New Year’s Evolutions

December 17, 2015

In 2015, I made one single decision, motivated by both fear and possibility, that set a lot in motion.  The decision wasn’t really a resolution and yet I was resolved. Most resolutions don’t stick. My decision was more of an opening to evolve. It started during a quiet Cape Breton moment late last winter. I finally woke up to the…

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Winning All The Time? What are you losing?

November 18, 2015

Most of the leaders I coach are hardwired to win. And as Marshall Goldsmith says, leaders love winning. If it’s important, they want to win. If it’s meaningful,  they want to win. If it’s critical, they want to win. If it’s trivial, they want to win. If it’s not worth it, they want to win anyway! Goldsmith sees “winning too…

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Reframing Confidence: Find Your Inner Superhero

November 4, 2015

This is me through the eyes of my 4.5 year old daughter.  I’m a superhero (with big earrings). There are moments when I see myself this way too.  And moments when I don’t. Confidence has been a hot topic this year.  Books like The Confidence Code attempt to crack the code on where confidence comes from for women. Having coached…

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Will Trudeau do “The Drunken Man Stumble” of Leadership?

October 20, 2015

A young leader has just become the Prime Minister of our country.  The energy is palpable.  Hope is in the air.  The challenges are incredible.  We’re all waiting to witness a different kind of leadership. Nick Petrie, Senior Faculty Member with The Center for Creative Leadership (they have a great blog on leadership) wrote a report four years ago called…

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Steve Jobs Communicated from the Inside Out

October 11, 2011

Simon Sinek has codified how the world’s most inspiring leaders think, act and communicate.  And he concludes that they do exactly the opposite of everyone else.  In his 2010 TED Talk, Sinek draws his Golden Circle to emphasize how inspiring leaders/ companies communicate from the inside out. First why, then how, then what.  Says Sinek, People don’t buy what you…

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Are You Selling Vitamins or Aspirin?

November 14, 2010

We all know that we need certain vitamins to be healthy.  Aspirin, on the other hand, takes away our pain.  The famous brother duo of Dan and Chip Heath of Switch:  How to Change Things When Change is Hard fame write a great piece is this month’s Fast Company about felt need. If a nutshell, if you are selling an idea,…

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Mix of Business and Pleasure is Music to Your Ears

October 22, 2010

Last night I hosted an intimate and communal experience at my house. Almost 20 people partook and everyone seemed to have a fantastic time.  Before you go too far in imagining what I am describing, let me stop you in your tracks.  The event last night was a house concert and the artist was Nova Scotia singer/ songwriter Ian Sherwood.…

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Are You (Your business) Heading Toward Greatness or Doom?

July 4, 2010

Good to great transformations don’t happen in one fell swoop says Jim Collins. Collins uses the concept of a fly wheel (a massive metal disk mounted horizonally on its axle, 30 feet in diameter and 5000 lbs).  The first pushes to turn the wheel take a lot of energy and the wheel inches forward. Add lots more energy and many…

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A Sales System to Find a True Fan, Or Many

May 17, 2010

One of my friends is dating online. Currently, she’s despondent, confused and depressed. The way I see it, online dating is like managing a sales system.  You pour a bunch of suspects into the top of your funnel and take steps to weed out all but qualified leads.  You talk to/ meet with the most compelling of them and through…

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Are You Digitally Disasterous or Digitally Distinct?

February 11, 2010

I am somewhere in the middle: digitally dabbling.  This is according to the results of this Online Identity Calculator I used earlier today to assess my online identity.  This article by Meg Guiseppi, CPBS, MRW, CPRW  of Executive Career Brand (as posted on tells you why you too should find out how you rate, and do it regularly. And while Meg focusses on executives, when you are a business…

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