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Your energetic contract with work

Welcome to my What is Work? blog series. Join the conversation #whatiswork After reading your employment contract, you know your start date, how much you’ll get paid and how often, your vacation eligibility, and what’s going to happen when you leave. The contents have barely evolved since the first one ever was scrawled on a …

What is work? A pastime

Welcome to my What is Work? blog series. Join the conversation #whatiswork I want to tell you a story. When I first graduated from my undergrad business degree and joined a boutique consulting firm, my time was my offering. Since I was green, I believed my only value was my willingness to work, literally, whenever. …

How to know it’s over

In my work, I see a lot of people needing and wanting to cut ties with a job, in order to start something new and move forward. But often, they stall out on the decision. Because ending things can be so hard. Especially when you’ve invested a lot, or when you expected a different outcome, …

Do this before goal setting

Whether you set goals annually on your birthday, in January, in September, the first of every month, any and all of the above… our culture loves to future-focus. It’s exciting to ask yourself: What do I want to DO next, WHO do I want to BECOME, WHERE do I want to FIND MYSELF in a …

Three career crossroads: which one are you at?

Ever been stuck on a big career decision – feeling out of alignment, confused or paralyzed? Over and over, I see three major decision points that stump us. Three career crossroads that we stop and stand at, gazing around… some of us for a long time. Let’s stop doing that! Chances are if you’re reading …

When to talk flex: landing a job when you have a life

I get a lot of questions about landing a new job. People ask me this: when do I break the news that I have commitments outside of work? First, let’s step back and acknowledge how dysfunctional our relationship with work has become (personal mission: working on it). Why is this even a question? Well, because …

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you have to

I’m kind of a hustler. I know some people don’t like that word; some days I don’t either. But I’m out there chasing, growing and building and trying my best to live an awesome and intentional life, and I call that hustling. There are many days when things flow. But some days it feels like …

Get sh*t done: paths to finding flow

When I was a kid, my grandparents took me to Casa Loma. It’s an historic stone mega-mansion in the middle of Toronto that’s now a public attraction. I was immediately obsessed. Obviously I took the visitor pamphlet with the castle’s floor plan back to my grandparents’ apartment. And to my great delight, my grandfather, who was …

Gut check: four keys to evaluating your next career move

A lot of people are confused about when to make a move. Here’s what I tell them: if you’re feeling the pull, it means something. But if you’re not serious about a move, stop “window shopping” job postings on your bad days at work because it’s a waste of your time. Spend that energy making …