Rain chimes Prisms, rain chimes, textured pillows, the Fete de la Musique in Paris and the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Any guesses what these all have in common? They’re all examples of things that bring joy which Ingrid Fetell describes in her book Joyful, the surprising power of … [Read more...] about Ten tickets to sparking more joy for yourself (and why that’s so damn important)
As a Canadian living in Nairobi, Kenya, even after 8 years of living here there is still much that’s lost in translation. There’s a constant undercurrent of intercultural issues that swim through my day. You never know what’s going on below the surface. Sometimes it’s funny – … [Read more...] about Lost in translation; what to do when you’re swimming in an intercultural current
Remember that time you tried to change something and you started off all keen and enthusiastic, only to end up discouraged, with the change not sticking? It was probably because the way you were trying to effect change didn’t match your personality. Scratch whatever you’re trying to … [Read more...] about What’s your change personality? Take this 3-question survey to find out
In my previous post, How to discover your tech personality (yes this includes you) I wrote about four types of tech personalities. It’s been a popular subject for workshop participants so I decided to make a quick survey out of it. Answer three simple questions and immediately find … [Read more...] about What’s your tech personality? Take this 3 question survey to find out
Draw a letter E on your forehead with your finger. Seriously. Right now. Did you draw it so that you could read it (from your orientation) or that someone else, someone looking at you could read it (which is called ‘other orientation’)? This is a quick way of looking at leadership … [Read more...] about Your how-to for building a vibrant learning culture (brought to you by the letter E)
I recently had the pleasure of being on a Learning and Development panel organized by Humentum, where I met Clarice Gathura who talked about a will and skill matrix. My ears perked up at the mention of a matrix, as matrixes tend to take complicated information and simplify it without making it … [Read more...] about Where are you on the will and skill matrix?
“You can’t develop a side thing, lob it over the fence and expect it to be picked up,” said my lovely coffee companion Steven Webb, Senior Advisor, Change Management for UNHABITAT. I believe we’re all change agents, so when I got the chance to site down with a change master maestro, I nabbed … [Read more...] about Change management musings from a change master maestro
How many of these sound familiar? You lack faith in the skill levels of your colleague(s) and/or you fear they lack faith in yours.In your workplace information is hoarded and not openly shared.You often feel let down because people don’t keep their word.Giving and sharing is a one-way street and … [Read more...] about Ten top criteria for team trust; how many do you have?
“Twelve months of guided simplicity.” The title caught my attention. Sign me up! Enter joy, ease and sinking into simplicity. I’m a few months into the Simple Year program now and it’s remarkable in its, well, simplicity and powerfulness. Big change sometimes comes from big … [Read more...] about Here’s how: ease and elegance in simplicity