Whispers and Wishes

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“In the stillness of the quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair.” -Howard Thurman When I started writing this blog in 2014, I really had no idea what I wanted it to be. I knew at the time that I wanted it to be a place where I could ask the questions that come up for me, and share what I was learning. When I look back at the first post, I realize that those questions still serve me well as I plan for 2018, … Read More

A Christmas Baking Story

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“When perfectionism is driving us, shame is riding shotgun and fear is that annoying backseat driver!” -Brené Brown Like many other people, I spent part of the festive season baking sweet treats in my kitchen. One of the best things about baking, is that I sometimes get together with friends to share the work. Recently, I had the opportunity to bake with an artist friend of mine. For those of you who don’t know me very well, I bake like most people work on prize winning science experiments. Measurement is IMPORTANT in my world, and instructions are to be followed … Read More

Two-part Christmas Tree Problems

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Last week, I was visiting a coffee shop where three staff members were erecting a Christmas tree. All went well in the beginning. The tree was standing solidly in its’ stand. The bottom half of the branches of the tree unfolded into a beautiful shape. They added the top part of the tree next. Without unfolding the branches before putting up the top half, the branches were suddenly impossibly high to unfold. Several ladders and stepping stools were brought out, all to no avail. The branches of the tree seemed impossibly high to unfold. It seems so easy to see … Read More

Lessons learned.

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lessons learned

Writing a blog is an interesting thing. I get to say (a lot of) stuff. Occasionally, people read the stuff. And then, sometimes, I get to get it really wrong. My most recent blog post was a case in point. I had it all teed up. I was ahead enough in the writing to have it ready to go for a few weeks ahead of schedule. Except of course for the part where I put in the wrong posting date for one of the posts! So, if you saw the post on Facebook, Twitter, or the newsletter, you would have … Read More

Work and success

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work and success

One of the people who most inspires me is Seth Godin. Mr. Godin has written a daily blog for well over a decade (actually, the first one I can find is January 31, 2002!) while starting multiple successful business ventures and writing 22 books. His stature as a successful businessman, thought provoking leader, writer and thinker is not an accident. It is the result of him going back every day for decades to toil over his passions. Success is the result of going back daily to toil over your passion. Click To Tweet For most of us, there are times in … Read More

Lessons learned from fog

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This morning, I woke to a cloud of fog drifting above the river. This often happens where I live, on cool mornings before the sun streams over the mountain peaks. Fog has always fascinated me. I love that I can sometimes feel as though I am in the clouds. I love the sense of being in a small and contained world. I love the temporary nature of it, the certain knowledge that all I need to do is wait, and the fog will lift. All that is needed for fog to lift, is time. Click To Tweet Life sometimes feels … Read More

What might they see?

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All of us have people who were or are vital in shaping our view and experience of the world. From parents to mentors, we learn some of our ways by watching others take risks and avoid harm – all the while developing a unique understanding of how the same behaviours may or may not serve us. There are two sides to this. On the one hand, there is the experience of being the observer. In this role we get to watch and interpret intention and outcome. We get to judge the actions and results, and we get to make choices … Read More

Successful teams

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Most of us have stories about our experiences with teams. In my experience, virtually everyone is able to tell me about their worst team experience. There are tales of lost opportunity, feeling abandoned, or worse, betrayed, and ultimately, delivering a product or result that did not meet the expectations of the team members or their organizations. When I ask people about their best experiences, I can see their passion as they talk about trust, the knowledge that “someone has your back”, and a sense of being supported in a way that leads to unexpectedly good results. What have you learned from … Read More

Leading teams

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In some of the work I do, I have the opportunity to collaborate outside of my organization. When I started doing this work, it felt ambiguous and difficult, and I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how we were going to reach the lofty deliverables we were given. And then it all changed. I was invited to step onto a team which had been working together for some time. This team was able to deliver interesting products that challenged beliefs about what could be done, despite being one of the most diverse and biggest teams in our … Read More