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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Three Cheers for Scrooge

December 12, 2016

Ebenezer Scrooge (a well known character in Dicken’s A Christmas Carol–Summary here) was a miserable and miserly business owner who seemingly hated Christmas and people.  He’s known for his Bah! Humbug! response to his nephew’s Merry Christmas. My colleague Tim Edris and I are fortunate to not have any true Scrooges in our practice. After all, a real Scrooge would…

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Lean on Me: Partnering to Help Leaders Keep Pace

October 17, 2016

This week, my writing colleague Louise Campbell interviewed my coaching colleague, Tim Edris of the Emerging Leaders Institute, to get his view on leadership and how it is evolving.   “What got you here won’t get you there,” was coined by business leadership guru Marshall Goldsmith to underscore how leaders need to regularly update the way they lead to keep…

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Signaling a Lane Change

October 3, 2016

You’re driving on a fast highway and a car swerves into your lane without any notice.  Your reaction might range from a gentle head shake (tsk, tsk) to jamming on the brakes to ending up in a car crash if you don’t have enough time to react. Signaling a lane change is the law on our roads. Bad things can…

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Feedback: A Formula to Face and Embrace

September 20, 2016

Is feedback important?  We’d all say a resounding, “Yes!” Yet how many of us ever ask for feedback on our leadership? Or ask what’s expected of us, both the spoken and unspoken? And how many of us make giving/getting feedback part of our everyday? Feedback is merely information that helps us know whether we are on track. Sounds so simple.…

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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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