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Author: Melissa Lawrence

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Welcome to Navigating Your Career, the only podcast that blends personal development, professional skills and psychology to help you get happy at work and live the life you want. If you want to stop feeling stuck and start feeling better, this is the place for you. This podcast isn't just concepts, it's tangible steps and advice that will help you advance in your career and overcome any obstacle.Melissa Lawrence is a Certified Career and Life Coach with a Masters in Organizational Psychology. Prior to starting her coaching company she led Talent & Development in the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industry.
52 Episodes
You know when you need to make a decision and you just can't decide? It's like you almost get analysis paralysis with all of the different options. You don't want to make the wrong one. Or you do decide, but then you're questioning if you made the right decision, so you spend more time thinking about the decision that you've already made. Or maybe something happened and you just can’t stop thinking about it.You’re stuck dwelling on the past or worried about the future.Overthinking is human. Truth be told, I am in recovery of being a classic over thinker.I know this - it is a behavior that isn't serving you and can even be negatively impacting your health.Overthinking relationships, career choices, who you are, what you can have in your life, what you did or didn’t do... it's not helping you. The problem with overthinking is the more you overthink, the more you overthink. So let’s make it easy - in this episode of the podcast I am going to break down what overthinking is, why it’s a problem (and you may not realize just how much it is), and how to overcome it.So you can break the cycle and become a master at living in the moment and quick decisions.Tune in to episode 51 now.What You’ll Learn:How overthinking comes up related to the past, present and futureThe effects of a negative thought pattern, like overthinkingThe connection between overthinking, stress and even physical healthHow overthinking stops you from living how you want to3 strategies to stop overthinking and start taking actionFeatured In This Episode:Learn more about coaching with Melissa. Are you questioning if you are in the right career? Take the quiz. Overthinking by Oliver Collins
The biggest question I get asked is: How do I find my perfect career?I’m going to break it down for you today.Maybe you like your job but know there is more for you…Maybe you’re bored out of your mind but don’t want to make a change..Maybe you never intentionally chose your career, it just made sense or kinda happened (I hear this a lot) and now you’re wondering if you did choose, what would your perfect career be?!You don’t want to make a move unless you know it is the right one.But how do you actually know if the next job or opportunity is the right one?How do you know you won’t make the move and end up just as miserable?On today’s episode of the podcast, I am answering these questions.I’m willing to bet you don’t even know the possibilities that are out there.So if you’re ready to answer this question - what is your perfect career?  Hit play now.And if you take nothing else from this episode know this:You can be happier than you are right now. It's not just for other people. It's for you. The impact you want to have, the lifestyle you want to live, the type of work you want to do - it is all possible.You’ll Learn:Why you can't rely on what you’ve done in the past to know what your perfect career isThe downside of having a human brainHow your authentic self gets hidden away (and how to find it again)Featured in this episode:Learn more about coaching with Melissa. Are you questioning if you are in the right career? Take the quiz. Join my insiders’ email list. Get the guide: 4 Things You Need to Know Before Making a Move. 
You know when you’re at work and then an email crosses your desk and you think “Wow, I can’t believe they just said that!” or you’re in a meeting and you know there is a better way but it just isn’t comfortable to speak up?You might wonder if it’s just you…...or could it be the company culture?You might be wondering if your company culture is “normal” or if it really is that awful word, toxic….Or maybe you suspect there’s a whole lot wrong but you just aren’t sure.Workplace culture is something I’m super passionate about, and it’s because it is so incredibly important.In fact, did you know that 88% of job seekers say that a healthy culture at work is vital for success and that having highly engaged employees can lead to a 202% increase in performance?!If you’ve been feeling like something isn’t quite right in your workplace, this episode will help you understand what the real problem is and get some ideas on how to make it better.Tune in for episode 49: Signs You’re in a Toxic Work CultureYou’ll Learn:8 signs of a toxic work culture (and why they matter)How to recognize and identify problems in your work cultureSteps you can take to improve your work cultureFeatured in This Episode:Learn more about coaching with Melissa. Are you questioning if you are in the right career? Take the quiz. Previous Episodes:The One Leadership Behavior You Need How to Be an Awesome Boss Master Difficult ConversationsWhen and How to Speak Up to Your Boss
Need a little pick me up? I’ve got just the thing…I have 1 simple trick you can use right now that will help you.That thing that has you down….thinking…See, that’s a clue right there….your thinking.What has you down is often attributed to your thinking and when you learn to shift it and train your brain to work FOR you and not against you, well, then you’re unstoppable.My clients come to me for help with their careers, but we always dig into the mindset too because that is the key to actually feeling the way you want to.Believe it or not, with most of our goals, we are really just chasing a feeling.I teach you how to feel good while you work towards those big goals you have and in this episode of the podcast, you can start with a simple trick.You don’t have to wait.Press play now and join me for episode 48 of the podcast: The 1 Mindset Trick You NeedYou’ll Learn:Why mindset is really the key to your successOne simple question to help you understand yourself better and communicate what you really needHow to start feeling better right awayMentioned in this Episode:Learn more about coaching with Melissa. Are you questioning if you are in the right career? Take the quiz. Connect with me on Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn.
If you’re bored with your job and miss feeling challenged at work, you’re not alone.There was a study done that said that employees are bored 10.5 hours a week. That is more than a full workday in one week!So what can you do to enjoy your job again?You don’t need to change roles or careers just to find new challenges.In this episode, I’m sharing some quick ways that you can start right away to help you stop feeling bored and bring back some zest or challenge to your work days.You’ll Learn:Reasons you might be feeling bored at work4 ways you can stop being bored and feel more challenged at workHow to recognize employee boredom if you’re in a management roleMentioned in this Episode:  Podcast episode 34:  Change What You Do Without Changing Your TitleLearn more about coaching with Melissa. Are you questioning if you are in the right career? Take the quiz.
How would your life change if you could stop comparing yourself to others and if you believed you are perfect just as you are? The majority of human beings on this planet struggle with comparison at one time or another. So in this episode, we’re diving in to how to stop comparing yourself to others once and for all.When you stop the “compare and despair” you can start making decisions for yourself that you truly want.You can stop seeing other people get promoted and think “why not me?”Once you let go of the comparison game you can just be (and celebrate!) you. You can start to really go after what you want and not worry what other people think.You’ll Learn:Why we compare ourselves to others (it starts even younger than you might think)How comparison effects the way you show up at work and in your relationshipsCommon pitfalls and why the way we compare ourselves just isn’t fairHow to stop comparing and really embrace you for you, understanding that you are already enoughHow to approach growth and improvement from a healthier placeMentioned in this Episode:Journaling questions to help you start letting go of the comparing behavior can be found at 13:14 in the recording or transcript.Learn more about coaching with Melissa. Are you questioning if you are in the right career? Take the quiz. 
Your job has a lot of perks and right now isn’t the right time to make a move.I totally get it.  I’m going to let you in on a secret to help you make the most of it and even advance your career while you are there.There are some key mistakes I see people make that can sabotage you and your future career potential.In today’s episode of the podcast, I’m sharing 5 mistakes you could be making right now and not even realize it!And if you have been listening, you know that I don’t leave you hanging.I’m also sharing tips and strategies to help you get back on track so you can continue to accelerate and grow in your career.Join me in episode 45 of Navigating Your Career: Mistakes You Make When You Don’t Like Your JobYou’ll Learn:5 mistakes you might be making right now that are derailing your careerThe most common thing people tell me they do that they regret laterHow to fully own your decision to stay and even get promotedWhat are you waiting for?Head to to listen now.
You know when….You try everything but still feel drained.Maybe you can’t get rid of that 3pm slump.You are stressed no matter how many meditations you try.You are getting 7+ hours of sleep but are still tired.You want to feel better but nothing seems to work.Did you know there is a thing called Biohacking that actually helps you optimize your brain function for reduced stress, improved memory, productivity, and health?This week I have my friend and health consultant/biohacking expert Tanessa Shears on the podcast. She is sharing so many tangible actions you can take right now that will help you:Have more energyReduce stressSleep betterBe more productiveFeel healthier and happierWe are talking about the science behind biohacking and how high performers like you can use these strategies to optimize your work performance, brain and your wellbeing.Mentioned in the episode:Try the Brain FM appDeep Work:  Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal NewportFood: What the Heck Should I Eat? by Dr. Mark Hyman Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Dr. Matthew WalkerBoundless: Upgrade Your Brain, Optimize Your Body & Defy Aging by Ben GreenfieldListen to Tanessa's podcast - Becoming LimitlessConnect with Tanessa on Instagram @tanessashears12 Ways to Biohack Your Energy Learn more about Career Coaching with MelissaDiscover if you're in the right career by taking the quiz
You know that your boss makes a big difference in how happy you are at work.If you have a great boss, it makes life way easier than when you have a micromanager, toxic, or even abusive boss.  Believe me, I hear all the stories.Your company knows that management impacts engagement and whether you stay or leave.So why do 98% of managers think their company can improve on management training?Why in a recent study did half of managers feel they weren’t prepared to take on their role?If you are a people manager reading this, I know you want to be the best leader for your team.In this episode:I’m breaking down lessons learned and common pitfalls when it comes to effective people management.I’m sharing 3 specific ways you can be an awesome boss right now, even without management training.When you apply these 3 things, you will see immediate results in your effectiveness and the engagement of your team.Whether you are a people manager, want to be one, or just want to help your boss be an awesome one, this episode is for you.There are a ton of great resources shared in this episode, as well:Previous podcast episodes:Episode 8 - Entry Level to Senior Leader: 42 - The Perfect 1-1 Framework: Online resources:Learn more about Situational Leadership: Business School - Business Research for Business Leaders: of Management: of Management Journals: TED talks: Books:Leadership and Self-Deception by the Arbinger InstituteLeaders Eat Last:  Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon SinekThe Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation and Growth by Amy C. EdmondsonThe First-Time Manager by Loren Belker, Jim McCormick and Gary TopchikLearn more about coaching with Melissa at www.melissamlawrence.comAre you questioning if you are in the right career? Take the quiz at
I hear time and time again from individual contributors and managers alike: My 1-1 is not a good use of time (if they are happening at all).You end up only talking about project work, deadlines or chit-chatting about nothing that is actually important.  You have things you actually need to talk about but there doesn’t seem to be time or you don’t know how to bring it up.Or maybe you want to make sure these meetings are engaging for your team but they always seem to fall flat.You get frustrated.  They get frustrated.  On today’s podcast I am sharing with you my perfect 1-1 framework.I’m telling you exactly, what the agenda should look like for your 1-1s.You’ll learn: The 3 types of 1-1s you should be having and how to hold them.How to “manage up” to start using this framework with your boss.If you’ve ever had a 1-1 and you walked away thinking “that was a waste of time” or “that didn’t go well” or you want to make sure any 1-1 you hold in the future is effective, you need to listen to this episode.
When should you speak up with your boss and if you do, how do you do it?Bosses can be tricky, especially if the relationship isn’t great. You don’t want to land in HR, damage your career, or make the situation worse.I get it.In this episode, you’ll learn:3 specific circumstances when you should always speak upMy strategy for how to speak up in a way that is going to get you the outcome you want1 simple thing you can do today that will help you get more comfortable with speaking up and advocating for yourselfThis is an action packed episode so you may want to take some notes.You got this!Previous episodes mentioned:Master Difficult Conversations Reporting to a New Boss When You Know More Than Your Boss (ep 4) Learn more about coaching with Melissa at www.melissamlawrence.comShare your story: you questioning if you are in the right career? Take the quiz at
I’m just going to put it out there.Gender issues still exist in pharma/biotech.But why? These companies are innovative.  They have some of the most talented people.  It is a diverse workforce.In this episode, I’m sharing why gender issues still exist, why the well-intended solutions at the top just aren’t good enough and what we need to do instead.Key takeaways include: Challenges women face in a male dominated industryWhy there is a gap with women in leadership rolesHow to create a safe space for people to share their real experiencesWays that women can use their voices, stand up for themselves and lift other women upTools for men to be a valued part of the conversationThis episode is for everyone.  There’s no man-shaming here.  This is all about awareness and jumping into the deep end to have a meaningful and deeper conversation about these topics so that we can make some change...together.Mentioned in this episode:Learn more about Career Coaching with Melissa Discover if you're in the right career by taking the quiz
No matter where you are in your career, this is an episode you won't want to miss.I'm joined by Chris Frew, CEO of Workforce Genetics.  Workforce Genetics is a Talent Solutions company that has a recruiting arm and owns the popular biotech community, BioBuzz.We are peeling back the curtain to talk about the different stages in your career path and how to advance at any level.Key takeaways include:How to enter and move between academia, biotech and big pharmaTips for advancing your career internally, even in the most competitive environmentsHow to discover your zone of genius and things to consider when trying to identify your next career moveYour personal brand, why it matters, and how to get noticedThe culture of the industry including progress made in diversity, equity, and inclusion but also challenges of working in an industry that lacks leadership diversity.  We have a candid conversation on the barriers to leadership and how to make progress toward a truly inclusive and equitable industry.Mentioned in the episode:Connect with Chris Frew and his team on LinkedInLearn more about Workforce GeneticsLearn more about BioBuzzLearn more about Career Coaching with Melissa Discover if you're in the right career by taking the quiz
If you have ever wanted to be promoted and find yourself stuck, not making progress, and seeing your colleagues pass you by, this episode is for you.With various promotion policies in place, it can be competitive and difficult to advance. The days of automatic promotions every 2 years with consistent performance are long gone.In this episode I'm sharing the 4 mistakes people make when trying to get promoted.  You'll also learn how to combat each of the mistakes so you can take the right action that will get you the promotion you deserve.Hear how people just like you applied these lessons to get promoted in a matter of weeks!Learn more about coaching with Melissa at www.melissamlawrence.comAre you questioning if you are in the right career? Take the quiz at
I talk a lot about the signs that you're ready for a career change.  I even have a quiz that will tell you if your career is a good fit.  But in today's episode of the podcast, we are flipping that script. I am telling you 7 sure-fire signs that you are actually in the right job.  These 7 signs will help you shift your perspective on your career while also letting you know where your gaps are.  Which you know, I will tell you should become the areas of development for you and your career.  If you're wondering if your career is a good match and if what you have is great as-is, then this is the episode for you.Learn the 7 signs you're actually in the right jobThe proven tool you can use that will confirm your job is a good fitWhat to do if some or all of your career needs to changeApply for coaching at the free quiz to find out if you are in the right career at
If you're wondering when enough is enough.If you're not happy at work but you're also overwhelmed with the idea of making any changes.If you've worked hard to get where you are and wonder if you need to start over at entry-level...Then this episode is for you.This problem is one that my clients struggle with and I have personally experienced too.I'm sharing my 3 steps to know for sure if you should do something about being unhappy in your job.You'll also get specific action steps to take  to go from unfulfilled and scared to change to moving forward.Mentioned in this episode:"We Should All Be Millionaires" by Rachel RodgersLearn more about coaching at
Most of my clients struggle with creating boundaries at work and having the work and life balance that they want.In this episode Melissa is sharing:How to know if you need to create boundaries and improve your work life balanceThe impact that overworking has on you, your family, and your job performanceThe behavior all leaders should demonstrate to improve work cultureThe simple steps you can take to create boundaries right nowHow to get your boss to buy-in to you working lessMentioned in this episode:If you're feeling stuck and want to feel better about your work, apply for coaching with Melissa at
If you think you've outgrown your role, this episode is for you.Over time your skills, experiences, and interests can change.  So what do you do when the job you were hired into is no longer a fit?It's common to think you need to get promoted, move jobs or even companies to avoid the frustration.Join me on this week's episode of the podcast where I am going to teach you a strategy I use with my clients to help them proactively manage their development, get their manager on their side, and make sure their work always aligns to their current interests, skills, and experience.To learn more about coaching go to
When you go after a big goal, want to change careers, or work in a new team, you start out optimistic and sure you're going to be successful.Then the doubt starts creeping in and you're wondering if what you're doing is really a good idea at all.Your commitment starts to waver.Maybe your goal isn't necessary after all.Maybe what you have is good enough.Maybe you should just change companies.In this episode, I'm sharing what it takes to create inevitable success with any goal.You'll learn the 5 stages all humans go through when making big changes.You'll also learn the 2 questions you need to answer to help create unwavering commitment.When you are armed with this information you will know exactly how to create inevitable success so you don't fall into the majority of people who fail at their big audacious goals.Intersted in coaching?Learn more and apply at
Networking can be intimidating, feel unnecessary, hard, and come on - we all have felt like we need a perfect elevator pitch, that maybe we don't have anything to say, awkward, and we just would rather not bother.I am sharing a new way to look at networking and my 5 fundamentals that will have you looking at networking in a whole new way.You'll learn how to network effectively, how to walk into any room in-person or virtually and not only feel good about it but get exactly what you need, and how to make sure you have the network you need when it comes time to leverage it for your next role.Mentioned in the episode -Are you an email insider? If you love the podcast, you'll love getting my weekly email filled with tools, inspiration, and just what you need to accelerate your career.  Add your name at
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