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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Your 7 day tech challenge for life hacks (+ a gift)

  I never meant to get so involved with tech. In fact when a university came asking if I’d design & teach a course on how to use social media for learning, my first thought was ‘who me?!’ That was about 9 years ago & since then I’ve been on an intriguing, useful, practical path […]

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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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