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A “Spring” Take on Resilience

Often at this time of the year, I write about a spring-related theme that connects to our personal and professional lives. In past years I shared some ‘spring forward‘ ideas. This year, in Toronto, spring weather was very late to come. We had snow in mid May!! But thankfully, and true to form, spring did […]

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Six+ Good (and Bad) Habits for Stress & Anxiety in Times of Coronavirus

Here we are well into the Covid 19 Pandemic. It’s been about two months (at the time of writing this) since the pandemic put a hard stop to what used to be our ‘normal’ ways of life. Since then we’ve nearly all experienced an unprecedented level of change, uncertainty, and disruption. Careers, financial stability, ways […]

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How Can I Help? Support in Times of Covid 19

Hello, Eileen Chadnick here…..Principal of Big Cheese Coaching. Thinking of how I can help you in these times of Covid 19… As our world continues to spin amidst the Covid 19 pandemic, we are all experiencing an unprecedented level of change, uncertainty, and disruption. Careers, social activities, financial stability are all being disrupted — at […]

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In Times of Coronavirus/Covid 19 (a Poem)

This is a time of tremendous difficulty and uncertainty. How are you making sense of it? Amidst all the swirly, scary circumstances, we have to find our way to navigate this new, constantly changing, ‘normal’ — with strength, optimism, and a dose of humour! One of my very dear friends, Naomi Ashkenazy (also a professional […]

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How to Stay Grounded Amidst the Chaos of Covid 19

A Series to Help You Navigate Leadership, Work, Life in today’s climate of chaotic disruption and unknowns – aka, Covid 19. TODAY’S TOPIC: If you’ve never worked from home… (Pixabay) In a world that keeps changing it’s hard to imagine we haven’t yet seen it all. Just when you think you’ve got your arms around […]

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Leaders – Are Your People Overwhelmed?

***Want to see the video version of this blog article? See it here!*** As a leader, how would you handle this situation? A manager writes to the Globe and Mail’s Career “nine to five” column: A direct report frequently displays strong emotions in the workplace. Notably, they frequently tear-up; are seen crying in the hallway. […]

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Start Your Year Right With This One Powerful Question

***NOTE*** — There is also a VIDEO version of this article. Scroll down towards end of post for the link.  If you’ve taken time to reflect on any or all of the “12 Questions” I shared in December you’ve likely come up with some insights, ideas, and aspirations for the year ahead (aka your ‘vision […]

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Vision 2020: 12 Questions to Look Back & Plan Ahead

Note: a version of this article is also now published at the Globe and Mail.  Wow. Another year soon to be behind us. Swoosh!! Where did it go? If you have been following me, you know it’s time for my annual “12 Questions” — guided reflection prompts to help you complete your year and plan […]

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Take a Gratitude Tour

In the spirit of Canadian Thanksgiving, this post is dedicated to all my lovely clients who help me grow and learn right along with them!  A young leader whom I’d been working with on career exploration just landed a job offer (hurrah!). She wanted to talk about strategies for her upcoming first days and early weeks in her new role […]

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The Myth of “Yes”

A version of this article has also been published at the Globe and Mail. We’re back to the busy season! Are you back to juggling giant loads? Feeling overwhelmed? Managing busy work (and life) loads calls on many skills and notably, the skill of saying ‘no’. Do you have trouble saying no? Are you addicted […]

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