To inspire incredible change, establish the familiar

I miss travelling. Exploring a mountain in Japan; Discovering beauty in the back alleys of Honolulu; Hurtling through traffic on a moped in Vietnam. All fantastic experiences that made me uncomfortable (lost again!) and exhilarated all at once. Isn’t it strange that while millions crave the delight of discovery while travelling, when they arrive on […]

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How to leverage everyday stories to spark extraordinary change

From coffee-antique shops to do-it-yourself community libraries to contactless pizza, innovation is everywhere these days.Small and large business are finding new ways to serve their communities and employees as we wade through a sea of forced change. Individuals have been adapting in incredible ways – not just learning new technologies, but putting them to brand […]

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Pivoting on Difficult Days: An essential part of your daily recharge

I don’t know about you but some of these days are EXHAUSTING! And while I maintain a balanced diet of COVID news interspersed with human interest stories and humour, some days still leave me feeling weary from incessant negativity and the dumb things people say…including me. Here is a routine I have found extremely helpful […]

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The Gift that keeps on Giving: Control

Research shows that when we shift our focus to what we can control, we see meaningful and lasting differences in our well-being, health, and performance. ~ The Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook   We all want control of our destiny, we all want control of our lives We all want control of each other, we all see the […]

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Your leaders don’t know how to help their people through change. Here’s how to help them help others.

I was called into my boss’s office. “Jeff, due to financial performance below expectations we have to make cuts. Unfortunately, we have to let you go. Effective immediately.” I was completely surprised and had no idea what to say. So I asked my manager how she was coping with this. Seriously! As a leader, how would […]

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Why saying “Calm Down” is the worst thing you can do

Let’s count. When faced with an angry or emotional individual, when has it helped to say, “Calm down.”? Have you finished counting? I predict your answer is approximately ZERO. It’s such a common response to anger, frustration, and sadness, yet has absolutely no benefit. Why? Emotional responses serve both a cathartic and communicative purpose. They are an […]

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Want to win them over? Follow the Tony’s Chocolonely Method

Headed home after a conference, I found myself browsing my way through the LA airport. A dangerous past-time. LAX has lots of goodies to absorb your hard-earned cash and my eyes were drawn to the chocolate bars. Brightly packaged bars grabbed my attention. “What the heck is ‘Chocolonely’? Baloney-flavoured chocolate with anti-depressant flavour crystals?” Being […]

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