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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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Six Ways to Beat the Back to September Blues

If you have been with me for some time you know I’ve written many articles offering tips on how to deal with the ‘back to work blues’ – after a holiday; at the end of summer; or the beginning of the new year. This post draws is from the archives — thought I’d repost again….enjoy! […]

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Ready, Set, Go – with 5 Best Practices for Success

I love a shiny new year. It holds so much promise. If you reflected on some of the 12 Questions to Look Beyond and Plan Ahead then you might be thinking about goals, opportunities and challenges for the year ahead. To be on your best game  it’s a good idea to have some really solid rituals, good habits, […]

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Un-Masking for “Radical Authenticity”

The past month has been profoundly inspiring for me. I had two incredible opportunities to connect to big ideas, challenging questions and inspiring people. On October 22, I spent a day at the TEDx Toronto conference. And for three weeks in October I was a Partner, host and ambassador of the Global Woman’s Leadership Summit […]

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Work 2.0: Managing the New Career Paradigm

If Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz was managing her career today I think she would immediately recognize that things have changed. I mean really changed.  As Dorothy might say “Toto, we’re not in Kansas any more”. There’s been a paradigm shift these past few years and the landscape is still evolving. Marked by radical […]

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Three Ways to Boost Your Career Mojo (Brainworks series)

This article was also posted on the Globe and Mail. George is bored. Work has been in a lull for months without any new challenges or interesting activities. His days are filled with routine tasks. He is lethargic and has a foggy brain. He is worried he will lose his edge and also wonders why […]

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Six Ways to Tame Your Stressed Brain

A slightly shorter version of this article has also been published in the Globe and Mail Careers. The Scenario: It is late afternoon and a busy executive, whom we will call Sue, is trying to finish up a project before she leaves to get her daughter from daycare. Simultaneously she is also dealing with several other […]

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Why Doing Nothing Could be the Most Productive Thing You (don’t) Do

UPDATE: This article was originally posted a few years back – before I wrote my book, Ease: Manage Overwhelm in Times of Crazy Busy. It’s still very timely so worth a repost. Read on and get a link to one of the Ease Tools mini chapters (Tool #13) I used to be good at doing […]

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Why The Lizard Wouldn’t Eat

A life of leisure and pleasure might sound good when you’re under the gun, stressed and pressured with all the demands of work and life. But too much easy liv’n may not be as gratifying as you think. Don’t take my word for it. Take Martin Seligman’s word (author of Authentic Happiness and founder of […]

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