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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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Coming Down After Cresting

Coming Down After Cresting

We’ve all experienced highs in our lives as we reach the top of a big wave that may have swelled for a long time: winning a prize, securing something we’ve been working toward for years, getting married, having a baby, buying a house, going on a big trip, starting a...

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Trust

Trust

One of the most important components of a healthy, functional workplace is trust. And yet in many ways, trust remains a little elusive. We all know what it is, even though we rarely put it into words. Allow me to try: trust is to believe in someone despite...

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