On a bike ride over the weekend, we came across this poster. At first glance, without a proper look, it’s a feel-good gesture: our health care workers are not only working hard for all of us, but are taking risks every day as they do so. But look closer. What do you see? Who do you … [Continue reading] Who are we seeing? Who are we missing?
A couple of weeks ago, my colleague and friend Joseph Ranseth (who teaches people how to create movements) asked our Mastermind Group what the positives were about social isolation. What had we noticed? While this may sound like a bizarre question, it was a very good one. My positives … [Continue reading] What’s Good Right Now?
Simon Sinek, in his book Leaders Eat Last, writes about how people are social beings. In those pages he explains how we feel stress when we feel that we don’t belong. And how that stress manifests in our bodies and impacts our ability to firm bonds and problem solve - among other things. This … [Continue reading] Social distancing week …3
Last week I wrote about social vs physical distancing. This week I’m asking you to think about the ways assumptions and pre-judgment are sneaking into your actions and feelings during this pandemic. When we are stressed, or afraid, we tend to default to what we know. The impact of fear I’ve … [Continue reading] COVID-19, physical distancing & assumptions
Yesterday, a friend of mine asked a great question: “Why are we calling it social distancing when we are physically distancing ourselves?” Hmmm.... So I looked it up and here is what I found in an article in The Atlantic. The CDC issued guidelines which include social distancing, which is: “a … [Continue reading] COVID-19, Connection, and Community
Spring is in the air in Toronto. Today at least. But there are other signs – last week my daughter and I saw snowdrops – small white flowers – on our way home. And for the past week we have spotted a few Canada Geese Vs. So today I’m taking a bit of a departure from the ordinary, and I’m going to … [Continue reading] Canada Geese, Diversity, and Inclusion
The past 12 months or so have been a whirlwind of insights, new learnings, discoveries, and growth for me in my work. It’s been exciting and scary all wrapped up together as I step more and more into the work I feel I am meant to be doing in the world. Years ago my business coach Lisa Marie … [Continue reading] Connection, not Division
Today as Black History Month is coming to an end once again, I am musing about this practice of months. They are meant to help raise awareness, which is good. They often result in reducing awareness for the rest of the year, which is not good. I’ll remind you in July to look for Black-led and … [Continue reading] Black History Month is over…being Black is not
I haven’t immersed myself in the news about the recent nationwide protests in support of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. There are two main reasons for this, I suppose. I’ve been busy/don’t have time to read all about it and listen to the news. I run a business and I have a child. Those keep me busy … [Continue reading] What the Pipeline Protests can Teach us About Inclusion
I had a powerful conversation yesterday with a colleague – Heather Hansen O’Neill. She was asking me about my thoughts regarding bias, assumptions, fear and how they get in the way. During that conversation she asked me a question that I had to think about. Not because I didn’t have an answer. … [Continue reading] A World without Assumptions and Fear…