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On Being A Possibilitarian: Yes Pigs Can Fly!

 

“Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities — always see them, for they’re always there.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Being a possibilitarian has had quite an impact in my life.

After a 20 year corporate marketing/HR career, I obtained a...

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Marathon Woman: A Must Read History Book about Women, Running, and What it Takes to Achieve Equity

I am embarrassed. I’ve been a runner since 1992. I’ve run 18 marathons including Boston and New York City as well as hundreds of shorter races. I’ve worked in the field of equity and inclusion since 1999 and have a Masters degree in Gender and Cultural Studies.

And I took for granted that I could enter and run a marathon...

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How About A Values-Related Question Instead of The Typical Resolution This Year?

The idea of establishing a resolution or intention for the year is a good one in theory. After all, where your focus goes, energy flows. The problem with many resolutions is that they’re often based on a deficit perspective or a negative frame. Lose 10 lbs. Exercise more. Spend more time with kids. Save more money. Lots of...

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Mentoring Ease & Positive Outcomes Require Shared Explicit Expectations

From the hundreds of mentoring partnerships I’ve witnessed in programs ranging from the tech industry to education to triathlon to government to community development, the single biggest factor in relationship breakdown is unclear expectations and lack of alignment on how to carry out the relationship. Same is true for informal, naturally...

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Mutuality in Mentoring: It Matters

When asked to reflect on relationships that have made a difference in their lives, many people think about their mentoring relationships. However, like other work and personal relationships, mentoring relationships fall along a continuum ranging from high quality to dysfunctional. Research has shown that one determining attribute of high...

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Version 2: End-Hurry. What Are You Waiting For?

“End. Hurry.” After writing the first post about slowing down (which I’ve since renamed “Version 1“) it occurred to me that there’s another interpretation. “What are you waiting for?” One of those dualities that makes life entertaining…how to slow down and hurry up at the same...

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Version 1: End-Hurry. Slow Down, You’re Moving Too Fast…

“End. Hurry.” I saw these words painted on the road while on my bike just ouside Killbear Provincial Park in Central Ontario. I assume they were in reference to some type of road race however it struck me that as we scurry around in our daily activities, it’s like we’re hurrying to get to the end. Our focus is on getting...

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On Being A System Disruptor: Asking Questions To Find New Possibilities

In 7th grade, there was a beautiful big tree in the schoolyard. It was just perfect for climbing. It had large limbs reaching out from the trunk the right distance apart to be able to move higher up into the tree with relative ease.

I loved climbing trees. One day I talked a friend into climbing the tree with me to eat our lunch. A short while...

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The Pivotal Career Question: What’s next?

Even though the world of work has changed dramatically over the past couple of decades, where long tenure and single careers have almost become a thing of the past, many people still hold the perspective that there’s one path they ‘should’ be taking. That once they find their one true calling, fulfillment and prosperity will...

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5 Ways to Discover Clarity – A Continuous Dynamic Process

• I’m not sure.

• I don’t know

• I’ll wait and see

• I’m not ready yet.

• What if I’m wrong?

• What if I change my mind?

Sound familiar? The sounds of inaction. Being stuck. Immobile. 

We’ve all used these phrases at one time or another and yes, sometimes it is prudent...

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