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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only was I struck by how poorly the communication appeared to be handled, I also wondered, from a leadership lens, what outdated playbook the higher up decision makers […]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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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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Six+ Good (and Bad) Habits for Stress & Anxiety in Times of Coronavirus

Here we are well into the Covid 19 Pandemic. It’s been about two months (at the time of writing this) since the pandemic put a hard stop to what used to be our ‘normal’ ways of life. Since then we’ve nearly all experienced an unprecedented level of change, uncertainty, and disruption. Careers, financial stability, ways […]

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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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Got Goals? Fuel Up – Career, Leadership, Life!

Goals…I love a good, shiny goal. When it’s the ‘right goal’, it boosts my spirits, gives me a renewed sense of purpose – and totally energizes me. I talk about goals a lot; with my career coaching and leadership coaching clients and in a variety of other contexts. For instance, earlier this month, I presented […]

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Career Detours – For Good, Better, or Worse

This article is about career detours. The good, and sometimes not so good. How to recognize when you are on a good ‘detour’; when you might be stuck, how to find your way back? It builds on a previous article I wrote (Put Some Zig Zag Into Your Career). Takes about 11- 14 minutes to […]

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Add a Little Zig Zag to Your Career

NOTE: I wrote this article some years ago for the Globe and Mail. I realized I never posted here on this blog. Worth a read – Zig Zag is increasingly the norm for many. See original Globe Article here. Ah, the dilemmas of navigating a modern career. In the past, progress was usually defined by linear, […]

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