An unusual Happy Valentine’s Day gift for you based on a true story with a twist

  In Europe keys are given on Saint Valentine’s Day to unlock hearts. On this day, a day of love & of celebrating affection & tenderness I’m giving you a key. A particular type of key.   A key that’s meant to unlock difficult situations, particularly those where love, affection & tenderness are not central. […]

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My recipe for days when even the easiest thing is beyond you

  Some days everything is hard. Nothing flows. Mess is looming. Conflict is lurking around every corner. And everything is an effort, even keeping your eyes open.   (You might be having one of those days today.)     On those days be gentle….   …with yourself & others. Grab your comfort clothes of choice […]

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The honeymoon’s not over; use my free, easy, peasy worksheet to help plan a wonderful year for yourself

  I’m here to tell you that the honeymoon is not over. The new year honeymoon that is.   You can still drink deeply from the fresh start to the year.   The Heath brothers, in their wonderful new book ‘The Power of Moments’ say ‘we have a hunger for these landmarks in time’ (aka […]

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Take charge of your 2018 with a spa for your mind (without all the goopy stuff)

    –> Did you set some goals for yourself for 2018 that have already crashed & burned? –>  Are you blanching at the thought of even setting some goals? –> Do you feel lost even attempting to think about the kind of year you want?   Have I got something special for you.   I’m offering […]

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How Actors, Zookeepers & More Are On Standby 24/7 To Help You

  As a little girl I learned a key lesson about magical kingdoms being hidden in plain sight from my beloved Nana (that’s a picture of her as young woman).   Later I learned to look at resources that were right in front of my nose that could help me get out of sticky situations.   […]

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How To Get Unstuck Thanks to Magical Kingdoms

  Are you facing a particularly pernicious problem? Banging your head against the wall in frustration because you’re stuck & stumped? Stay tuned for some ease & how to find a way forward …. using resources that are right in front of your nose. Plus I’ll follow-up next week & share a fun, creative way […]

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Five Ways To See Anew & Find Another Perspective

  Last week I made the case for Why You Need To See Anew & Find Another Perspective.   Because even though you know that today’s problems won’t get resolved by the same approaches you’ve taken in the past … And even though you know the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and […]

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2 alternative conflict resolution techniques I picked up at the UN

  √ Your blood pressure is boiling √ You’re quietly simmering with your jaw aching from clenched teeth √ Your heart is beating faster than a hummingbird’s wings √ You’re as cool as ice while you plot your revenge &/or √ Your every muscle is screaming run, as you plan your escape   These are […]

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Police, secret service agents & FBI are everywhere.

Police, secret service agents & FBI are everywhere. And those are only the ones I can see. I wonder how many snipers are stationed out of sight. Roads are blocked with huge cement bomb blast protectors. Traffic is cordoned off & diverted, while the streets are a colourful riot of every skin shade you can […]

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Rabble-rouser or runner? How you feel about conflict affects how you resolve it.

  When you hear the word conflict how do you feel? I often ask this question in workshops I lead simply because how we feel about conflict completely affects how we do (or don’t) resolve it (regardless of what the conflict is about).   It’s fascinating to see the extremely wide variety of responses to […]

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