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It’s no big deal!

It’s no big deal!

I often hear individuals in the workplace say: “It’s just the way he is”, or “That’s just the way she talks …it’s really no big deal.”  Better to ignore the raised voice, the dismissive tone, the undercurrent of blame, the swearing, the silent treatment, right? “I...

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Creating a Safe Space

Creating a Safe Space

Rooms across the country were energized with creative debates on ways forward. Women and men from different backgrounds and experiences were actively contributing to discussions on how to put a stop to gender-based violence. Over the summer, I had the honour of...

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Do You Celebrate YOUR Small Wins?

Do You Celebrate YOUR Small Wins?

Over the years I’ve developed the habit of celebrating my “small” wins.  It’s usually something quick and silly like a happy dance in the elevator after a successful meeting (don’t worry, I wait until I’m alone). Other times, it’s a yelp and a happy dance when after...

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Error Messages: Ignore at Your Peril

Error Messages: Ignore at Your Peril

They come in small numbers at first. Then they multiply and flash the words “Error Message” in your head at an increasing pace. I’m referring to the sure signs that you’re in the wrong job, the wrong field, or the wrong life direction.  Simply put,...

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Is there such a thing as helping too much?

Is there such a thing as helping too much?

I remember a lunchtime many decades ago when I decided to help a man with a white cane cross the street, insisting that I would get him safely to the other side. He was resisting. I was puzzled. Here I was lending a helping hand at a busy intersection during the lunch...

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Danger: Personal Boundary Crossing!

Danger: Personal Boundary Crossing!

We always know when our personal boundaries have been crossed, so why don’t we do something about it? We hold our breath, lower our eyes in embarrassment at the sarcastic put down. We pretend we don’t care about the not so playful shove, the raised voice, or rolling...

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