A Business-run Family

September 3, 2016

In my business, our direction and priorities for the next year are quite clear. We know what we need to do to execute on our plan and commitments.  And we don’t know what we don’t know so we go forward with openness to learning as we go. I find myself longing for a similar framework for my tiny family of…

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Mapping a Healthier World

July 19, 2016

Last Monday, I celebrated my 47th birthday.  As the day approached, I thought of all that has gone right for me over the past year.  I intended to write a post about how I pushed myself to grow and how that has shown up in my business, my relationships and my life overall. I planned to share my wins.  And…

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Easy on the Bread

June 21, 2016

This is good advice if you want to lose weight.  It’s good advice for leading a company too. Seth Godin writes that people and companies often complain they don’t have enough butter to cover “their bread.” As leaders, we look for more time, more money, more people to get the job done. We feel stretched, like butter scraped over too…

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The Space of Trust

June 6, 2016

A while back, I promised a blog post on confidentiality, a topic I hold dear. As you may recall, I was struggling with coming across as sanctimonious. I had set a June deadline though, so here goes… Moving home to PEI has been a great move. Personally and professionally, I am thriving and enjoying the benefits of small city living.…

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The Bar is High

May 24, 2016

Dear Leader, The bar on your leadership is exceptionally high. Do you have any idea how high? You know you’re expected to set the vision and steer the ship. You know you need to set clear business growth targets, communicate them and motivate your people. You know you need to give them the skills and tools to enable growth. But…

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“No Clothes” Leadership

May 9, 2016

You and your people are busy, overwhelmed even. How come? There’s just so much to be done, you say, in order to grow. Of course there is. And yet, if we unpacked what busyness is for you, we might find: That you’re addicted at some level to busyness = productivity = you being worthwhile as a person (I am. It’s…

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The Monster That is Procrastination

April 26, 2016

There’s a blog post brewing in my head.  Working title: “Loose Lips Sink Ships”. It’s about confidentiality—a subject I feel passionate about. THIS post is not THAT post. I’m putting THAT one off. I want to write about the importance of confidentiality and I am having trouble writing it without coming across holier than thou. Until I find a new angle,…

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Conflicted about Conflict?

April 12, 2016

What if I told you that having conflict IS the path to getting what you need AND strengthening your relationship with your foe? True…the path is just different than you may have ever experienced. Most of us have a “go to” conflict style. The Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Modes are a good illustration: The modes themselves are not good or bad. Each…

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Leadership and Life Demand Resilience

March 29, 2016

Years ago, my cousin’s wife wanted to know what our parents did to create resilience in my siblings and me. She felt we all demonstrated resilience in the face of adversity. As a parent, she was looking for a formula to grow resilient kids. I didn’t have a clear answer. The question has stuck with me through the years. I…

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Your Mindset Matters

March 16, 2016

Your intelligence (or creativity or athletic ability etc.) is something very basic about you that you cannot change very much. OR You can always substantially change how intelligent (or creative or athletic…) you are. Your response may fall somewhere in the middle. Realize it or not, your belief about whether you can change or not permeates every aspect of your…

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