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Dr. Patricia Thompson is an award-winning corporate psychologist who is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets. Stay up to date with all of her latest articles here.

Mindfulness, Joy, Fear, Work-Life Balance, and Much More - Kosmopolites

In this interview with Kosmopolites, I get personal, and share my story as an entrepreneur, as well as some insights about fear, self-judgment, and achievement. READ MORE

 

Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness in the Workplace - Stepping Up Podcast

Patricia Thompson is a working mom who left her corporate job when her son was just a year old. During this conversation Patricia and I talk about her journey as a working mom, the risks she took to become an entrepreneur, and much more. READ MORE

 

Why Mindfulness Makes You a Better Leader - Third Paddle Podcast

Corporate psychologist and mindfulness expert Patricia Thompson, Ph.D., helps us bridge the gaps between leadership, work-life balance, and mindfulness. If you’ve ever questioned why ‘soft skills’ matter, you won’t wonder again after this interview. READ MORE

 

How to Tell Your Boss You Don't Want a Promotion - Harvard Business Review

There’s an unspoken assumption in our culture that if you’re a motivated and driven professional who is serious about your career, you’ll want to move up the corporate ladder. As a result, articles abound on how to ask for a promotion, how to prove yourself after being promoted, and how to cope if you are passed over for one. READ MORE

 

Your 4-Step Plan to Securing a Promotion—Without Burning Out - Shine Text

You’ve been working at your job for a while now, and feel like you could do it in your sleep. You’re ready for a new challenge.

You feel like a step up the corporate ladder is just what you need to boost your career (not to mention your financial situation). READ MORE

 

How to Give Feedback Without Making it Weird - Rewire

Let’s be frank about something: giving feedback can be tough.

Critiquing someone or telling them where they went wrong can feel awkward and uncomfortable. But, here’s the thing: no one is perfect and everyone – yes, even you – can benefit from a bit of constructive criticism every now and then. How else do you expect to grow and learn from your mistakes?

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This is Why Your Efforts to Be a Better Boss are Backfiring - The Muse

As an executive coach, I constantly have clients coming to me for techniques to help them build stronger relationships at work. Some want to know how they can better motivate their employees, while others are focused on improving their communication or influence.

But when I’m giving tips, I’m always quick to point out that simply applying a technique isn’t enough to achieve what they want. Often, what’s even more important is how—and why—they do it. READ MORE

 

5 Ways to Become a Better Leader - Monster

When it comes to leadership, some qualities are intangible. But others can be directly assessed. For instance, research has linked effective leadership to the amount of sleep executives are getting. (Not surprisingly, the more sleep they get, the more effectively they lead.

You’re probably pretty set in your extroversion or introversion, but what else can you do to be a better leader for your team? Try these strategies to improve your management game.READ MORE

 

Work-Life Balance is a Myth -- Aim for Alignment Instead - Shine Text

Ever since I finished grad school and entered the work world, I wanted to have that perfect 50 percent life 50 percent work kind of dream. And, up until a while ago, I somehow felt like I was coming close to managing it. READ MORE

How your Job Can Impact Your Health - and Your Weight - Business Insider

Stress from your job can be more impactful on your health than you think. Psychologist Patricia Thompson reveals how your job stress can not just cause heart issues, but also weight gain, according to research. READ MORE

Why You Need to Make Sure You Use Your Vacation Time - Focus Atlanta

In this television interview, Dr. Patricia Thompson talks with Keisha Lancelin about the importance of taking vacations for being less stressed and more productive in the workplace.  WATCH

Why Using Mindfulness is the Key to Success - Accelerate Your Business Growth Podcast

In this podcast Dr. Thompson talks with Diane Selbig about how mindfulness can help you to be more productive at less stressed at work. LISTEN

Emotional Wellness: 3 Tips for a Healthier Workplace - Business News Daily

We often hear companies boasting about their health initiatives, like offering wholesome snacks and encouraging breaks for physical activity throughout the day. However, it’s not as common that emotional wellness is emphasized. READ MORE

In the Workplace Interview - Wharton Business Radio

In this interview, Dr. Patricia Thompson talked about all things leadership with Peter Capelli and Dan O’Meara on In the Workplace on Wharton Business Radio on SIRIUSXM. READ MORE

5 Very Rare Instances It’s Worth Staying In A Toxic Workplace - Fast Company

You already know a toxic workplace can make you miserable and impact your health and well-being. But when you enjoy the work that you do, there are rare instances where it might be worth staying–though they are few and far between. READ MORE

If You Want to Be a Great Leader, You Should Stop Using These Phrases Now - INC

When you’re a manager, your employees are constantly watching to see how you behave and what you say. As a result, it’s important to be intentional about your choice of words in any setting. READ MORE

Why Women are More Stressed Out at Work - Moneyish

Fifty-eight percent of women feel stressed at work, a new study suggests. Here are expert tips on how to manage mental health in and out of the office. READ MORE

Dealing with Decision Fatigue - This Morning with Gordon Deal

Decision fatigue got you down? Corporate Psychologist Patricia Thompson breaks down some ways around it. LISTEN

These are the Loneliest Jobs in America - Moneyish

The verdict is in: Lawyers and doctors are among America’s loneliest workers. According to a new survey in the Harvard Business Review, they’re followed by people who work in engineering and science as the most isolating professions — which can result in lower job satisfaction, getting fewer promotions, a higher staff turnover rate, and a greater chance of quitting within the next six months. Workers who are single, childless, non-heterosexual or non-religious are also more likely to be lonely. READ MORE

Mindfulness in Coaching - Patricia Thompson on the Star Coach Podcast

Having a daily mindfulness practice can alter our perception in just about every area of life. We often use mindfulness as a calming or centering practice for our clients, but have you ever stopped to consider it as another coaching tool? Dr. Patricia Thompson visits the show to speak on her experiences combining executive coaching with mindfulness and the power it brings to her executive coaching practice. READ MORE

Should You Be Your Authentic Self at Work? - Garrison Institute

When I began my career as a management consultant, I was reluctant to be authentic. As a Black female who had just finished grad school, I was all too aware of potential negative stereotypes that others might have about me based on my age, gender, and race. As a result, I made it my mission to come across as pulled together, polished, and serious at all times. READ MORE

The Motivating Question Most Bosses Don't Think to Ask - The Muse

As any manager knows: Setting goals for your team often feels more challenging than it should. After all, a goal is just a sentence or two. But when you’re a manager, you need to not only connect them to larger company goals, but also ensure that your team will be motivated enough to complete them. READ MORE

Is There a Place for Compassion in Business? - Garrison Institute

I recently coached a senior executive I’ll call Stephanie, who was grappling with a pretty common dilemma in the business world: her organization’s profits were nowhere near where they had been projected to be, and her impatient CEO wasn’t happy about it. READ MORE

4 Ways You Can Motivate Your Team to Do More Work (More Often) - The Muse

As a boss, you’re probably doing all you can to help your team perform at its best. If you’re like some of the most successful leaders (which I hope you are!), you’re focused on setting challenging goals, running effective meetings, and using best practices for delegation. Still, as you fine-tune your management style, there’s one powerful habit you may be overlooking: READ MORE

This Is How You Repair Your Reputation After a Bad Performance Review - Forbes

So, you just got out of your performance review and it was not good. Whether you were anticipating the bad news or it was a total surprise, it stings. You might currently be feeling some combination of embarrassment, disappointment, shock, fear, and anger, or you’re worried that your job may be on shaky ground. READ MORE

How to Stop Doing Your Co-Workers' Work for Them - Fast Company

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of an activity at work that you really wished you hadn’t agreed to? Maybe you ended up joining the company softball team, even though you hate sports and are embarrassed by your inability to throw in a straight line. READ MORE

Made a Mistake? How to Get Your Damaged Reputation Back - The Mission

Italian historian Francesco Guicciardini wrote, “A good reputation is like the cypress; once cut, it never puts forth leaf again.”While this statement might seem pretty hardcore, the truth is that once your reputation takes a hit, it can be incredibly challenging to repair it. READ MORE

Self-Management vs. Time-Management: What You Need to Know - The Mission

Back when I was in university, I was pretty lax about managing my time. If I had a mid-term or final coming up, I was notorious for waiting until the week of the exam to crack open my books to read the assigned material. READ MORE

Want to Truly Help Others? Be Less Empathetic - The Mission

I’ve always been someone who valued being of service to others. Like a lot of people, I was taught “tis better to give than to receive” and that I should “love thy neighbor as thyself.” I’ve always rooted for the underdog and been drawn to want to help others in need. READ MORE

The Most Crucial Factor In Changing Your Habits For Good: A Psychologist Explains - MindBodyGreen

Based on your choice of reading material, it seems reasonable to suggest you’ve resolved to make changes to your lifestyle sometime in the past, in an effort to become healthier. You’re probably in the midst of trying to make such a change even now. Maybe you decided that you were going to ditch sugar or that you wanted to exercise more. Maybe you decided to watch less TV. READ MORE

4 Steps to Creating a Shared Vision that Will Energize Your Team - Vunela

Successful leaders know the importance of creating a strong shared vision for their teams. A compelling vision enables the leader to anticipate an exciting future. And, when confidently communicated to the team, an inspiring vision provides a rallying cry that energizes everyone to accomplish big things. READ MORE

5 Common Productivity Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs - Thrive Global

We all have 24 hours in day. While a lot of us complain about that simply not being enough time, there are a few people who seem to magically achieve far more during this time than the rest of us. And, they manage to do it while still finding time for themselves. READ MORE

8 Mindset Shifts To Help You Tap Into A Sense Of Purpose Any Time, Anywhere - MindBodyGreen

Jim Collins wrote, “It is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work.” If you’re in the doldrums, craving more meaning in your work life, these mindset shifts will get you on the path to a greater sense of purpose:  READ MORE

Why Taking A Walk In The Park Might Be The Best Self-Care Strategy EVER - MindBodyGreen

In my journey as an entrepreneur, I’ve experienced my fair share of disappointments. Whether client deals that have fallen through, product launches that performed worse than expected, or article pitches that were rejected, dealing with setbacks is just part of business. READ MORE

Five Easy Ways to Calm Your Nerves Five Minutes Before Your Job Interview - Fast Company

Let’s face it—no one likes to be judged. But like it or not, that is exactly what a job interview is: a judgment zone. It’s also your chance to show that you’re the right person for the job, but if you’re not confident that you’ve got what it takes, the interviewer won’t be either. READ MORE

4 Ways to Get Re-Engaged on the Job - Thrive Global

While workers of generations past might have been willing to make do with an unfulfilling job that provided forty years of stability, today’s world is different. Now, we live in an age in which many of us expect to pursue our passions by engaging in work that makes our hearts sing.

This is a healthy change, both for individuals and the organizations in which they work. After all, when people love what they do, and see their work as a calling, they tend to have higher satisfaction on the job and in life in general. READ MORE

How Mindfulness Helped a Workplace Diversity Exercise - Harvard Business Review

A couple of years ago I was invited to facilitate an offsite training for the diversity committee of a Fortune 500 company. In an era in which “diversity” has become a buzzword in the business world, the firm’s interest in the topic was both admirable and understandable. READ MORE

How to Fall Back in Love With Your Job - Essence

Dreading the sound of your morning alarm? You’re not alone! Women of color are among the least contented at the workplace, with about one in three reporting overall job satisfaction, according to data crunched by Vanderbilt University. READ MORE

The Simple Shift that Will Make You Appreciate Every Day - MindBodyGreen

Gratitude. It’s a practice that is the foundation of a happy life. Science has shown that it improves self-esteem, makes you more empathetic, helps you to be more resilient, and gives you an overall better sense of well-being. Gratitude also has a number of health benefits. It has been linked to reduced inflammationbetter sleep, and improved heart healthREAD MORE

The Four Most Common Mistakes "Nice" Leaders Make - Thrive Global

Do you aim to be a “nice” leader? The kind of leader who is always upbeat and positive, who never makes anyone uncomfortable, and who is loved by all employees?

Being nice is an admirable goal, in and out of the workplace. After all, there is mounting research that suggests that there are a lot of benefits associated with being a leader who creates a positive environment in which people can thrive. READ MORE

5 Totally Doable Ways To Level Up In Your Career (That You Can Start Right Now) - MindBodyGreen

Tony Robbins said, “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”

If you’re planning to step it up in your career this year, you’re in good company. According to one statistic, almost half of Americans set yearly goals. And, while admittedly, not all of them follow through, with some persistence and planning, you can increase the odds that you will successfully achieve yours.  READ MORE

5 Ways to Become a Better Leader - Monster

When it comes to leadership, some qualities are intangible. But others can be directly assessed. For instance, researchhas linked effective leadership to the amount of sleep executives are getting. (Not surprisingly, the more sleep they get, the more effectively they lead.

You’re probably pretty set in your extroversion or introversion, but what else can you do to be a better leader for your team? Try these strategies to improve your management game.READ MORE

 

Work-Life Balance is a Myth -- Aim for Alignment Instead - Shine Text

Ever since I finished grad school and entered the work world, I wanted to have that perfect 50 percent life 50 percent work kind of dream. And, up until a while ago, I somehow felt like I was coming close to managing it. READ MORE

How your job can impact your health — and your weight - Business Insider

Stress from your job can be more impactful on your health than you think. Psychologist Patricia Thompson reveals how your job stress can not just cause heart issues, but also weight gain, according to research. READ MORE

Why You Need to Make Sure You Use Your Vacation Time - Focus Atlanta

In this television interview, Dr. Patricia Thompson talks with Keisha Lancelin about the importance of taking vacations for being less stressed and more productive in the workplace.  WATCH

Why Using Mindfulness is the Key to Success - Accelerate Your Business Growth Podcast

In this podcast Dr. Thompson talks with Diane Selbig about how mindfulness can help you to be more productive at less stressed at work. LISTEN

Emotional Wellness: 3 Tips for a Healthier Workplace - Business News Daily

We often hear companies boasting about their health initiatives, like offering wholesome snacks and encouraging breaks for physical activity throughout the day. However, it’s not as common that emotional wellness is emphasized. READ MORE

In the Workplace Interview - Wharton Business Radio

In this interview, Dr. Patricia Thompson talked about all things leadership with Peter Capelli and Dan O’Meara on In the Workplace on Wharton Business Radio on SIRIUSXM. READ MORE

5 Very Rare Instances It’s Worth Staying In A Toxic Workplace - Fast Company

You already know a toxic workplace can make you miserable and impact your health and well-being. But when you enjoy the work that you do, there are rare instances where it might be worth staying–though they are few and far between. READ MORE

If You Want to Be a Great Leader, You Should Stop Using These Phrases Now - INC

When you’re a manager, your employees are constantly watching to see how you behave and what you say. As a result, it’s important to be intentional about your choice of words in any setting. READ MORE

Why Women are More Stressed Out at Work - Moneyish

Fifty-eight percent of women feel stressed at work, a new study suggests. Here are expert tips on how to manage mental health in and out of the office. READ MORE

Dealing with Decision Fatigue - This Morning with Gordon Deal

Decision fatigue got you down? Corporate Psychologist Patricia Thompson breaks down some ways around it. LISTEN

These are the Loneliest Jobs in America - Moneyish

The verdict is in: Lawyers and doctors are among America’s loneliest workers. According to a new survey in the Harvard Business Review, they’re followed by people who work in engineering and science as the most isolating professions — which can result in lower job satisfaction, getting fewer promotions, a higher staff turnover rate, and a greater chance of quitting within the next six months. Workers who are single, childless, non-heterosexual or non-religious are also more likely to be lonely. READ MORE

Mindfulness in Coaching - Patricia Thompson on the Star Coach Podcast

Having a daily mindfulness practice can alter our perception in just about every area of life. We often use mindfulness as a calming or centering practice for our clients, but have you ever stopped to consider it as another coaching tool? Dr. Patricia Thompson visits the show to speak on her experiences combining executive coaching with mindfulness and the power it brings to her executive coaching practice. READ MORE

Should You Be Your Authentic Self at Work? - Garrison Institute

When I began my career as a management consultant, I was reluctant to be authentic. As a Black female who had just finished grad school, I was all too aware of potential negative stereotypes that others might have about me based on my age, gender, and race. As a result, I made it my mission to come across as pulled together, polished, and serious at all times. READ MORE

The Motivating Question Most Bosses Don't Think to Ask - The Muse

As any manager knows: Setting goals for your team often feels more challenging than it should. After all, a goal is just a sentence or two. But when you’re a manager, you need to not only connect them to larger company goals, but also ensure that your team will be motivated enough to complete them. READ MORE

Is There a Place for Compassion in Business? - Garrison Institute

I recently coached a senior executive I’ll call Stephanie, who was grappling with a pretty common dilemma in the business world: her organization’s profits were nowhere near where they had been projected to be, and her impatient CEO wasn’t happy about it. READ MORE

4 Ways You Can Motivate Your Team to Do More Work (More Often) - The Muse

As a boss, you’re probably doing all you can to help your team perform at its best. If you’re like some of the most successful leaders (which I hope you are!), you’re focused on setting challenging goals, running effective meetings, and using best practices for delegation. Still, as you fine-tune your management style, there’s one powerful habit you may be overlooking: READ MORE

This Is How You Repair Your Reputation After a Bad Performance Review - Forbes

So, you just got out of your performance review and it was not good. Whether you were anticipating the bad news or it was a total surprise, it stings. You might currently be feeling some combination of embarrassment, disappointment, shock, fear, and anger, or you’re worried that your job may be on shaky ground. READ MORE

How to Stop Doing Your Co-Workers' Work for Them - Fast Company

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of an activity at work that you really wished you hadn’t agreed to? Maybe you ended up joining the company softball team, even though you hate sports and are embarrassed by your inability to throw in a straight line. READ MORE

Made a Mistake? How to Get Your Damaged Reputation Back - The Mission

Italian historian Francesco Guicciardini wrote, “A good reputation is like the cypress; once cut, it never puts forth leaf again.”While this statement might seem pretty hardcore, the truth is that once your reputation takes a hit, it can be incredibly challenging to repair it. READ MORE

Self-Management vs. Time-Management: What You Need to Know - The Mission

Back when I was in university, I was pretty lax about managing my time. If I had a mid-term or final coming up, I was notorious for waiting until the week of the exam to crack open my books to read the assigned material. READ MORE

Want to Truly Help Others? Be Less Empathetic - The Mission

I’ve always been someone who valued being of service to others. Like a lot of people, I was taught “tis better to give than to receive” and that I should “love thy neighbor as thyself.” I’ve always rooted for the underdog and been drawn to want to help others in need. READ MORE

The Most Crucial Factor In Changing Your Habits For Good: A Psychologist Explains - MindBodyGreen

Based on your choice of reading material, it seems reasonable to suggest you’ve resolved to make changes to your lifestyle sometime in the past, in an effort to become healthier. You’re probably in the midst of trying to make such a change even now. Maybe you decided that you were going to ditch sugar or that you wanted to exercise more. Maybe you decided to watch less TV. READ MORE

4 Steps to Creating a Shared Vision that Will Energize Your Team - Vunela

Successful leaders know the importance of creating a strong shared vision for their teams. A compelling vision enables the leader to anticipate an exciting future. And, when confidently communicated to the team, an inspiring vision provides a rallying cry that energizes everyone to accomplish big things. READ MORE

5 Common Productivity Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs - Thrive Global

We all have 24 hours in day. While a lot of us complain about that simply not being enough time, there are a few people who seem to magically achieve far more during this time than the rest of us. And, they manage to do it while still finding time for themselves. READ MORE

8 Mindset Shifts To Help You Tap Into A Sense Of Purpose Any Time, Anywhere - MindBodyGreen

Jim Collins wrote, “It is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work.” If you’re in the doldrums, craving more meaning in your work life, these mindset shifts will get you on the path to a greater sense of purpose:  READ MORE

Why Taking A Walk In The Park Might Be The Best Self-Care Strategy EVER - MindBodyGreen

In my journey as an entrepreneur, I’ve experienced my fair share of disappointments. Whether client deals that have fallen through, product launches that performed worse than expected, or article pitches that were rejected, dealing with setbacks is just part of business. READ MORE

Five Easy Ways to Calm Your Nerves Five Minutes Before Your Job Interview - Fast Company

Let’s face it—no one likes to be judged. But like it or not, that is exactly what a job interview is: a judgment zone. It’s also your chance to show that you’re the right person for the job, but if you’re not confident that you’ve got what it takes, the interviewer won’t be either. READ MORE

4 Ways to Get Re-Engaged on the Job - Thrive Global

While workers of generations past might have been willing to make do with an unfulfilling job that provided forty years of stability, today’s world is different. Now, we live in an age in which many of us expect to pursue our passions by engaging in work that makes our hearts sing.

This is a healthy change, both for individuals and the organizations in which they work. After all, when people love what they do, and see their work as a calling, they tend to have higher satisfaction on the job and in life in general. READ MORE

How Mindfulness Helped a Workplace Diversity Exercise - Harvard Business Review

A couple of years ago I was invited to facilitate an offsite training for the diversity committee of a Fortune 500 company. In an era in which “diversity” has become a buzzword in the business world, the firm’s interest in the topic was both admirable and understandable. READ MORE

How to Fall Back in Love With Your Job - Essence

Dreading the sound of your morning alarm? You’re not alone! Women of color are among the least contented at the workplace, with about one in three reporting overall job satisfaction, according to data crunched by Vanderbilt University. READ MORE

The Simple Shift that Will Make You Appreciate Every Day - MindBodyGreen

Gratitude. It’s a practice that is the foundation of a happy life. Science has shown that it improves self-esteem, makes you more empathetic, helps you to be more resilient, and gives you an overall better sense of well-being. Gratitude also has a number of health benefits. It has been linked to reduced inflammationbetter sleep, and improved heart healthREAD MORE

The Four Most Common Mistakes "Nice" Leaders Make - Thrive Global

Do you aim to be a “nice” leader? The kind of leader who is always upbeat and positive, who never makes anyone uncomfortable, and who is loved by all employees?

Being nice is an admirable goal, in and out of the workplace. After all, there is mounting research that suggests that there are a lot of benefits associated with being a leader who creates a positive environment in which people can thrive. READ MORE

5 Totally Doable Ways To Level Up In Your Career (That You Can Start Right Now) - MindBodyGreen

Tony Robbins said, “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”

If you’re planning to step it up in your career this year, you’re in good company. According to one statistic, almost half of Americans set yearly goals. And, while admittedly, not all of them follow through, with some persistence and planning, you can increase the odds that you will successfully achieve yours.  READ MORE

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