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Danger! Worry is a corrosive substance

Danger! Worry is a corrosive substance

Recently, my adult son and I experienced some tension in our relationship over decisions he was making that directly affected me. I have to say that we butted heads for some time until I began to think more deeply about my role the dynamic we where creating. Like most...

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When the snooze button doesn’t work anymore

When the snooze button doesn’t work anymore

If, like me, you have been in the workplace for a while, there may have been times in your career when you hit the snooze button for weeks, months, or even years. Every now and then you get a wake-up call—a toxic workplace, a stultifying to-do list, or just the...

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How to sow the seeds of your desired future

How to sow the seeds of your desired future

A Living Nightmare A client was commenting on the fact that his career was turning around and that every person he was now meeting and every situation he encountered was interesting and positive. He was surprised because this was coming on the heels of the lowest...

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Creating Safety During Change

Creating Safety During Change

You could have heard a pin drop… The silence in the boardroom was deafening. Sam, the Project Lead, had just been stopped in mid-sentence by the VP impatiently waving her hand. Sam had started to tell a story to position the efforts being made regarding the...

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The Ice Men Cometh

The Ice Men Cometh

Over the holiday season and into this new year, we endured a bitter cold snap here in Ottawa. The temperatures were punishing, especially on windy nights, with lows approaching -30C. But still there were brave souls who ventured out into the worst of it. My house...

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The Misfit

The Misfit

She spoke at every staff meeting, making her points at length, asking questions that seemed to slow the process down. Folks rolled their eyes and exchanged knowing looks. She was at it again… This individual was considered a low performer, or at least someone who only...

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Holiday Wishes

Holiday Wishes

As the year draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on a dynamic and interesting year. Personally, culturally, and globally, 2017 has been a very active and change-filled year—to varied effects! I wonder whether, when you reflect on your personal 2017, you will...

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The Mind of the Beholder

The Mind of the Beholder

What a gift it is to experience a shift in our perception, to suddenly see the beauty in something that used to seem less than lovely. I walked into my studio today and I saw a piece I’ve been working on over the last few weeks. I created the sculpture 25 years ago,...

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Defensiveness

Defensiveness

Do you ever notice yourself getting defensive? Here’s how I’ve seen it work in myself and others: Someone in either a social or a professional setting says something we perceive as critical. Maybe they feel we were taking the floor too often or directing a group too...

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