Your Decade in Review

Where were you when we entered 2010? What was happening in your life? Your Career? Your Family? When I reflect back to 2010, I was stepping into team dynamics solutions for organizations that highly value their employees. It was a time of transition for me. In the past decade, I have prided myself on shifting workplace cultures to those that team members are excited to work at! I am proud of my accomplishments and the impact that I have had in the last 10 years on leaders and their teams! From a personal perspective, my recent hike to Machu...

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How Knowing Your Employees Helps to set them (and You) Up for Success

As a leader, how well do you know your team members as people? Do you know what their top priorities are in their life as well as their work? I remember a few years back, listening to an exceptional leader, Marc Petitpas, speak about how he took the time to meet with each employee and understand them as people. What were their life goals in five years – not just career, but personal as well. This helped him to lead them and ensure that opportunities for success were shared with them. What gets in the way of you sitting down and talking with...

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I Wanted to Quit: When Supports are a Hindrance

I wanted to quit. I had exhausted all I had in me. My knees felt like they were going to give out. How much longer could I continue to hike down this mountain? When would I make it to camp? I couldn’t see it for sure, but there were buildings in the distance? Was that it? We started to play games like let’s agree camp is around the corner until we learn otherwise – and we kept going one step at a time. I’d fallen 3 times already that day and on the 4th fall I couldn’t get up with help. I had to find a different way because my right...

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Simple Moments and Gratitude

Last evening I held my lovely 3-month old grand-niece as she peacefully slept in my arms. As I looked at her peaceful face, I felt gratitude and pleasure. To be snuggled by her little body and know that she felt so safe in my arms – Ah, what an incredible gift! It’s so easy to get caught in focusing on what’s not right, what could be better and miss what’s working in our work and lives. We can often overhear conversations in coffee shops, restaurants and public spaces of people complaining about things. And we can all fall into this...

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Labyrinths and Inner Reflection

Yesterday I had the opportunity to walk a labyrinth at a dear friend’s birthday party. A labyrinth is a form of walking meditation; you release on the walk-in, receive in the middle of the circle, and then return from the centre to exit. My intention was on Abundance. As I slowly walked into the labyrinth and made my first turn, I looked down and saw a 4-leaf clover. I bent down and picked up that sucker. Later as I was talking with another friend who walked in front of me, she shared how she often searched for 4-leaf clovers and never saw...

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