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The Best Way to Respond in Trying Times

The times they are a-changin’. 

As we head into our third winter of the COVID age, times are tough. It’s never been more challenging to be a leader, and it’s easy to feel the weight of expectation fall upon you. 

But in addition to the “regular” stress that comes with a leadership position, we’re now...

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COVID-19 will pass: Let's regain perspective and resilience

 

Right now, with the intensity of change that Covid-19 has brought to the social environment in Canada, many leaders are feeling a new kind of acute stress.

Our personalities are honed to thrive in a certain environment. When that shifts, it’s natural for everyone to feel stress. So let’s put some perspective into the situation and...

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Are you a sensitive male leader?

Sensitivity sometimes gets a bad rap amongst men.  But did you know it’s actually a hidden strength that resides within many top leaders? The key is in understanding the potential value of the sensitive male leader.

At one time in my journey, I experienced my own sensitivity as a challenge. I felt I had to put on a shell and harden...

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Topics 2020: Resilience, neuroscience and more

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As a leadership coach, writing for me used to be confined to my journal. I have stacks of them. They are very private, and some perhaps should be burned – except I like tracing my personal growth through the years. It’s often uncomfortable, but somehow comforting at the same time. Strange how memories and resilience works.

I...

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Stuck in Motion

 

“We all live at the intersection of our small worlds and the big one around us.”
Parker J. Palmer

I love traffic circles and detest traffic lights

Why?

…… They are efficient, saving time and energy.      But honestly, the real reason is that I can keep moving.  The sense of movement, of achieving my...

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Do you have “range anxiety”?

I’m going to share something just a little embarrassing! It’s been a life lesson for me, and I trust it will help you also.

When I was younger, I found it challenging to see how far I could get on a tank of gas. I’d push the needle to empty and below, just to test the limit.   It was an easy way get that intense surge...

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The Fine Wine of Transformation – It’s a beautiful thing!

If you are reading this blog, you are likely well aware of my passion for The Birkman Method. Since 2006, I have not coached or consulted without first gaining the perspective offered by its unique data set. Deep learning is like a fine wine – it is complex, and takes time to mature and ripen into something that is experienced by others,...

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Who Are You…Really?

New brain research pushes back against traditional personality assessments

Today’s video games often let players design their own characters—what they look like, the hair colour, gender, height, etc. Some also allow players to add personality by selecting attributes from a list of descriptions like “academic”,...

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I just can’t decide!!

Does this sound familiar?

“I’ve got back to back meetings, emails coming at me every moment of the day, and with all the projects I have to manage, I don’t have time to do all the analysis required to make an informed decision. As pressure mounts, I often feel I need to either make a hasty (and possibly bad) decision, or put...

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Learning to react from strength, not stress

How often have you heard someone say, “Oh, he’s a totally different guy when he’s not in the office!” or “Catch her on a good day if you’re going to ask about that!”

These are examples of inconsistent behavior observed in those with positions of power. HR managers often witness a similar disconnect when...

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