Several of my clients are women leaders in corporate and community-based organizations, mostly women who give more than 100% of themselves every day – at work and at home. They are extremely competent and passionate leaders, driven by purpose and a commitment to serve. During the pandemic, the familiar pressures of trying to do it all without enough resources has multiplied. Non-profit leaders are especially vulnerable to feeling overwhelmed and isolated. One client described the countless sleepless nights she has spent worrying about how her organization will survive another year and questioning her capacity to continue to serve as [...]
When I was a kid, I loved to dress up, gather my siblings and friends, and put on plays for the local parents. It was my favourite past time. Throughout my early teens I continued to seek out the stage, landing my first breakthrough role as Anne, in Anne of Green Gables in the high school musical. I thrived when I was part of a fun and creative project, whether it was academic or extracurricular. I didn’t enjoy solo pursuits as much as creative, collective efforts. My early experiences reflect the way I still prefer to work – creative [...]
“Imagine I wave a magic wand and you wake up tomorrow excited to be going to work and making enough money to enjoy your life…describe what you will be doing differently?” This question can prompt a variety of responses. Some clients resist and describe what they don’t want rather than what they do want; some go silent; some are too stuck to imagine anything different from the current reality.
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 [...]