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It’s easy to be in present moment awareness in good times; it is harder to stay present when “more difficult” emotions come up. Even boredom can cause us to want to escape the present. | Chandler Coaches

Feelings: Entertain Them All

January 10, 2017

The Guest House This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.  A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing…

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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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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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Business Experiments in the Test Kitchen of Life- Part II

February 10, 2010

This past weekend Tanya and I created what I’ve dubbed our Business Experiments in the Test Kitchen of Life Challenge in which we gave ourselves $50 each to buy food in secret which we would then combine to cook up a menu and meal together. Tanya bought: I bought: Morbier cheese Chocolate with pink peppercorns Mussels Oatmeal crisps Red chilli peppers French country farm sausage…

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Business Creativity and Innovation Thanks to Mr. Potato Head (and Frosty)

January 7, 2010

According to Hasbro: The three newest members of the MR. POTATO HEAD family offer tons of imaginative fun for playful toddlers. The charming PRINCESS SWEET POTATO figure comes complete with tiara and frog prince for royal adventures, and FRYER FIGHTER tater is ready to squelch flames with his handy fire extinguisher.  Swashbuckling spud CAPTAIN POTATO CHIPS figurine has a peg leg,…

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A Fearful Finch Flies From the Nest

September 17, 2009

This is a departure, dear reader, from my usual topics of business, coaching and a side of tango.  It is with great delight, that I break tradition and share with you a Dr. Seuss style poem instead. This poem is very dear to me as it was written by a special client I have been coaching after I read her “Oh the…

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The Value of Red Velvet Cake

May 7, 2009

Dedication to every client’s success Innovation that matters, for our company and for the world Trust and personal responsibility in all relationships   What do the above points represent?  They are the core values of IBM as developed last year by the 319,000 IBMers around the world who engaged in an open “values jam” on their global internet. Believe it or…

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An Entrepreneur is Like a Great Tanguero (a.k.a. tango dancer)

April 8, 2009

So you might readily agree that one could draw parallels between tango and sex. I go so far as to say there are parallels between tango and business and specifically that there are common characteristics between tango dancers and entrepreneurs. And it has nothing to do with sex. Hear me out. For starters, is there any dance more complicated to…

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