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Confidence as a function of competence

Parenting’s hard. One day you’re a successful professional person with a clear path forward; the next, you’re just another imperfect human trying their best to avoid messing up their kids. Which is why I listen to parenting books and podcasts. Because I am a student of psychology, always. And because I recognize that young kids …

Your Empowered Workspace

I googled “why space matters” to find a meaningful quote to open this post and all the results were about outer space. Which might say more about my search history than anything else. But today, we’re discussing your empowered workspace, not colonizing Mars. Here on earth, our space has an important role to play. Used …

Unconventional job search advice you need to hear

Like all of nature, we are in never-ending cycles of growth, blooming, fullness, fading and dying. So many people in job search are coming off a DE-struction experience in their working lives. It could be job loss, mistreatment, disenchantment, simply having outgrown an environment or team, or a million other reasons. No one gets through …

Showing up for crisis (an empowering message)

I think we can safely agree that this Covid-19 situation has caught our attention. I’m sitting in Ontario, Canada, watching closely as our political leaders show up for this crisis, and I’ve seen a few themes that I want to highlight for all leaders in all workplaces. These leadership themes are: demonstrate respect; make room …

Manufacturing resilience (AKA start loving failure)

Lately I’ve been listening to development psychologists talk about raising kids (I consider it professional and personal research). I heard Dr. Polly Young-Eisendrath on the subject of self-esteem, and the reality that sometimes the most “privileged” kids – ones with the most material abundance, the best educations, and the most protected upbringing – end up …

Essential skills for changing jobs

You’ve seen the statistics: over the course of our careers, we move around (jobs and companies) way more than we used to. Most of us were not taught the skills needed to change jobs successfully, so we often learn them out of necessity, in real time, during a job change. When it comes to what’s …

Take up more space

I’m not even going to get into what we do to girls and women when it comes to taking up space with their bodies. If you’re my reader, you know about that, and you know it’s a problem. I will say that every week when I teach my prenatal yoga class, I find myself saying …

How to shift your narrative

Imagine we’re taking a walk together. You’re showing me the path you walk every day, pointing things out to me. You’re telling me – this is the root I step over, there’s the tree I admire, and here – HERE – is the rock I trip over. Every damn day. We stop and look at …