Dr Nicole Tschierske is a scientist and positive psychology coach who helps experts and teams in STEM do better work.
Nicole works with her clients improve their collaboration and communication skills so their work gets the momentum and recognition it deserves. She also helps construct ways of working that reduce stress, increase motivation and engagement, and deliver results.
Nicole lives in Hamburg, Germany, holds a PhD in chemistry and is trained in coaching, positive psychology, change management, and advanced problem-solving.
When she’s not buried in research papers and books you can find her taking long hikes in the German countryside or mesmerised by Mary Poppins on the screen.
In our conversation, we talk about Nicole’s STEM journey, sustainable mental health in the workplace, and how we can do better work.
[00:00:46] Nicole’s beginnings in Food Sciences.
[00:02:39] An applied science that was more closely connected to everyday life.
[00:03:32] The scope of food chemistry.
[00:06:07] Researching deodorants for her PhD.
[00:06:34] How base formulations interact with other active ingredients.
[00:12:04] The transition from front-end to facilitator.
[00:12:22] Organisational restructuring leading to ’bore-out’.
[00:13:39] Looking to be inspired again and to regain direction.
[00:14:08] Inspired to keep others inspired and to facilitate positive change management.
[00:15:10] Job demands-resources model.
[00:17:02] Managing work-life balance overlap.
[00:17:42] ’Life’ time is not recovery time from being depleted at work. Work should not deplete you.
[00:20:13] It’s in the company’s best interest to consider these factors.
[00:20:39] How we make Better Work.
[00:20:43] Stress and motivation factors in the workplace.
[00:24:48] Improvements need to take the whole organisational system into account. Problems cannot be addressed in isolation.
[00:27:00] Where to begin.
[00:27:16] Stress and resilience training.
[00:27:58] Identify the factors.
[00:30:20] Next steps for the organisations.
[00:31:01] Ensuring your initiatives are effective and address the issues.
[00:35:30] Initiatives need to be measurable to gauge effectiveness.
[00:36:49] Pairing quantitative data with qualitative data to find out what you need to know. Go fishing.
[00:37:43] The human side of problem solving.
[00:37:58] It’s just as valuable to find the root causes of success and not just failure.
[00:40:00] Growing the organisation culturally.
[00:41:03] Aligning your brand identity with your organisational culture.
[00:42:58] How dire it is when we come to expect the lack of correlation between public perception of a company and internal operations and values.
[00:44:55] What Nicole enjoys most about the work.
[00:45:02] Mary Poppins as a model.
[00:45:38] Facilitating and empowering people on their own journey.
[00:48:35] Bonus Question 1: What hobby or interest do you have that is most unrelated to your field of work?
[00:50:09] Bonus Question 2: Which childhood book holds the strongest memories for you?
[00:50:13] Carl Hagenbeck.
[00:52:08] Bonus Question 3: What advice you would give someone who wants to do what you do? Or what advice should they ignore?
[00:53:51] Finding out more about Nicole and their work.
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