Blog posts written by Sheri Coburn

How to Handle Conflict in Relationships

Sheri Coburn

workplace conflict, conflict resolution, workplace culture, leadership, management, interpersonal conflict, conflict

FACT: Spending more time in conflict can IMPROVE your personal and professional relationships. Throughout my work as both a family counsellor and business consultant, I have noticed a common theme emerge that can significantly undermine both personal and professional wellness: conflict. Interestingly, conflict itself is generally not the primary presenting issue. Rather, issues arise with the actions or inactions taken … Read More

5 Ways to Stop Wasting Valuable Time

Sheri Coburn

multipurpose businessman

If I had a penny for every time I have heard “I don’t have time”, “If only I had the time” or “I’ll have time when I’m dead,” I would be rich. This seeming lack of time has become the new politics: we are invested in complaining about it, yet feel powerless to change it. Our culture of martyrdom, perfectionism, … Read More

Random Acts of Kindness: 5 Simple Steps

Sheri Coburn

The Oxford English Dictionary defines “random” as “Having no definite aim or purpose; not set or guided in a particular direction; made, done, occurring, etc., without method or conscious choice; haphazard.” I am asking you to completely disregard the Oxford Dictionary definition of random. Instead, I want you to celebrate  Random Acts of Kindness every day with intention, purpose and a directed desire … Read More

5 Considerations When Setting New Year’s Resolutions

Sheri Coburn

A New Year is an opportunity to bring better balance to our work life. Camp one is the “New Year’s resolution camp”. It is full of spoken hope, a public sharing of aspirations for the year ahead, and promises and written goals that will serve as guiding principles for all that we should have been done better last year. Camp … Read More

Laughter for a Better Workplace

Sheri Coburn

Laughter ought to be considered an essential workplace skill. We value it so highly at our office that we ask all interviewees, “When will we hear you laugh?” If they can’t answer that question, we start to get concerned. I have a painfully dull laugh. In fact, often when I find something really funny, instead of laughing, I will say … Read More

Employee Appreciation Day – Make the Most of March 4

Sheri Coburn

The greeting card companies have missed an opportunity, but that doesn’t mean we have to. Somewhere between Valentine’s Day and St Patty’s day lies a free pass for anyone looking to celebrate the importance of teamwork and leadership! March 4 is Employee Appreciation Day and leaders everywhere should take action. The good leader sees March 4 on the calendar and … Read More

“It’s not you, it’s me” – The Wisdom of a Break-Up Adage

Sheri Coburn

Some of our most difficult and frustrating relationships happen in the workplace. Inevitable really, considering we spend 8 to 12 hours a day with people who we possibly didn’t choose, potentially have nothing more in common with than a shared workspace and who ultimately have their own ideas and agendas about how best to navigate their working life. In other … Read More

Ways to Create Solutions in the New Year

Sheri Coburn

A New Year is an opportunity to bring better balance to our work life. At the New Year, we all tend to fall into one of two camps. Camp one is the “New Year’s resolution camp”. It is full of spoken hope, a public sharing of aspirations for the year ahead, and promises and written goals that will serve as … Read More

Surviving the Office Party – 5 Things You Need to Know

Sheri Coburn

Business man getting sick in bag at holiday office party

The holiday season is upon us, and many workplaces utilize the opportunity to celebrate the spirit of the season by hosting an event or party.  Although every organization’s approach to the holiday office party can be different, there are often commonalities. A typical holiday office event or party may be: an event that happens outside regular working hours; has alcoholic … Read More

How to Ask for a Promotion – Think, Act, Respond

Sheri Coburn

Woman excited after she ask for a promotion

If you have never considered asking for a promotion or a raise, you absolutely should. BUT to be effective, you need to be strategic. Don’t enter into the request blindly. There is a definite art to making requests, particularly when those requests include someone bestowing you with more power, or potentially narrowing their profit margin to thicken the lining of … Read More