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Resilience: Finding the Good in the Bad – Lessons from a Pickleball Fall

As I am reflecting on my year-end questions (coming soon!), I’m thinking about the good of the year that we are soon to complete. But I’m also thinking about the tough stuff. You know the stuff that sucked:(. We all get the full deal. We get some good. And we can get some bad. That […]

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Leaders – It’s the Tiny Moves That Can Make the Big Difference

This article was initially published in my Globe and Mail Column. See my latest Globe columns here. Many managers are caught between a rock and a hard place in the “return-to-work” challenge, pressured to bring people back but still facing resistance from those who now prefer to work from home. Mandating back-to-work is one thing. Engaging […]

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Blindsided and Let Go? Full Globe and Mail Article Now Posted Here

My recent column in the Globe and Mail offered some tips on what to do if you get blindsided in a senior leadership role and let go (aka, per the Lisa Laflamme situation). If you don’t subscribe to the Globe (yet) here is the full article. Note, the Globe always gets exclusivity for 3 weeks […]

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Blindsided like Lisa LaFlamme? How to Move Forward…

Like many Canadians, I was shocked and dismayed when I heard that Lisa Laflamme was unceremoniously let go from her role as CTV’s national news anchor. Not only was I struck by how poorly the communication appeared to be handled, I also wondered, from a leadership lens, what outdated playbook the higher up decision makers […]

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Return to Work: Humanity, Connection, Compassion More Crucial Than Ever

This article was initially published in my Globe and Mail Column. See my latest Globe columns here. As the return-to-work era unfolds, many leaders find themselves mired in challenges. They are tired. Their people are tired. And there is still a lot of resistance. How to bring people back and create cohesive, productive, engaged teams? It’s […]

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Connection vs. Convenience – And Other ‘Return-to-Work Dilemmas

This article was first published in the Globe and Mail — see my latest columns here.  — “Can’t wait to get back to the office. Terrified of going back. Not sure what to wear. Dreading the commute. Excited to see the team. Haven’t yet met the team in person. And what to do with the […]

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Six Paths to Bolster Resilience in Times of Flux

This article was first published in the Globe and Mail. I also bring this topic and related themes to workshops, talks, and presentations.  — The pandemic roller coaster continues. Two steps forward, and a couple back. As we phase into the next stages of reopening and its implications for life back at work, there are […]

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Have You Ever Done Something Really Stupid That You Regret?

Feel like tuning into a quick video version of this? Here’s a video of my rant. Half price today:).  Have you done anything really stupid that you regret? Of course you have! If you are human, that is. We have all had those moments that we wish we could turn back the clock. Said something […]

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Resilience: The Fuel of the Future

This article originally appeared at the Globe and Mail – see original version here (for subscribers only).    Exhausted. Overwhelmed. Flat. Emotional. Hopeful. Cautiously optimistic. These are just a few of the words voiced by many of my coaching clients and workshop participants in recent months when I have asked the loaded question: “How are […]

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Work: Transformations, Predictions — and Some Wishful Thinking for the Year Ahead

The word “transformation” has been bubbling up for me these past weeks as I’ve immersed in my year-end/year-start  reflections (using my annual 12 Questions as prompts). And what a year of transformation it has been! Transformation is about more than temporary, situational reactive changes. Transformations go deeper, last longer, and can often create radical shifts […]

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