our working relationships feel harder.

As workers head back to their offices, a new study has found that “dealing with people” has become the biggest struggle workers are reporting when it comes to caring for their wellbeing.

“Before and throughout the global pandemic our studies with thousands of workers have repeatedly found that their biggest struggle was caring for their mental health,” explained psychologist Danielle Jacobs of The Wellbeing Lab. “But when we gathered data in May, it was the first time we’d seen ‘dealing with people’ shoot to the top of workplace wellbeing challenges for…


The State of Leadership in Australian Workplaces

After a year of constant uncertainty, it’s understandable that leaders are feeling overwhelmed and exhausted, that they are questioning their ability and energy to successfully support the “new normal” now unfolding in workplaces. Data gathered in May 2021, by The Leaders Lab with more than 1,000 Australian workers representative of the working population, found that nearly 60% of Australian leaders reported they were struggling.

“The Australian data supports what we know from our work with leaders around the world,” said Dr. Paige Williams, co-founder of The Leaders Lab. “Despite their best efforts, leaders…


Interview with Dr. Stefanie K. Johnson

Do you find you’re struggling to make gains in the areas of diversity and inclusion? Are your plans first class, but your outcomes a little lacking and you’re not sure what steps to take next? While many of us know the incredible value of diversity and inclusion to our organizations, putting it into effective action can prove to be a little more difficult.

“The first step is accepting that we all have biases, and then having the curiosity to be open to what they might be, and how you can neutralize those as much…


A new study found Canadian workers have higher levels of resilience than average, and investigates ways to keep support the wellbeing of Canadian workers.

With Canada in the grip of a third wave of COVID-19 infections, 59% of Canadian workers now having to work from home and the rest stuck in frontline roles for more than a year, it is hard to imagine how workers could be thriving. However, a new survey of just over 1,000 workers representative of the Canadian working population conducted by The Wellbeing Lab and the Canadian Positive Psychology Association, has revealed that 49.5% …


The State of Wellbeing in Michigan Workplaces

As more American workers begin the transition back to their workplaces with the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations, new research focusing on the wellbeing levels of Michigan workers over this period could provide important insights on managing this change.

The Wellbeing Lab 2021 Community Report, surveyed a randomly selected sample representative of Michigan’s adult population by gender, age, and location of 778 workers at the end of March 2021, with wellbeing in the workplace forming a key focus of the report.

The good news was that whether workers were back full time in the…


Interview with Dominic Price

Are you starting to get back to ‘normal’ in the office, but unsure how to best integrate people who are still working from home? Are you seeing new inclusion challenges arising as you look for ways to ensure people who are not physically in the office still feel like they belong? Even though working from home has meant people are working more hours than before, are you still worried about their levels of productivity?

If so, it might be time to think differently about the way people work.

“I think the first thing we need to…


Can You Amplify Your Community’s Wellbeing?

A new survey of Michigan residents from The Wellbeing Lab has revealed that while 13% reported they are really struggling, 10% of are consistently thriving, and 41.7% are living well, despite struggles.

The Wellbeing Lab 2021 Communities Report, surveyed a randomly selected sample representative of Michigan’s adult population by gender, age, and location at the end of March 2021, to provide insights into current states of wellbeing across communities in the region.

The research demonstrates that even when facing a global pandemic, a changing political and economic landscape, and numerous personal and professional challenges…

Michelle McQuaid

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