Has a job interviewer ever asked you about your greatest disappointment at work? Why would someone ask this? It can be a way to measure problem-solving skills and resilience. Just like life, every project encounters difficulties, unexpected challenges and roadblocks. Disappointment means that what we planned or hoped for isn't what we're currently experiencing. Here are 3 steps to move past disappointment: 1. Recognize that you're feeling disappointed. Feelings of disappointm
Every change management initiative experiences setbacks and slumps. Think about when you’ve made a change in your personal life – committing to a workout plan, for example. Were you motivated every day, ready to take on the world? Probably not. Some days you were full of energy, while other times you may have lacked the motivation, felt tired, or sore. If you kept going despite resistance, it’s likely because you continued to focus on the end goal. Here are 3 ways to be an in
Have you attended a Zoom birthday party or another virtual celebration recently? When physical distancing took effect, we didn't stop celebrating. We just changed the way we celebrate. Why do we celebrate? Celebrations and rituals play an important part in supporting well-being and optimizing brain health. It's important to celebrate successes, both large and small. Why? 👉Feelings of accomplishment stimulate serotonin and dopamine, two key 'feel good' hormones in the brain �
Think about the last time you made a routine trip, to the grocery store or to work, for example. It might have been awhile ago, I know! Have you ever made this trip and realized that you didn't remember how you go to your destination? When we repeat behaviours, the brain creates neural pathways that make it easier to repeat these behaviours. It takes less energy for our brains to go on auto-pilot, which is a useful survival mechanism designed to help us. This same auto-pilot
There are 3 C"s for successful communication to support a change: Clear Concise Compare As an example, let's examine the latest pandemic messaging for certain regions in Ontario. 1. Communicate clearly Is saying "we're moving to the grey zone" clear? No. What does grey zone even mean? If something is a 'grey area', it means it's unclear and without boundaries. As a colour, grey isn't associated with a sense of urgency. 2. Be concise Is it concise? No. When I saw the messaging
Quarantine. Lockdown. Stay home. Save lives. Shelter in place. Pandemic. These are survival words. What do survival words do? They trigger our brain to go into survival mode. Your brain is designed to keep you safe and protect you from harm at all times. When your brain senses danger, it triggers the stress response, also known as this 'fight/flight/freeze' response. Your body responds to the threat by producing cortisol, the stress hormone. Your heart may race, your muscles
#Leaders, are you OK with 25% of your workforce leaving due to burnout?
I didn't think so.
According to a McKinsey report on Women in the Workplace, 1 in 4 women are considering downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce entirely.
This is not OK.
Financial anxiety, household responsibilities and, for working moms, childcare and homeschooling have led to a #shesession, not a recession.
For many women, the solution is to leave.
Women need to lead the workplace, n
Whether you're a gourmet chef or a one-dish wonder, at some point you need to prepare a meal. Changing your life for the better is a lot like making dinner. It takes planning, preparation, guidance and action. If you're missing any of these ingredients, your life won't turn out the way you expect or want. The secret ingredient you're missing Every recipe has a secret or special ingredient that gives it 'oomph'. Without it, the recipe wouldn't be the same, or stand out. What's
Do you remember when social distancing became physical distancing? Earlier this year, to help stop the spread of COVID-19, governments started telling people to “shelter in place”, practice “social distancing” and so on. Why did the pandemic language change as time went on? Language changes in response to changing circumstances Firstly, it wasn’t accurate. We were encouraged to limit face-to-face interactions, not social interactions via phone or Zoom. Shelter in place typica
I get it. You’ve got a lot going on and are powering through a project, the week, even your life. I have two questions for you: Does ‘powering through’ feel powerful? Or does it feel more like running on empty? What happens when you finish powering through something? You get to the end and then what? Do you finally give yourself permission take a break? Or do you just power through the next thing? I’ve been there. Powering through, running on fumes - whatever you want to call
As of today, there have been over 19 million posts on Instagram alone with the stay safe hashtag. As the world begins to move past lockdown, the messages are changing. What’s the problem with change and changing messages? It takes our brains and bodies time to catch up. How your brain is set up to protect you Your brain is involved in processing your experiences. One of the ways it processes experiences, and stores them for future use and information, is by using neural netwo
What are you scared of right now? When I ask clients or workshop participants that question, pretty much everybody tenses up and the automatic answer is “nothing”. As adults, we’re not used to talking about what scares us. It makes us feel vulnerable and exposed. As human beings, we all experience fear – it’s one of the things that’s helped us survive as a species. Our brains are set up to automatically always be on the lookout for, and quickly respond to, anything that could
A friend of mine said to me the other day that we've had a few years' worth of change in a couple of months! Collectively we've had to adapt to new schedules, new ways of working, restricted movement, being isolated from most people and perhaps spending more time than usual with those in our household. Thankfully there are signs that the situation related to #COVID19 is starting to improve in many parts of the world. There's a collective desire for things to "get back to norm