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I’ve been quieter than usual lately. Not intentionally. Just finding myself stuck some days in all that is going on. Perhaps it has happened to you too. I wish there were a word to describe this condition of having countless ideas, but having difficulty channelling...

As I begin to write this article, I am in quarantine in my white house, with its small front porch. The days are warm, spring is well and truly here. It’s green outside, and flowers bloom everywhere. The ocean tides come and go as they...

I was consulting on a project for an organization, and as a part of that work I was asked to join the project team conference calls. On the first call, I noticed that people were strangely quiet. The project manager, hired to lead this team,...

In a course that I took once with author, Patti Digh, she made a comment about doing some of her best work when she “lowered the bar.” It made me think of the bar I set for myself sometimes and how impossible it is to...

It had been 16 years since my last triathlon, and 4 years since I had even raced a 5 km run, but when my husband suggested that our family enter a sprint-triathlon and my 13-year old daughter was excited to compete in her first one,...

In “The Deep Change Field Guide: A Personal Course to Discovering the Leader Within” Dr. Robert Quinn points out that launching a company-wide change effort without considering the role of culture in the process is the equivalent of “learning that your brain surgeon is ignorant...

“Research shows that corporate purpose statements often do more harm than good because they are political exercises rather than words that people passionately believe in,” were the words of Dr. Robert Quinn when I interviewed him for “A Better Place To Work: Daily Practices That...

I caught up with my friend Kathryn on a recent trip through Field, in the Canadian Rockies, where she and her husband run a pottery studio. Getting together reminded me of when we worked together as lifeguards in my teens at a small, outdoor pool...

“Every choice you make leads you away from your vision or moves you toward it.”  - Patti Digh -  What do we want our culture to be? This simple question was the starting point for a bold new vision for Baptist Healthcare (BHC), an organization that led...

“A positive people culture is one where people experience positive emotions, optimism, cohesion, gratitude and humour, and where they have, as a consequence, a real sense of engagement” Dr. Michael West, Professor of Organizational Psychology, Lancaster University Management School. My interview with Dr. West was one...