Podcast: Creative Connections episode 7 is with author-artist-researcher, Melissa Steach PhD

My guest this week is Dr Melissa Steach, the author-artist-researcher based in LA, California. She has achieved a Doctorate in Industrial Organisational Psychology and is also a human factors and ergonomics specialist at Herman Miller, Inc. She uses her varied life experience as her most valuable asset as she intertwines the magic of art with the world of research to explore personal behaviours and organisational culture. You can listen to the episode on Apple, Spotify and Libsyn.

Melissa joins me to explain how we can use our leadership and environment to better engage, empower and shape our working lives. She discusses the fundamental connection between work and life, including how we should be treating our work relationships in the same manner as those we hold dear in our personal lives.

In this episode, Melissa beautifully creates digestible analogies that stem from complex ideas to encourage positive change - the golden rules for any leader, the first date behaviours for all in business and how to be compassionate in the workplace without airing our dirty laundry.

I'm so appreciative to have the opportunity to chat with an expert in the I-O Psychology space, to talk candidly about boundaries, burnout, identity, compassion, as well as the essential work tools that we should invest in. Melissa mentions that we are all bumbling through life and it's not until you hit those pivotal 'ah-ha!' moments that you look back to see a clear path has formed. I find her words extremely relatable and I have no doubt that many of you will too.

I hope you enjoy this week's episode and a big thank you to my fabulous guest, Dr Melissa Steach.

You can find out more about Melissa and her work on her website at www.melissasteach.com and LinkedIn, https://www.linkedin.com/in/melissasteach/.

Photo credit: Lin Marty Photography

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