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Confidence, Composure, Credibility: Creating a Collaborative Space at Work

Do you ever feel like you spend more time with your coworkers than you do with your family? A lot of us work long hours,…

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Motivating dead wood employees

“Dead Wood” Employees

This article was originally posted on November 9, 2016, and has been updated. “I’m done.” If an employee is telling you this, it means she…

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Three ways we kill our creativity

I recently had the opportunity to take Cayden, my eight year-old grandson, to a hockey game. Fortunately for me he loves watching hockey as much as I do. As we walked into the arena, Cayden immediately noticed all the merchandise for sale. He asked the salesperson how much a “Number 33” jersey would cost, knowing that the price would far exceed his (or grandma’s) budget. He’d already pictured himself wearing one with pride, whether we attended a game or watched on TV. What he didn’t realize was the fact that I already had a “plan b” in the works to purchase one elsewhere. As we took our seats a few minutes later, Cayden said: “It’s OK, Grandma. You don’t have to worry about buying me a jersey. Santa is going to bring me one.” I savoured the moment, having no intentions of shattering Cayden’s imagination. Santa would deliver!

Sadly, for many of us, our curiosity and magical sense of wonder begins to diminish as we age. We become more risk-averse and find ourselves accepting the opinions of others who dismiss our ideas as foolish. In short, we kill our creativity in three specific ways:

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Forget New Years Resolutions: Start With Your Mindset

As we reflect on the events of the past twelve months, we are inundated with advice regarding New Years Resolutions, why they fail and what…

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Understanding unconscious bias: Your perception becomes your truth

Spanish philosopher George Santayana said in the Life of Reason: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (1905-1906) If there is…

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All the world’s a stage, and now is the time to own your place on it

For the purposes of this blog, allow me to take license with William Shakespeare’s original quote: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men…

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Drama in the workplace: Are you ready and willing to end it now?

Understanding and managing drama in the workplace is a concern shared by leaders and individuals alike. Not only is it emotionally draining, the cost and…

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Leadership Values – Crisis or Opportunity

“The ideal leader is the servant of all – able to display a disarming humility, without the loss of authority” …Col. Sir Edward (Weary) Dunlop,…

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To Post or not to Post? That is the (social media) question

This morning I discovered an ad for weight loss on my Facebook Timeline. A few weeks ago, a professional colleague added a post to my…

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Are you taking the lead with your customers?

A friend of mine went to pick up his dry cleaning last Friday. While this isn’t exactly headline news, be assured that the dry cleaner…

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