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And The Conversation Has Only Just Begun (Taming Overwhelm)!

March 28, 2012

UPDATE (DEC 2013):  if the topic of managing overwhelm is of interest to you – I just launched a new book called, Ease – Manage Overwhelm in Times of Crazy Busy. You can get it at most online book retailers. Read here for more!


Would you like more tips/strategies on how to tame your overwhelm gremlin? How to get a grip on the stuff that has a grip on you? Read on!

That was a wonderful experience!  So many turned out for yesterday’s Webinar on Taming the Overwhelm Gremlin. Thank you CICA for hosting this. If you missed it – you can still log in and register to listen/view the presentation.  It was a jam-packed hour and I received a lot of great feedback and a lot of terrific questions at the end. But I wish we had more time – there’s so much more! This is a big topic and yes, more than what I could  pack into one hour.  Would you like more too? If so, please read on:

Given the interest and all the ‘stuff’ that couldn’t possibly fit into one session, I’d like to share more so that you can make ‘taming your overwhelm gremlin’ a reality. If you are game and want more:

Send me an email, or …

-Hit the ‘subscribe to my newsletter’ link (look to the right column for this)

…and include a note that you’d like ‘more on taming overwhelm’. I’ll include you in my ‘not-so-monthly’ newsletters AND I am creating a special series on ‘overwhelm’ and you will be on a special list and the first to get news, tips, and other stuff on this topic.

What are you waiting for? Get on board!

In the meantime, I will be posting some resources you can tap into right away that dive deeper into some of the ideas I spoke of yesterday. Stay tuned — back  real soon!


Tame Your Overwhelm Gremlin (Webinar): Over 3,500 People Signed up to Join Me

March 26, 2012

UPDATE (DEC 2013):  if the topic of managing overwhelm is of interest to you – I just launched a new book called, Ease – Manage Overwhelm in Times of Crazy Busy. You can get it at most online book retailers. Read here for more!

Are you? I am. Overwhelmed – that is. I’m overwhelmed by how many people have registered for tomorrow’s CICA Webinar! More than 3,500 signed up for the (free) Webinar that I’m presenting tomorrow at 12:30 ET: Bogged Down and Overwhelmed – Tips and Strategies to Help You Cope.

It’s not to late to register and the good news is if you can’t make the exact time to attend ‘live’ (12:30 ET), you can register and get the recorded version afterwards by logging back in with the same link.

Learn tips to “get a grip on the grip” that overwhelm has on you. From organizing yourself better to saving those precious brain resources to mindmatters and positive habits that will keep your mojo alive and well even during the most stressful times…lotsa stuff!

Hope to “see” you there!

To Your Personal, Professional and Organizational Wellbeing – and a TGIM work-life!


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Online Discussion — “Are You Overwhelmed at Work” (Globe and Mail)

March 23, 2012

Further to may earlier post about an upcoming Webinar on handling overwhelm next Tuesday, the Globe and Mail is also getting on board with this hot topic. Today, at noon (ET), I’ll be answering questions and offering tips on how to deal with the stress of ‘too much to do’ in work and life.

I hope you will join me today at the Globe and Mail Careers online. Just follow this link here.

This Discussion is a follow-up to an article I wrote for Globecareers called “Take a Step Back to Tame Those Overwhelm Gremlins”.

And don’t forget next Tuesday’s Webinar (if can’t make the time, sign up anyways and access the recording anytime after).

Hope to see you there!

To a TGIM Work + Life!


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12 Questions to Complete Your Year and Start Anew

December 10, 2011

It’s an annual tradition of mine – to celebrate, reflect and capture the meaningful bits of the past year and to reflect and focus on the year ahead. And while I know how crazy busy December (aka the ‘season of rush’) can be as the race to the year’s finish line always ramps up the pressure, I encourage you to make some time for a year-end/new year reflection. Questions are useful to guide this reflection and each year, I offer 12 questions to consider.

Scroll down for this year’s 12 Questions (some are brand new and some you may have seen from past year’s list).

Note: for boomers approaching or in the UNretiredLife stage (past main career) I have posted the same questions at my UNretiredLife blog but with some comments specific to this lifestage


1) What went well?

2) In what ways did you grow and evolve in the ‘evolution of you’?

3) What were some key lessons for you personally in 2011?

4) What do you need to clean-out or let go of right now to be ready to start fresh in 2012?

5) What personal accomplishments are you most proud of from the past year?

6) If there was a theme for 2011 for you personally, what would it be? i.e. “This was the year of ____.”


7) What do you want for yourself in the year ahead and in what ways can you take responsibility for making that happen?

8 ) What strengths (name at least 3) will you deliberately use more of in the year ahead to realize your goals?

9) In what ways will you take care of yourself to maintain your “Mojo” – resilience, energy, inspiration and sense of wellbeing?

10) What are your learning goals this year? If you had a ‘learning agenda’ what might be on that list?

11) In what ways will you contribute something to the ‘greater good’  of _____ (choose a community or communities of choice)?

12) If the year ahead is to have a personal theme for you, what would that be? i.e. “This will be the year of ____”

To a season of joy and celebration – may you complete the year in good health and spirits. And may you look forward to a shiny new year with fresh eyes, energy and empowerment to create the year you want!




Are You An Empathetic Manager?

September 1, 2011

The Globe and Mail just launched a new career section on their online site and invited me to be one of their regulars for ‘Ask an Expert’ (career coach).

Here’s my first article about how to manage people more effectively.  

If you have a question you’d like to send to Globe Careers, email it to:

Canada Ranks 2nd as Happiest Nation – TGIM!!

April 25, 2011

Well, here’s some wonderful news for Canadians. Gallup’s Global Wellbeing  survey just ranked Canada the second happiest nation in the world.  Good news ‘eh’!?

Denmark ranked first with Canada and Sweden tied for second.  Only 19 nations of 124 made it into the ‘thriving’ category. The others lagged in the ‘struggling’ or ‘suffering’ categories.

What do you think? Are you getting some of that ‘thriving’? I know some days it may not feel that way but to me, I say: “Canada Rocks!”  

Here’s another article on Canada ranking #1

To a TGIM work+life in Canada!


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The Home Stretch: Year-End Reflections

December 19, 2010

I love this time of the year. Albeit it’s busy like crazy but we’re almost there. Some of you have already started your holiday break. Well, the last two weeks of the year are always a special time for me and for many reasons. For one, it’s an opportunity to pause, park and reflect on the year past and the year ahead.

And in my annual tradition, I will be taking time to do my annual “End of Year – Start Anew” reflection. I usually create a list of thought-starter questions to prompt/guide my reflection.  I’ve shared these questions in past years and am doing so again this year. In fact, they are in my ‘seasonal newsletter’

If you want a peek, have a look. Better yet, sign up for my newsletter so you won’t miss a beat.  You can hit the ‘subscribe to newsletter’ button on this blog (see right panel); send me an email that says “subscribe me to newsletter“, or click on the “join mailing list“.

Either way – would love to welcome you. In the meantime, wishing you and your loved ones a happy, healthy, holiday season!

Warm regards,


The Gratitude Book Project – It’s Here!

December 15, 2010

This is a real quick post because I’m on the fly today but I  just have to get this news out! A short while ago, I received an invitation to be a co-author of an exciting new book project called “The Gratitude Book Project”. 

 It’s a compilation of short anecdotes from contributors who were invited to answer the question: “What are you Grateful for?”

It was easy and yet hard for me to answer that question. Easy because I have a gazillion things that I feel grateful for on any given day – Yet hard too  because how do you choose only one?!  Well, I said yes and you can read it in the book along with 364 more anecdotes.

And today is the day — it just hit the shelves and you can get a copy at Amazon. Check it out .

I’ll tell you more about why I got involved in the project in a later post – but for now, just had to get the news out. Check it out – reading the stories will inspire you and demonstrate how living ‘gratefully’ can make an enormous difference — to your health, happiness, optimism, resilience and overall MOJO! Great for gifts, or for your own daily inspiration. And all proceeds from national booksellers will be going to charitable organizations.

More later. In the meantime, here’s to a grateful, TGIM worklife!


Nothing says ‘thanks’ like….

June 17, 2010

Ever been in that crazy work mode and feel like it’s all for naught….a thankless work culture? Well not me! Sorry to gloat but I just received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from a client for a project I’ve been working on with them. It was mid afternoon and just as I was feeling the wear and tear of a busy week (and craving a snack), I get a delivery of  a beautiful bouquet of flowers…even better, chocolate-covered fruit that look like flowers! Doesn’t get  better than that!! Yummo!

click on picture to see this up close….easy on the drooling…!!

Honestly though…chocolate aside. Nothing is better in my books than knowing you are making a difference and you are appreciated.  All too often, we all get so caught up in the frenzy of our work and life that we forget to say ‘thank you’.

Thank you’s of all kinds (from flowers to a simple verbal ‘thank you’..or an email’) can make such a powerful difference. Especially when you are working hard as it seems everyone is these days.

I feel blessed that my hard work (and contribution) is appreciated and that I am making a difference. This, I must confess, is my second ‘thank you’ bouquet in a month. I received a bouquet of fresh flowers from another organization with whom I’ve volunteered some of my time and professional ‘stuff’ this year. I worked hard for them too….but it was worth it because they appreciate it (and it’s a good cause).

This ‘business’ of thank-you is serious stuff. In fact, I was just chatting about this with a coaching client of mine who was reflecting on how important it is to show appreciation for her team.  And studies (and experience!) have proven that the act of showing appreciation has a positive impact on both the giver and the receiver.

There’s loads more ways — formal and informal — to show appreciation. If interested in a few ideas of how to create more of this appreciation in your work-life, check out my article,  “Bringing Thanks to Thankless Work Culture” which was published in the Globe and Mail.

And for all of you who stop by, read my stuff and who are part of my TGIM work-life, THANK YOU!!

To a TGIM worklife filled with gratitude and appreciation.

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Never Going to Retire?

May 15, 2010

Are you uncomfortable with the “R” Word?

Mention the word retirement and a lot of boomers defiantly say: “Not me – I’m never going to retire!”

Well, not an unfamiliar reaction. In fact, 31% of boomers in an RBC poll – said the same thing.  Another 51% said there was no appropriate age to retire – it’s up to you!

I couldn’t agree more!  That is one of the reasons I launched UNretiredLife!  Because many of us boomers will delay the ‘hard-stop’ retirement and instead either continue to work in the same career, recareer, and/or start to test-out and ease into a different kind of work-life balance.

We boomers are known to ‘live to work’.  Despite the complaints along the way, work give us a lot more than just a paycheck: we get intellectual stimulation, the satisfaction of contributing, a place to test our mettle, develop skills and grow ourselves.  Along the way we self actualize, connect with people to ‘play with’ — and a whole bunch more. And yes, that paycheck is critical. Many of us will continue work for financial reasons.

But does that mean you don’t have to plan for your life and work? Heck no!!!

The biggest mistake people can make is to float along and delay the reflection and planning that is critical to ensuring your next stage of life — whether you work or don’t — is working for you!  We all know how important the financial planning piece is. Well the life & work planning is equally critical — and will make your financial planning that much more meaningful.

What will you do when you grow up (do we ever grow up?)? What are the career possibilities for you in the next stage of life? Will you shift career gears or continue in the same lane? Full time/part-time/contract – solopreneur anyone?

Those are just a few of the career question but there’s more: And what about the balance side of things? Will you delay that till you eventually do the ‘full stop retirement’ — or might that be an area to tackle first while you are working?

So whether you call the next stage of life ‘retirement’ or “Unretirement” — you still gotta plan! Financially of course. And for life.

WORKSHOP: That’s what my Retirement 2.0 program  is all about It’s the next version of ’so-called-retirement’ and isn’t just for people planning ‘hard-stop’ cessation of work. It’s for boomers who want to make the most of the next stage of life (work optional!) — but perhaps haven’t yet had the chance to think it through. We’ll bring guidance, reflection prompters and challenges to your assumptions.  And it will be fun! At least that’s the intention:) 

SO….Care to join me and some Big Cheese Boomers starting June 24th?

Would love to see you. It’s all part of the TGIM worklife….just getting ready for ‘what’s next’.

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