Archive for February, 2009

If You Attended The Feb 19th CICA Webinar

February 19, 2009

More than 1200 people logged in today to my CICA Webinar on “Beat the Work Life Blahs”. I was in good company! Thank you everyone who showed up.  If you missed it and/or would like to listen in again, the session was taped and you can listen to it here once they post it. At the moment that link is still the registration page but I’ve been told it will soon transition to the archive page where you can listen in.

I mentioned that I have archives of past CICA articles I’ve written  in “Ask the Coach” (CICA’s Career Vision Newsletter). If interested – you can click here to see them at a glance

As well, here’s a post I wrote after I did another CICA Webinar that you may find helpful. It is simply a list of some of the popular posts/articles that I have on this blog that relate to this topic supporting your quest for a TGIM work-life and tips on how to beat the blahs. You can see those here if you like.

Finally, there were some great questions posed at the end of the Webinar (thanks to the wonderful and inquisitive participants). We didn’t get to answer all of them sent so if you do have questions – please send them over! See Coaches Corner on how to get them to me. I’ll either address them right here in this blog and/or in my CICA “Ask a Coach” column. I would be happy to keep your name anonymous if you wish.

So to all – thank you for your interest and to a TGIM work-life!



Webinar: 900+ registered for my “Beat the Work-life Blahs”

February 13, 2009

Further to my post on February 3rd, I just found out that more than 900 people have registered for my Webinar: Beat the Work-life Blahs, hosted by CICA on February 19th at 12:30 est.

Wow. That’s a lot of people. This year the ‘blahs’ have kicked in with a lot more ‘kick’ wouldn’t you say?

Some words of encouragement: only 5 weeks till spring which usually lightens the spirits a bit. But if you can’t wait (and why should you!?) — then check out the webinar.  I’ll offer a lot more tips/strategies to put some spring in your step well ahead of spring:)

If you can’t make it, I think there may be a recording that I may be able to post afterwards. I will look into that.

In the meantime, to a TGIM work-life and for those of us in Ontario – happy family day (for Monday)!



Are You Ready for the Creative Economy?

February 5, 2009

A report on Ontario’s prosperity has recommended a transition to a significantly more ‘creative economy’. Dr. Richard Florida and Roger Martin’s much-awaited report is saying OUT with the ‘tree-pulping, metal-bashing old economy’ and IN with much more of the analytical/creative/knowledge oriented kind of employment.

Despite the current hardships of the economic crisis — it just may be giving Canada (and certainly other economies in our global world) the shake-up it needs. Does it make sense to spend so much money investing in older, limping, businesses? Would  it make better sense to invest in areas that will meaningfully boost our productivity and competitiveness in the global economy — as such invest in developing skills, employablity and organizations that will have more sustainibility and power our future success?

These issues are being bandied about quite ardently with the release of this report. And it’s not even the first time we’ve heard this. Do you remember the terms “new economy” and “knowledge economy“. The world has been transitioning enormously to those….but the current economic crisis is prompting a harder look at: Are we doing enough? Is our attention appropriately apportioned?

Outdated approach. Florida is right on the money – Do you invest in the weaker parts — or develop the parts that have true capacity to shine and grow?  

“Develop and keep the keepers”. As a coach, that’s my mantra on a more ‘micro’ level (about employees)…..but it’s true for the stuff that drives economies as well. 

SO WHAT ABOUT YOU? On an individual level — what does this mean from a skills, competency and employment perspective?

The creative economy calls for less brawn and more brain….the kind of brain that Dan Pink refers to in his book: “A Whole New Mind“. That is more fluency in social intelligence, emotional intelligence, analytical thinking, creativity and even empathy!

How are you developing yourself in those competencies? And where are you setting your sights for your next career move?  Thinking of going back for some training? Retooling? What are you going to invest your future in?

So many questions but at times like these (with economic challenges; job uncertainty; etc.) — asking questions — the RIGHT questions is critical to your success.

On a personal level (my own take):  I specialize in emotional intelligence coaching. I help organizations and leaders develop their competencies in the realms that Richard Florida, Dan Pink, etc….all recommend for the new creative economy: social intelligence, communications, reflective thinking, empathy….and so much more.

I’m feeling optimistic this morning reading about all this. And I’m ready to make sure I’m truly IN  and helping others to be ready for the Creative Economy.


To a TGIM Worklife in the Creative Economy


In the News: Job Trends….

February 5, 2009

I was profiled in an article on coaching in the Workology/Job Trends section of Metro News.

“Tough times call for drastic measures- or at least a fresh perspective. Which may be exactly why the phenomenon of work/life coaching continues to grow as the world economy shrinks. Different from a counsellor, a coach works with individuals to develop their strengths and realize their potential in the workplace…..”


And additional articles in the “In the News” section.

To a TGIM Work-life!


Do You Have a Happiness Plan?

February 3, 2009

A what?! That’s right: A Happiness Plan….

February is here and for many, that sometimes brings the “February Blahs”. I have to confess, for me and for many others I know, February arrived a bit early. It came in November. The headlines, the economy, the cold….


But I try to walk my talk and being stuck in a rut is no fun. So I dug into my coaching toolbox and pulled out all the strategies I know and developed my own personalized “Happiness Plan”. It’s been working! My ‘mojo’ is alive and well. In my ‘plan’ I’ve intentionally set out to do more of the things that energize and engage me more…and have paid attention and incorporated ways to better navigate the stuff that brings me down. A lot of inner game work (EQ) for sure —  but also a whole lot of verrrry simple strategies easy to incorporate.

Speaking of Happiness….I’ll be doing that in an upcoming Webinar called: “Beat the Work Life Blahs” on Feb 19th at 12:30 EST.  It is sponsored by CICA (Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants).

Read more (and/or register) here!

I’ll be offering tips on how to develop more resilience and optimism in light of the challenges many of us are facing in the current economy.

Come back and visit again as I will share some of the ideas presented right here in this blog.

Till then….here’s to your TGIM work-life!