From one lean in, learning junkie to another- my top reads from 2017 Part 2

  From one lean in, learning junkie to another, a few posts ago I introduced you to my top 5 books from 2017 & briefly described what I learned & why you should read them too.   I shared books for your funny bone & for your heart. This week I’ll share books about how […]

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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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How can a tape measure inspire insight & a fresh perspective?

It smelled like a pungent, loamy forest encased in a single, mysterious room. To this day I remember the smell of sawdust in that forbidden room of my childhood memories.   My dad was a master hobby woodworker – he had a magical room chock a block full of electric saws, nails & screws in […]

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Team assets? A simple tool to find them

Teams that can at first glance look like a hot mess, inevitably have strengths if you look close enough.  Upon second & third look, interesting stories start to emerge.   I encourage all teams to look for their assets or strengths (as well as their challenges).  Every team has them, even the team that I […]

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Your team building results are in- check out the most common pitfalls for teams

We all need a little help from our team mates, as the video above so charmingly displays.  Yet high functioning teams, that work well together, & know & understand each other well, while critical to success in the workplace, are rare.   While Forbes says team building is ‘the most important investment you’ll make,’ by the time […]

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Need to assess your team’s assets & gaps? Here’s an easy, one question tool

As I write this from my hotel room there’s a cacophony of birds chirping outside, which is blending with the sweet sounds of Zap Mama (a Belgian, Congolese group) singing Brrrlak from my playlist.    The sun is streaming through a lush canopy of trees, with Mount Kenya shrouded in the mist in the background.  […]

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Making music, together, on a swing. Montreal style.

Montreal is cool. Way cool with these interactive, music making, cooperative swing sets. Love the lights at night. Lovely example of creativity, of music in motion, of exercise, of cooperative community spirit & playfulness all wrapped into one. 21 Balançoires (21 Swings) from Daily Tous Les Jours on Vimeo.

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Givers take all: The hidden dimension of corporate culture

The quotes below are from McKinsey & Co –  read the full article here. “After the tragic events of 9/11, a team of Harvard psychologists quietly “invaded” the US intelligence system. The team, led by Richard Hackman, wanted to determine what makes intelligence units effective. By surveying, interviewing, and observing hundreds of analysts across 64 […]

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10 things that go into picking a great teambuilding icebreaker

Recently I received an email from a Human Resources colleague who I have enormous respect for.  She was looking for some ideas for teambuilding icebreakers for an upcoming event.  I get this kind of request fairly frequently and have made it a practice to not suggest any specific activities. Here’s why in my response below, […]

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10 tips for trainers part one: bumblebee butts & booty

It’s my birthday tomorrow and as tomorrow’s not a usual day for posting I thought I’d give you a gift today. Ever since I hit the earth some 4+ decades ago I’ve not had to wait for Christmas to open gifts so I thought I’d share the bounty with you, my dear blog reader, with […]

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