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25 05, 2019

Making it Happen: Transition and Transformation

2019-05-27T13:23:03-04:00May 25th, 2019|Newsletter and resources|

I recently had an interesting conversation with writing coach Stephanie Mitchell about the meaning of transition vs transformation.  My quick Google search uncovered these definitions:Transition = “the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another”Transformation = “a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance” The onset of spring in Southern Ontario is transformation writ large. The drama of the seasonal change in Toronto over the last week literally became a theatre, as people streamed into local parks to witness the cherry blossoms up close. As human beings, we are changing all the time. Some [...]

19 12, 2018

Embracing Uncertainty

2018-12-19T11:53:13-04:00December 19th, 2018|Newsletter and resources|

As the year draws to a close, I am grappling with how to make sense of uncertain and unpredictable times.  I don’t think I am alone in this endeavour. 2018 has been a tough year for many of my clients and friends. On a macro level, we seem to be living through particularly disruptive times.  There is a lot of bad news to digest every day. One friend told me recently he has stopped reading the news altogether. On a personal level, my husband had a head injury last spring that left him unable to work and engage in many [...]

28 03, 2018

Spring Newsletter 2018 – Feast on Your Life!

2018-10-01T12:47:27-04:00March 28th, 2018|Newsletter and resources|

I attended a conference earlier this month hosted by the International Coach Federation . Picture a room with hundreds of professional coaches who dedicate their working lives to bringing out the best in people. Not surprisingly, it was a very affirming experience just to be in their presence! Yet even coaches get stuck and don’t know how to break ingrained patterns of behaviour. One of the speakers, Robert Keegan, gave a thought provoking talk on the psychological challenges of changing our mindsets. It was fascinating to hear the research on what gets in the way of change and how to establish [...]

13 12, 2017

Krakauer Coaching

2017-12-12T13:52:14-04:00December 13th, 2017|Newsletter and resources|

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” - Leonard Cohen Letting the light in is a powerful symbol in many spiritual and cultural traditions, especially at this time of year as the days get shorter and darkness descends. In my “modern day family” we hang Christmas lights outside our home and we mark the eight days of Hanukkah by lighting the candles of the Menorah. The holiday of Diwali, celebrated last month by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world refers to the clay lamps that are lit up to symbolize the inner light that protects [...]

2 11, 2017

“No dress rehearsal…This is our life”

2017-11-02T09:11:29-04:00November 2nd, 2017|Newsletter and resources|

“No dress rehearsal…This is our life” - Gord Downie Whether or not you are a devoted Tragically Hip fan, it would be difficult not to be moved by the recent death and resounding outpouring of love for frontman Gord Downie. So much has been said and written about this gifted and generous human being, a man of poetry and music, a lover of dance, and someone who showed a deep commitment to this country and ALL the peoples who inhabit it. I first encountered the Hip in the early ‘90s at a Canada Day concert in Barrie, Ontario. I was [...]

21 06, 2017

It’s summer time!

2017-06-22T06:35:17-04:00June 21st, 2017|Newsletter and resources|

It’s that time of year when we come up for air literally and figuratively. I find myself taking deeper breaths to inhale the sweet smells of summer, venturing outside as often as possible to replenish, and watching the stunning pace of growth all around – especially with the amount of rain we’ve had this year! Figuratively speaking, summer is also a powerful time to hit pause. The season calls to us to consider what we need to clean out, to make space for new growth. Notice what’s happening in your life and your work: Where do you need to make [...]

15 12, 2016

How to be happy and successful in 2017

2016-12-14T10:35:07-04:00December 15th, 2016|Newsletter and resources|

Thinking about how to kick start 2017? Consider this: if you make happiness a priority, you increase your chances of professional success – and not the other way around. Research in the field of positive psychology shows that people who figure out how to be happier at work are more likely to be productive, competent and engaged in whatever they do. They are also more likely to contribute to the success of others and make a difference in their communities. The old sage advice is true. Be happy and success will follow. Sounds easy, but it’s not simple. We live [...]

18 02, 2016

Finding Role Models in Unexpected Places

2016-02-16T11:47:33-04:00February 18th, 2016|Newsletter and resources|

Resilience is the new "it" quality in developing leadership. These are tough times. To be a successful leader, professional or business owner, it takes more than intellect, emotional intelligence and ambition. Resilience is like a core muscle that, if well developed, creates a strong foundation for navigating the ups and downs of a career. It is an important muscle in the face of a difficult event such as a job loss, being passed over for a promotion, or getting burnt out.  But building resilience takes practice.  You can start by identifying the external tools and inner resources that keep you [...]

30 09, 2015

Time for a Change

2016-02-05T07:32:37-04:00September 30th, 2015|Newsletter and resources|

The fall colours in Ontario were the most spectacular I have seen in many years. While it is cliché, it is a season that reminds us about the constant ebb and flow of all things. As a career and leadership coach, I work with people grappling with their own reactions to change. Some people embrace it, some go cautiously towards it, but most of us, if we’re honest, get pretty comfortable with what we already know. In Canada this month we have been immersed in lessons of change. Whether you are a fan or not of the new government, it is impossible [...]

30 06, 2015

Mindfulness at Work

2016-02-04T15:18:47-04:00June 30th, 2015|Newsletter and resources|

It seems that everywhere I turn lately there is a new workshop, lecture or book on mindfulness. A quick search of “mindfulness at work” on Amazon Books results in over 1,000 hits! In the last six months I attended three professional events with a “mindfulness” topic: mindfulness for stress reduction; mindfulness in parenting, and mindfulness in coaching. Mindfulness in Leadership is even a hot topic (see sidebar). Today, developing a mindfulness practice has almost gone mainstream – endorsed by many in the medical community as an effective method for dealing with stress, anxiety, depression and chronic pain; and backed up by brain [...]

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