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When Is Enough, Enough?

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In 2015, newly-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named 15 women and 15 men to his cabinet. Unbelievably, the media questioned him as to why, and his simple response “Because it’s 2015”, made international headlines and lit up social media. Trudeau’s act of equality set a precedent but also echoed the promise of a new deal Read More

Intuition — The Disruptive Skill

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In this era of interconnected, volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (iVUCA) challenges, disruptive products and services are much sought after. These innovative devices, ideas or processes disrupt existing methods by creating entirely new markets for solving the challenges emerging in our daily lives. Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, was a disruptive innovation given its major impact Read More

Deep Collaboration — Have You Covered Your 4 Bases?

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During my early work career, authority and control were still operational skills for organizational leaders, which was the main reason I opted for self-employment.  Frankly, working in autocratic hierarchical organizations of that day was paramount to having one’s creative flame snuffed out. For someone who favoured “asking forgiveness over asking permission,” employment in one of Read More

Emotional Suppression — Are We Witnessing its Swan Song?

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If I polled people, myself included, as to whether they were taught to recognize and successfully navigate their emotions, they would all likely answer the same — “No way.” In fact, children and adults are still trained to suppress rather than express emotion. The evidence is present in such statements made to young males as — “Boys don’t cry” or to adult women — “If you want their respect, don’t let them see your tears.”

Feminist — Are You or Aren’t You (a 15-point Checklist)

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In celebration of the recently passed International Women’s Day, and feminism in general, I read Chimananda Ngozi Adichie’s Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions. As a feminist raised in the 1960’s and 70’s, I was curious to see whether my views of feminism reconcile with those of contemporaries growing up in this Read More

Internal Issues — 2017’s Top Corporate Challenges

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In both informal surveys and more rigorous data samples, corporations today report their greatest problems arise from internal issues. In particular, three challenges — alignment, systems and cooperation — top the list of a number of executives across multiple industries. In contrast, decision making, technical problems, innovation and unmotivated employees are far down that same Read More

Difficult Emotions — A Tool for Awakening to the Present

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Since Donald Trump’s January inauguration as 45th President of the United States, a groundswell of shock, disbelief, anger, fear and sadness has arisen around the world. If you are someone who listens to the news, not a day passes without further expression of these negative emotions.  Our atmosphere is being cluttered with toxic emotion.  Unfortunately, Read More

Turf to Trust — Co-creating an “I to We” Shift

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In light of what I view as fear-based American politics and propaganda, apparently the emotional war between the ego’s desire for turf and the heart’s desire for trust is in full swing. Another way of interpreting this internal human struggle, now visibly externalized, is to understand it as a balancing act between autonomy and community Read More

Optimal Decision Making — Integrating Intuition and Intellect

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Donald Trump, real-estate mogul and newly-elected American President, has been touted as opportunistic and unpredictable by more than just the media. Both traits are common to many entrepreneurs whose modus operandi for achieving results is get an idea, act; get another idea, act; get another idea, act; and so on. Of course, those who voted Read More

Truth, Beauty & Goodness — Shared Values to Live By

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Effective businesses organize around what is considered valuable and call this their value proposition. So, it is not a huge leap for global society to recognize the significance of organizing around what it deems as valuable. The question remains, “What universally shared values are foundational for the prosperity of people and planet?” Answering this question has everything to do with accepting that our emergent experience constitutes a New Normal, and a good deal of the uncertainty experienced in this New Normal is attributable to the shifting nature of our values.

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