3 Tips for Starting a New Job


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Several months ago, I moved into a new management position at ACHIEVE. After two weeks on the job, someone asked me what changes I had made and what I had shaken up after coming onboard. This conversation left me a little perplexed and somewhat unsettled. Are we really supposed to be disrupters as soon as we start a new job? … Read More

6 Lessons from a Master Bricklayer


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My grandfather, Amos, died a few weeks ago at the age of 95. We gathered as a family to mourn and celebrate his life. In the week after his death, we spent many hours with my grandmother, sifting through his possessions and reflecting on his life. Amos worked as a masonry contractor for 50 years in a small city in … Read More

3 Steps for Managing Change


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This week, I’ve been thinking a lot about managing change. For many of us, it’s graduation season. My son graduated last week and will be attending university out of province in the fall. He is the last of our three children to leave home, so my husband and I will be faced with a quiet house, less groceries to stock … Read More

How to Give Fair Feedback


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In my last blog, I wrote about how to respond to unfair feedback as an employee. Now I want to explain how supervisors can give feedback that feels, and is, fair. For context, a friend of mine was recently stung when his supervisor handed him a letter at 4:20 pm on a Friday afternoon. The letter outlined a series of complaints … Read More

How to Respond to Unfair Feedback


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Negative feedback can be difficult to respond to, particularly when you feel that it’s unfair. A friend of mine was recently stung when his supervisor handed him a letter at 4:20 pm Friday afternoon. The letter outlined a series of complaints that my friend had been unaware of prior to receiving the letter – he didn’t even remember some of … Read More

8 Tips for Making Better Decisions


We’ve all made our share of bad decisions. Decisions where the result surprised us, and not for the good.We thought it would work out differently but then we end up looking at a mess, or at an unintended conclusion. In classical mythology an oracle was a person who provided wise counsel. There is a story of King Croesus, who consults … Read More

10 Strategies for Detecting and Responding to Lying


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Here’s the shocking news: We are all liars. Maybe that sounds harsh, but let me explain. Most of us lie just a little bit to make others feel better, prevent ourselves from being caught, simplify explanations, or get a small reward such as admiration from our peers. Our own lying makes it difficult to spot and respond positively to more … Read More

5 Ways to Stop Wasting Valuable Time


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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

9 Tips to Overcome Procrastination


What things are you a pro at avoiding? Or more gently said, what things do you mentally move to tomorrow? What are the tasks you should do that you just don’t seem to find the time for, the will for, or the interest in doing? We all have our list. These are the things we find a way to justify … Read More

5 Techniques to Help Fight Focus Fatigue


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I gazed at the 30 expectant faces. I opened my mouth to speak but the words weren’t there. My sentences began with “Um,” or “Uuuh…”. I had written the presentation, but it was coming out as slowly as an 8-year-old goes to bed. When I finally found the words, they weren’t quite what I wanted to say. I tried to … Read More