Remembering The Power of Hope

Over a year ago I had an insight into what motivates people during change. WIIFM (What’s In It For Me) is the classic view: We move towards goals that offer something in our self-interest. This is dissatisfying because it is inherently selfish. I set out to find contradictions to the pursuit of self-interest and found […]

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We Change Together or Not At All

Messages about change must be designed to draw people together, whether it’s to launch a new marketing strategy or build a mountain of jack-o’-lanterns. If we are not working together, we are not working at our best. Diversity work is all about navigating change. Setting race aside, the objective is to get everyone moving in […]

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We are all racist and sexist. It’s more subtle than you think.

Read this excerpt from a recent McKinsey report: “Research shows that company profits and share performance can be close to 50 percent higher when women are well represented at the top. Beyond that, senior-level women have a vast and meaningful impact on a company’s culture. They are more likely than senior-level men to embrace employee-friendly […]

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We Want Your Productivity, Not Your Opinion. How To Promote Fear And Kill Innovation.

Welcome to Skipco! Here’s your desk, laptop, and work assignments. My door is open and I’m happy to help you succeed. However, if you could please keep all discourse to work-related topics, we would appreciate it. We have a strict ‘no personal opinions’ policy here. We have found controversy to be unproductive. Feeling ‘on board’ […]

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I killed a plant today – Unintentional I swear!

After ten years of plants growing unchecked, beauty had morphed into chaos. Cute little gumdrop bushes had either died or grown into shaggy bullies to neighboring flowers. The elderberry had become a menace to anyone approaching our front door (Sorry, couriers!!). A small tree had made contact with our front window to provide creepy screeching […]

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The one thing we all want

There’s a lot of shouting going on these days: People are marching for #blacklivesmatter Facebook employees are protesting Zuckerberg’s handling of Trump’s messages Everyday citizens are calling out the pain of layoffs, broken businesses, and evaporating bank accounts Even the call for silence to take a moment to reflect is a banner waved boldly across […]

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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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