My heart is cracking, my blood is churning and my sense of outrage is in overdrive. Here is a request for my white friends and colleagues to stand up for our friends of colour. We are in the mix and middle of a powerful time in history. Rage from historic racism and injustice has boiled … [Read more...] about To my white friends and colleagues
“How we make sense of the world, is in part based on how we make sense of ambiguity, that hazy space between ignorance and daily rituals,” says Jamie Holmes in his excellent book Nonsense: the Power of Not Knowing. Are you wondering how to put up with ambiguity? Then find through this simple mantra … [Read more...] about How to be okay when things are not okay
Are you battling with getting that awesome blog post written, that terrific course designed, that game-changing webinar delivered, or some other pet project? Finish, Gift Yourself the Gift of Done, by Jon Acuff is a gem of a book and was one of my top reads for 2018. I have some simple, … [Read more...] about Lies perfection tells us
I give to you a candle, 1 matchbox with matches in it and some tacks. Here’s your challenge. How can you get the candle to stick to the wall using only those things? The answer is in one of my top 5 books from 2019, and later in the post. In the meantime, while you’re flexing … [Read more...] about Found in translation
What do you think? Could someone convince you you were invisible? I’m guessing that’s a firm no, with a side of eye roll and a snicker. You and me, we like to think we’re objective. We like to think that our gray matter is in charge and it’s hella discerning. … [Read more...] about Could someone really make you believe you were invisible?
The forest near where I live is a massive, lush, green playground for dik diks (think tiny Japanese anime-like antelope), duikers and monkeys. When the season is right, it’s awash in colourful butterflies flitting about, creating whorls of colour in their wake. So I was intrigued to learn … [Read more...] about What we can learn from a butterfly’s struggle to escape its chrysalis
I was at the point in my workshop where I was explaining the difference between Carrot Life Lenses™ (detail-oriented) and Mountain Life Lenses™ (big-picture focused) when a woman abruptly stood up, marched determinedly to the back of the room and added a commo to a large banner that was hanging on … [Read more...] about How to not go bat crap crazy in your workspace
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
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?