How Responsible Is TOO Responsible?

Responsibility is a spectrum – meaning there’s a line ranging from completely irresponsible all the way to destructive over-responsibility… and all of us are on it somewhere.  We all know that personal responsibility is something we start to learn early in life – brush your teeth, make your bed, represent yourself well, be nice to…

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The Strength In Our Differences

It’s part of our survival instinct as human beings to look for threats and defend ourselves against them.  Once upon a time, the part of our brain responsible for reacting to threats would have been on the alert for a sabre-toothed tiger.  Today, the same part of our brain responsible for our survival instincts still…

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How Are You?

It’s a question we ask each other in greeting, and one that we regularly throw out various programmed responses to.  “Fine, thanks, and how are you?”, we bat in return; “I’m great, thank you, and you?”, we bubble.  But the question is more than a greeting – it’s checking in.  The essence of it is…

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The Generational Gap – Making It Work!

Over the last two weeks, we’ve been talking about the Generational Gap in the workplace and the differences that can put us at odds.  Every one of us comes at life from our own unique perspective constructed from our life experiences, belief systems and upbringing, and this is starkly evident in our current workplaces.  For…

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How Responsible is Too Responsible?

Responsibility is a spectrum – meaning there’s a line ranging from completely irresponsible all the way to destructive over-responsibility… and all of us are on it somewhere.  We all know that personal responsibility is something we start to learn early in life – brush your teeth, make your bed, represent yourself well, be nice to…

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The Courage To Ask Relationship-Building Questions

In the last article, I spoke about Ego (the monkey on our shoulder) and how its quest to protect us prevents us from being able to team up well with other people.  Today, I’d like to talk about overcoming that, and finding the courage to ask relationship-building questions. Relationship-building questions are those that invite the…

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The Vulnerability of Strong Leadership

Mother Teresa said “Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable.  Be honest and transparent anyway.”  Leadership requires some fairly strong stuff from us, regardless of our level or named position.  Whether you lead a family, whether you lead a team, whether you lead a business, whether you lead a country – honesty and transparency are vital.…

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Reinforce your relationships!

I attended an awesome talk this morning given by Andrew and Sarah Shoesmith from Peterhouse on the importance of outdoors experiences on our children’s development.  They spoke about the character traits that these experiences inspire in our children – trustworthiness, fortitude, temperance, respect, grit, empathy and the like.  Traits that are more and more lacking…

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