Start Anywhere and Design Your Life For Emergence

November 7, 2010

I am almost finished reading Glimmer: How Design Can Transform Your Life, Your Business, and Maybe Even The World.  I bought it a while back for a friend and then asked to borrow it back after reading Where Good Ideas Come From.  I was curious how learning more about design from legendary designers like Bruce Mau could teach me about…

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Are You Telling Yourself Rut Stories or River Stories?

October 12, 2010

You and I do not just have a story, we are our stories. Our stories shape, limit, and define our way of being, the way we think, and the way we interact with others (Masterful Coaching by Hargrove). Often times our stories keep us from reaching for our “impossible future”.  Enter coaching!  In coaching (well, when done masterfully), we help people surface,…

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You Cannot Win if You Don’t Play

October 10, 2010

“50 cents to play, 50 cents to win!”  I used to mimic the people who ran the games tables at the fair grounds. My favourite was the colours game. You simply put your quarters on a colour and watched as the wheel spun, praying all the while that you would get a big payout of….$1.  Most times I would lose but I won enough…

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Are You on the Flywheel or the Doom Loop?

July 4, 2010

Pam Slim applies Jim Collin’s Hedgehog concept to help you find your career passion in her recent book Escape from Cubicle Nation. The comparisons below are taken from Good to Great and apply to business.  Good to Great companies (GTGC) follow a pattern of build up to breakthrough (an accumulation of steps, one after the other, turn by turn of the fly wheel; it…

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My Reputation is Golden

January 29, 2010

It is confirmed.  My reputation is Golden. Retriever, that is! In early January, I embarked on a journey to get information on how I am perceived by my current and past clients, colleagues, friends and family (well all the friends and family are current!).  My motivation was curiosity.  My intention: To gather information I could use in my marketing (i.e. where is the sweet spot…

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What I Learned This Week: The Hero’s Journey

November 26, 2009

Most of us go on hero’s journeys in our lives and businesses. The idea of the hero’s journey or monomyth originally came from Joseph Campbell and had 17 steps.  I learned about a 7 step version on a group coaching call this week and raced to draw it for you (I still love that grade 6 feeling of using markers and…

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Coach Buffet: A Satisfying Soup

October 16, 2009

CANCER (June 21-July 22) Soup is your metaphor for the week, Cancerian.  Symbolically speaking, it’s the key to your personal power and a model for the approach you should take in everything you do. On the most basic level, you might want to eat some soup every day.  That will make potent suggestions to your subconscious mind about how to…

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Lead From Your Primary Aim

September 28, 2009

Over lunch I read three disperate things and somehow decided they were all connected (or that if they weren’t, I was going to find a way to connect them!).  Aim…Aim is the common theme I see.  And the three things I read are: 1)      Chapter 12 of Michael’s Gerber’s The E Myth Revisited (E stand for entrepreneur) outlining the importance of  “your primary…

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Risk/Reward: The Entrepreneur’s R&R: The Little Red Riding Hood of Cupcakes

September 24, 2009

This a.m. I sat at Cafe Momus in Old Montreal and enjoyed one of the best cupcakes of my life. It was creamy and chocolaty and just the right texture and consistency.  Across the table from me was Nadine Spicer, the woman responsible.  She owns Les Cupcakes du Chaperon Rouge  (Little Red Riding Hood Cupcakes) .  Her cupcakes are made…

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Seth Godin's Lessons From Very Tiny Businesses

August 23, 2009

Thank you to my friend and strategic communications expert Deborah Hinton of Hinton : for sending me the following tips from Seth Godin: 1. Go where your customers are. Jacquelyne runs a tiny juice company called Chakwave. I met her in Los Angeles, standing next to an organic lunch truck. Like the little birds that clean the teeth of the hippo,…

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