Simon says … ssssh, be the last to speak

  I saw Simon Sinek, author of ‘Start with why,’ speak at an event in New York City some time ago and found his messages incisive & compelling. Here’s one of his latest.  Check out the 1 1/2  minute video below & my notes from his video also below. ‘Here’s the problem & here’s what […]

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In honour of sunglasses day, gratitude via the Life Lenses™

  I’d originally planned to write this post in honour of national sunglasses day#NationalSunglassesDay because: of my lifelong interest & passion in lenses, specifically the frames with which we see the world of gratitude for the creativity, inspiration & problem solving opportunities the different frames or perspectives bring it’s a fun, whimsical thing to celebrate […]

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Intercultural communication- When up is down & down is up

Have you ever been in a situation where up seemed down & vice versa, where the ‘rules’ didn’t seem to apply? As I was waiting to upgrade my mobile phone chip recently I looked down at the ticket stub the agent had given me to indicate where I was in the queue – number 098. […]

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Embracing the moments that matter (or what an Irish Ball & imposter syndrome have in common)

  There are so many moments in life that can seem small but upon some quiet reflection you realize they have so much in common. Here are 7 of those moments & experiences that I was able to come up with in a very short period of reflection that all have something very special in […]

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What do you do when you realize your kid’s spring break starts today & not in a week as you’ve planned?

Flashback to last week.  After a who’s on first type of conversation with a teacher, the air was sucked out of my gut faster than a cheetah chasing it’s prey & all the hairs on my arm stood at attention while I had a slight taste of bile in my mouth.   I had just […]

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5 lessons from trekking with camels

A blast of pungent, loamy, putrid smell wafted by my nose.  Next came an odd, indescribable sounds of protest – a whine, guttural groan & deep, back of the throat rumbling wrapped into one. Turning around I saw our beasts of burden for the first time – 3 camels that would accompany us on a trekking safari […]

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Two simple ways to get out of marshmallow sticky conflict

  How do you illuminate the boxes that are limiting your thinking & unstick stuck thinking?   First of all, identify the boxes. If you think you’re a Carrot Life Lens™ … (See A from last week’s post if you need some background info) Pat yourself on the back for your amazing systems & ability to […]

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How to identify when frustration is limiting your flexibility

Quick – what the stickiest substance you can think of? Marshmallows that have been roasted over a campfire & are now all over your fingers? Chewing gum that’s annoyingly smeared on your favourite top?   Whatever substance you’re thinking of, multiple that by 100 & you’ll have an idea of how stubborn we humans tend […]

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How I found options with a fan when faced with cheetah, leopard and lions

The muddy, churning river matched the churning of my stomach. I couldn’t tell if it was because of excitement or fear. I love to take the wheel, be in charge, explore, and seek out adventure. Which is why I found myself needing to cross this river while on safari in Kenya, which is where I […]

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“I tell it like it is as seen through my narrow view lens.” ~Tom Peters

We all have lenses that influence what we see as important, what we pay attention to, what we take action on & what we ignore because we sense it’s unfamiliar, awkward, uncomfortable or simply not a priority.   In my last post I talked about how a question my then boyfriend asked me led to […]

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