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Fast Track Impact

88 EpisodesProduced by Mark ReedWebsite

The podcast for researchers who want to be more productive and achieve real-world impacts from their research. Every week, Mark Reed gives you practical tips and discusses how you can enhance the impact of your research, based on the latest research.


Episode 21. Tackling the root causes of people-pleasing and perfectionism

Why do we say "yes" to things we later regret, or struggle to share early drafts of our work with collaborators? Why we get upset when colleagues ask for help and then don't follow our advice? Are you really driven by a desire to help others, or are you seeking external validation? Why do we need to make sure we've got everything right - can you have a healthy level of perfectionism or are you expressing a deeper need to "be right"? This week, Mark explores some of the common ways in which researchers experience people-pleasing and perfectionism, and how you can harness these challenges to learn more about yourself and the decisions you make. In so doing, Mark argues, it is possible to regain control of your work-life balance and start making decisions that make time for the most important things in your career and life. The episode ends with an excerpt from his new book, Impact Culture, available now, as a hardback, e-book and audio book: Find out more about the book and join free training and discussion groups at:

Next episodes

  • Chapters on imposter syndrome etc
  • Anxiety with Petra Boynton
  • Interview with Andrew Scott
  • Evaluation episodes:
  • Intro from me
  • Rachel Blanche
  • Eric Jensen
  • Tobias, Laura and Sarah
  • Michael Parker from The Conversation re: the Media Impact Toolkit
  • Ioan

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