Improvise to Overcome Workplace Challenges!

Wendy Loewen

improvise - to overcome workplace challenges

How often have you made a plan, mapped out how to meet a goal, or imagined how things should be, only to find that the unanticipated occurred, something shifted, somebody said or did something that wasn’t part of the plan and suddenly what you envisioned seems impossible? My favorite album is the 1975 Köln Concert.  It is a live recording … Read More

Happiness at Work: Stop Climbing the Ladder

Eric Stutzman

climbing ladder

What if climbing the proverbial corporate ladder will only lead you to misery? Would you like to have a work life marked by satisfaction and well-being? If you answer, “Yes,” then consider this: never seek to climb the ladder at work for the sake of climbing. A career path marked by seeking one promotion after another for the promotion’s sake … Read More

Lessons About Passion from Warren Buffett

Randy Grieser

One of my all-time favorite books is Warren Buffett’s biography, Tap Dancing to Work. Buffett is a man of passion who continues to love what he does. Well into his 80s he keeps doing what he’s been doing because of passion, not for money. In fact, Buffett has pledged to give away 99 percent of his wealth either during his … 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

The Secret to Sustained Motivation

Randy Grieser

Motivation 101 The root of motivation is motive. Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary describes motive as “something (a need or desire) that causes a person to act.” Motive is the reason we do some things and not others. We must first become aware of our desire or need and then choose whether or not the task at hand warrants our highest … Read More

Making PD Count – 3 Steps to Effective Learning

Eric Stutzman

Consider the following scenario: Year end is fast approaching and you realize you haven’t spent your Professional Development (PD) budget yet. What do you do? I advise you to wait. Wait just long enough to put a simple plan in place. Follow these three steps when planning any professional development and you have a better chance of reaping positive returns … Read More

5 Ways to Cultivate Creativity in Life and Work

Lynda Monk

Creativity workshop photo, ACHIEVE

I believe that all human beings are creative, and that creative thinking is a central part of self-expression.  Self-expression is a gift we give ourselves and the world.  Creativity, therefore, is at the heart of being fully engaged in life and work.  Creativity, like any other skill, can be fostered and developed.  Under the right conditions, the muse (creative inspiration) … 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

10 Tips for Nurturing Happiness

Wendy Loewen

Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle We are all hoping for, looking for, deeply longing for, a bit of happiness in our lives. But, can we find happiness? What is the real stuff made of? Not the illusion that disappears when the glitter and party season is over. I’m not so sure that we find happiness, but I am confident we … Read More

10 Tips For Public Speaking With Confidence

Wendy Loewen

Rather be in the coffin than speak publicly? There is a Seinfeld TV episode where he states that most people hate public speaking – that in terms of fears, public speaking surpasses death. He goes on to surmise that if you are at a funeral, you would rather be the one in the coffin than the one giving the eulogy. … Read More