Emmanuel Jal & Yogadishu; what’s fought in your mind & won in your heart?

Yoga matts, each with a patterned pillow, were laid out in rows, which made the room look like a wildly colourful game of tic tac toe. My stomach bumped up against my ribs as I settled my nerves. I’m used to doing yoga at home in private, but I was there to see the world […]

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Before you call the cops …

  I know what I know & I don’t know what I don’t know.   For example, I know what it’s like to be a white woman. I don’t know what it’s like to be a black man.   But this amazingly poignant, utterly captivating video will give you some powerful insights (if being a […]

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How your tribal dynamics affects your decision making

Fiona Jarvis, from the Canadian High Commission, is this month’s Learning & Development roundtable speaker (the group I founded & facilitate for people interested in learning, training &/or teaching).   On Friday, May 18th she’ll guide us through an interactive workshop on Making Decisions in High Stake Situations (feel free to join us in person at the […]

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Do you lean in or out? How to tell & what to do about it

  Are you geared to lean in or lean out? Move towards or away?   Here’s what I’m talking about, why it’s important for you to know & what you can do about it.   Did you know you’re in the business of change?   No matter what you do you’re likely at some point […]

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It’s been a tough week; here’s my response (& an interactive gift to you)

  Last week I wrote about drive. And how, if you know which of the 6 different types of drives you respond to, you can customize your own way to achieve the goals you want.   One of the types of drives is affiliation, which got me thinking.   Draw close – pull up your […]

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How to id & harness this powerful force that drives your everyday behaviour

  Think of a goal – something you want to achieve? (And yes, I know goal setting isn’t a sexy topic & it can be confusing but hang in there because it’s important.)   Got one (a goal that is)?   Have you been slogging towards it? Feeling unsuccessful? Held back? Discouraged?   I may […]

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Getting it on with GQ (but not the way you think)

  There’s IQ, EQ (emotional intelligence) & now GQ (guts or grit quotient).   A little girl puts her nose to the table, eyes wandering everywhere but the fluffy marshmallow in front of her face. She’s part of the famous marshmallow experiment, which showed that kids that could delay gratification for double the treat, overall […]

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Sshhh don’t tell your brain ears this effective communication tip

  When my kiddos were little I told them about our brain ears. You know, the ears that are buried deep inside your brain that aren’t so smart.   The ones that hear you (or someone else) say ‘you can’t do that,’ ‘you’re not smart enough,’ ‘there’s no way you’ll succeed at that,’ ‘you suck […]

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An unpaid bill, life lesson #38 + continuum thinking

  This November it’ll be 20 years I’ve been self-employed (insert a loud & raucous woot woot here; & more on that later). In all that time I’ve never not been paid for a service I’ve delivered.   That recently changed.   I have a client who hasn’t paid me for a training I delivered […]

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Your employee engagement via a 4 act play

  You’re sitting in a really comfortable, deep red, crushed velvet theatre seat. You look up when you hear the swish of matching red velvet curtains open to display an imaginary scene set at a workplace.   Relax. Settle back & watch the four act play about employee engagement that’s about to unfold before your […]

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