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The Hope Index — And How to Boost it!

**VIDEO: Eileen Talks about The Hope Index and Shares Tips!** Early in this new year, I’ve been thinking (and feeling) a lot about hope. How about you? Feeling hopeful? Hopeless? Something in between? You might say it varies and fluctuates depending on what’s going on — in your world, and in the bigger context of […]

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12 Reflection Questions to Complete 2023 and Get Ready for 2024

A version of this article was also published at the Globe and Mail. See the Globe and Mail version here.  VIDEOS: Eileen Chadnick kicks off her 12th annual tradition of offering 12 reflection questions and share a little bit personally too. AND – hear about why “Ta Da” lists can be a wonderful antidote to […]

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New Leader: What if My Direct Reports Know More Than Me?

A version of this article was also published in my column at the Globe and Mail. It can be daunting for emerging leaders to find their ‘sea legs’ in the early days of a new managing role, especially when one’s direct reports seemingly have more experience and deeper knowledge (at least in some areas). Recently […]

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Career Growth – What to Do If Now is Not the Time to Change Jobs

This article was first published in my column at the Globe and Mail. And here’s a short video version too (13 minutes) What if you are ready for a different career challenge and want to find a new role to level up your experience but are worried now is not the time to make a […]

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Trouble With a New Boss? Learn to Manage Up!

A version of this article was first published at the Globe and Mail Careers section. See my Globe columns here. And a VIDEO: Bad Boss? Learn to Manage Up! Having a tough time adjusting to a new boss? Too much micromanaging? Not getting enough guidance? Feeling invisible and wondering if they just don’t like you? […]

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Career Inspiration: And the Oscar Goes to….

This article was first published in my column at the Globe and Mail And the Oscar goes to…. I love movies and always watch the big award galas, which culminated in March with the Academy Awards. I found many of this year’s winners to be especially inspiring. Their career breakthrough stories were heartfelt and sent […]

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

This article was first published in my column in the Globe and Mail where I 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). And this article also happened to be cited as one of the top 10 most […]

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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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How Can I Help? Support in Times of Covid 19

Hello, Eileen Chadnick here…..Principal of Big Cheese Coaching. Thinking of how I can help you in these times of Covid 19… As our world continues to spin amidst the Covid 19 pandemic, we are all experiencing an unprecedented level of change, uncertainty, and disruption. Careers, social activities, financial stability are all being disrupted — at […]

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Take a Gratitude Tour

In the spirit of Canadian Thanksgiving, this post is dedicated to all my lovely clients who help me grow and learn right along with them!  A young leader whom I’d been working with on career exploration just landed a job offer (hurrah!). She wanted to talk about strategies for her upcoming first days and early weeks in her new role […]

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