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Creating The Life You Want: It’s All About The Questions You Ask

A colleague recently asked me to write a post for her blog Love the Life You Lead. The only guideline she stipulated was to start with a question. I realized that getting to where I am now required changing the questions I was asking. Here’s my story of discovering the right questions.

My Story, Part 1: Breaking Free

I lived the...

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Marathon Training: Mental Discipline and An Act of Faith

coaching motivation running Oct 31, 2013

Another gray, dismal, cool, wet day. Sigh. And my training plan for today called for mile repeats on the track. On Sunday it was 22 miles in similar weather. In fact, most of my long runs and track sessions have been in lousy weather as I’ve trained for the Philadelphia Marathon in mid-November.

As I sat at my desk this morning looking out...

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Three Roles for Change: Real Me, Observer, Aligner

So often we think of ourselves as simply actors in a predetermined script where we have no options other than to play out the role as it has been defined to please others.

Imagine that instead of simply being an actor in a play or movie where someone else writes the script, you get to be the scriptwriter as well as the actor. You get to decide...

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One-Minute Mood Shifters – Part 1

Try these three one-minute suggestions to experience a positive shift in your mood. You can practice them anytime, anywhere.

Feel Your Feet

You’re feeling wound up. Something has triggered you. You want to scream or cry or slump down in defeat. Pause and feel your feet. Literally. Physically feel your feet on the floor. Wherever you are...

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Running: A Truly Inclusive Sport Like No Other

motivation running Apr 16, 2013

As I followed the events of the Boston Marathon online yesterday, I became gravely concerned about what might have been damaged that is unique to the sport of running. I wondered about the basis of the deep emotions of sadness and despair that I was experiencing. Feelings beneath my sorrow and grief for the people affected by the explosions at...

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Strategic Planning+Team Development: An Essential Combination

leadership motivation teams Oct 09, 2012

When I was in a corporate marketing role, I was involved in a lot of strategic planning. I learned that it’s rare for people to successfully manage the process and make decisions about the content.

When in discussions about strategic priorities and direction, it’s easy to get caught up in the current crisis or day-to-day activities...

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Formal Mentoring Programs: Training Matters

In formal mentoring programs, preparation and training for the participants is critical to the success of the mentoring partnership.

Mentoring is an intimate learning relationship that requires intentionality to make it work. Too often I hear about programs that weren’t successful and have resulted in formal mentoring programs getting a...

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Developing Engineering Leaders of Tomorrow

equity leadership teams Jan 31, 2012

I was inspired last week after facilitating a workshop on “Diversity and Inclusion on Teams” for a class of engineering students at the University of Toronto. As part of the university’s Leaders of Tomorrow program, students can obtain a certificate in Team Skills. Engineering. Leadership. Team Skills....

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Developmental Networks: The Basics

We tend to have a variety of networks that serve various purposes. From growing our businesses to growing ourselves. From gaining a new skill to gaining visibility in the marketplace.

A developmental network is a special type of network defined as “a set of relationships an individual has with people who take an active...

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The Chaordic Path: At the Edge of Chaos Innovation Emerges

Chaos. Not knowing. Confusion. Uncertainty. These are not words that we typically include in describing the environment we want to create to solve problems. More likely these are often the descriptors we are actively seeking to eliminate. And yet, it’s at the edge of chaos and order that innovation lives. It is also the exact place where...

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