I’ve been reading a fascinating book on the social, emotional and environmental causes of depression and anxiety. Lost Connections, by Johann Hari draws on years of research to show that depression is often a reasonable response to prolonged challenges in life circumstances. As a career and leadership coach, I was particularly intrigued by the research that shows an absence of meaningful work over time can cause depression and anxiety. It turns out that integrating what matters to you in your career and life is of utmost importance if you want to stay healthy. The disconnection from meaningful work is [...]
Change is hard. More than ever we are constantly reminded of this. Our capacity to respond and to grow through change is challenged daily. It’s hard to imagine embracing change, especially these days when things feel so out of control. But what if change is exactly what you need right now to find more meaning and enjoy your life?
It’s been awhile since my last post, and hard to believe I’m gearing up for fall programs and reopening my office! Despite the challenges of 2020 so far, I have seen many clients adapt successfully and find creative ways to continue to deliver professional services and build their businesses.
I’ve been holding off posting these last two weeks to make space for other voices and because I’m having trouble finding the words. There is so much hurt and grief in the world these days. Sometimes it’s easier to look away or hide. But one thing I know about grief, is that if you don’t express it, it will come back and haunt you later.
We are all trying our best to get through this crisis — and bounce back as social distancing rules are relaxed. Effective communication is essential as we look toward recovery. That’s why I’m teaming up with Stephanie C. Mitchell, writing coach and communications consultant, to offer this new workshop. Stephanie and I have tailored this workshop for exactly this time of change and high stress, when we naturally fall back on familiar patterns of behaviour and communication. What happens when the old ways of doing things are no longer possible? This workshop will give you the tools you need to communicate more [...]
Over the last eight weeks, we have all adjusted to new ways of working, living together (often in close quarters!) and staying healthy. For many of my clients, there’s the added responsibility of leading through a crisis and keeping teams engaged, often with kids underfoot. I’ve begun to notice a shift recently, as the realization that we could be in this for a while settles in. People are starting to consider how their future working lives will change as a result – and for some, it’s not all bad. Some of my clients are shining during this period of crisis [...]
Were you contemplating a career change when the pandemic hit and now it feels like the change you wanted to make will never happen? Maybe you were in the middle of a job search and it’s been put on hold indefinitely. You are not alone. Lots of people are feeling scared, stuck, or worried things will never change. Many have already lost their jobs or are facing significant income losses. Taking time to prepare and shift your mindset may seem like an impossible task right now. But if not now, when? I’ve seen clients learn to adapt and shift their focus, with [...]
A Coaching Program to help you bridge the gap from uncertaintyto growth Over the last week or so, I’ve noticed a shift in conversations with clients, colleagues and friends. Despite ongoing fear and anxiety about the impact of Covid-19 on our loved ones and our lives, I hear how people and organizations are learning to adapt. I am heartened by some of what I see: people connecting with each other more often than ever, even if it’s virtual. Leaders speaking up with courage to acknowledge their fears and inviting others to do the same. Businesses and professionals coming up [...]
It’s been an eventful couple of weeks, and like many of you, I am carefully monitoring the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID19) both locally and globally, and trying to stay well informed on how to take precautions during this time to stay healthy, and do the right thing to protect loved ones and the broader community. For many of us, even those without immediate health concerns, the uncertainty of what we are facing and the constant news is taking an emotional toll. For those who are self-isolating, or experiencing work and income disruption, or having difficulty looking after their kids, [...]
The level of uncertainty and pace of change as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has been dizzying. I am hearing from friends, colleagues and clients about heightened levels of anxiety, not just about the impact of the virus itself, but also the consequences of the measures taken to contain it. We are living in a state of high alert, and one thing we know about the human brain is that it doesn’t function very well in a constant state of high alert. You may find yourself reacting with some variation of fight, flight or freeze. During a crisis this is [...]