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Resilience – needed today more than ever!

Resilience, long thought to be the ability to bounce back from a failure or tough situation is now moving proactively into a component of one's success. “More than education, more than experience, more than training, a person’s level of resilience will determine who succeeds and who fails. That’s true in the cancer ward, it’s true in the Olympics, and [...]

By |2020-06-01T11:32:58-06:00November 10th, 2016|Coaching, Core Values, Leadership Skills, Resilience|1 Comment

How a 15 min #coaching conversation helped overcome years of self-criticism

I've known for a long time about the benefits of meditation. You don't need to sell me on the practise. I used to think about it all the time and yet wasn't able to find the activator to cross the boundary from thinking to doing. This persisted for years and turned into a form of self-criticism. Self-talk, the brain's own inner [...]

By |2018-10-28T10:15:40-06:00December 3rd, 2015|Coaching, Meditation, Personal Mastery|0 Comments

Dare to stop comparing yourself to others

When I compare my life or progress to someone else I may occasionally think I'm doing worse than they are. That is a self-defeating pity trap. I rob myself of acknowledging my progress, basking in it and using it as a launching point for more growth. When I compare my life or progress to someone else I may occasionally think [...]

By |2018-10-28T10:15:40-06:00February 13th, 2015|Coaching, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How do you actually quit worrying & redirect your energy?

What's cycling through your mind without an end in sight? Worrying is based on the illusion that by expending negative mental energy you will somehow (magic?) make the situation turn out all right or prevent a catastrophe. We anticipate that something will go wrong or not turn out the way we want it to and doubt that we [...]

By |2018-10-28T10:15:40-06:00September 12th, 2014|Leadership Skills, Personal Mastery|0 Comments

The Unintended Consequences

When the goat went missing this morning, I had a feeling it was due to my impending departure. I was dreading this. That guilty feeling that I might be causing more harm than doing good. My intentions are irrelevant. It doesn’t matter why I’m here or what I have been asked to do. Once the intervention (my arrival) has been [...]

2 Victories and a Disappointment

Today started with a long journey to try and rescue a 4 year old girl who has been taken forcefully from her mother by her brother-in-law. It’s complicated but this child was dropped off at Nira Orphanage, where I am volunteering, when she was 1 ½ years old by the father. He was disabled and dying. He just passed away [...]

By |2018-10-28T10:15:40-06:00November 2nd, 2012|Core Values, Philanthropy|2 Comments

Gotta have a little fun…

Today I met 20 wonderful children at Nira Orphanage and Youth Home on the outskirts of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Like many nations they are futeboll (soccer crazy). I brought a ball with me and thanks to a pump supplied by the Button family in Calgary we were ready for a game. We played behind the orphanage on the packed, dusty earth. [...]

By |2018-10-28T10:15:41-06:00October 30th, 2012|Leadership Skills, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Power of a Single Word

How often do we find ourselves in a communication debacle from the misuse of a single word?  After a few rounds, clarifying back and forth we usually sort it out. In the business world, this is not a life or death matter and I sometimes use the expression “no one will die from this” or “this isn't open heart surgery”, to help [...]

By |2014-01-11T23:20:21-07:00October 28th, 2012|Communication, Empathy, Leadership Skills|1 Comment

Top 8 Future Challenges in HR

The pace of change we are all subjected to is still accelerating, producing seismic shifts in business and society. One of these shifts is the growing importance of people. HR is facing challenges like never before including: Talent and leadership are becoming even scarcer resources than ever before. The work force, on average, is growing older, and people are having [...]

By |2018-10-28T10:15:41-06:00February 16th, 2012|Leadership Skills, Strategy|1 Comment

Resistance to change IS protection from threat…are you unknowingly that threat?

According to Dr. A. J. Schuler, author of Negotiate Your Way to Success, there are 10 common reasons why people resist change. Common Reasons Why People Resist Change Risk of change is seen as greater than risk of status quo Connections to people disturbed - "tribal bonding" No role models for new environment Fear of incompetence or looking incompetent Feeling [...]

By |2018-10-28T10:15:41-06:00October 5th, 2011|Change Strategies, Empathy, Leadership Skills|0 Comments