Tag: well-being

Leadership tip: Define your success by YOUR progress, not by how you measure up to THEIR perfection. With a picture of women climbing up a bar graph toward a lightbulb.

Choosing Progress Over Perfection

They’d say it’s not enough. The 10 minutes I exercise. It should be longer. Faster.More. It’s not enough. And I need to remind myself that this is more.It’s more per week.It’s earlier.It’s more intense. Than when I started. While I may get to their more, right now, I need to focus on my more.I nudge forward…
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Leadership Tip: Stressed? Overwhelmed? Exhausted? There are often signs that we need better boundaries. With picture of a person holding there head looking like they are experiencing stress and overwhelm.

Boundaries For the Win

She was stressed.  Overwhelmed.  And exhausted. She was taking on way more than she could or should. Be a team player.Don’t be selfish.Don’t say “no.”Care about others.  Help others.Don’t let anyone fail. You’re strong.  You’re resilient. Don’t let anyone down. She was drowning in her own truths.  She was curious about assertive behaviour.  Having boundaries.   Changing the…
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Leadership Tip: You can know someone’s going through something without needing to know what someone’s going through.

Caring Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

They let me know they were going through something.  They might not be present.They might not be fully present.They might not contribute today. No details. But enough of a window into their personal life for me to: Be understandingAccommodateCheck-in Care. I advocate for getting results by getting to know, understanding, and supporting people – the whole…
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Leadership Tip: It's never too late to pull things out of your "I Should Do That Bag"

Better Late Than Never

I started reading Watership Down this week. A goal at least 30 years in the making. Someone spoke of the book during a leadership development program last week.  The old orange-spined copy that sat for years on the bookshelves in my childhood basement sprang to mind. I’ve always meant to read it.  Have carried the…
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Leadership Tip: Goals Don't Have to Suck

Goals Don’t Have to Suck

Thankfully, the stomach bug didn’t ruin our entire holiday, and I got to see many friends over the last couple of weeks. One thing that stood out was the number of people who talked and complained about goals.  But the thing is, it’s not really goals that suck.  It’s usually the way we think about…
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Leadership tip: Even the best wellness program can't cure an unhealthy culture with a picture of two branches with green leaves on them.

Wellness is About Culture, Not Programs

She was sick and tired of being sick and tired. She’d done the EAP counselling.She’d attended the lunchtime workshops.She used the company gym. And none of it helped her feel better. The lack of trust.The feeling of being in regular battle with her colleagues.The unaddressed performance issues that frequently impacted her and her work. They…
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Menopause is a leadership issue

Menopause is a Leadership Issue

October 18 is World Menopause Day. Should I be wearing a grey t-shirt? All jokes aside, it turns out menopause is not only a serious issue, it’s a leadership issue. CBC just published an article that references a new report by the Menopause Foundation of Canada, which suggests “missed work days, lower productivity and lost income…
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sugget a work walk

Find the Opportunity to Walk and Talk

I’d like to thank Andrew Kaikkonen and the Lovers atWork Office Furniture team for inspiring this post and the outcomes in it.  Excellent people, ideas, and furniture solutions, in case you’re in the market! A few months ago, I suggested meeting for coffee and Andrew asked I’d be up for a walk instead.  The idea…
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Let them see you struggle so they don't think they're the only one who does

Let Them See You Struggle

I’ll let you in on a secret… None of us have it all together. However, we often give the impression that we do.  Whether it’s curated social media accounts, glowing annual reports, or keeping our challenges from our team, we often give the impression that we don’t struggle. And it’s giving all of us a false…
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Leadership Catch Them Doing Things Well

Catch Them Doing Things Well

Knock, knock. “Do you have a minute?” They tense.  They’ve been working long hours, stressing about the project, and doing so many things well. And their manager only drops in when there’s a problem.  “Let’s get this over with,” they both think. 😞 “I’ve noticed you missed one of the stakeholders in your email communications. That…
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