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Celebrate the Team

Celebration is a building block for great teams. But many of the groups that I coach consistently tell me that they wish they took the opportunity to celebrate more often. High performing teams seem to be on to the next challenge before they’ve even had a chance to come up for air. As leaders, it’s our job to hit the pause button…and crack the champagne! Before you pop the cork, take the time to consider the specifics. Feedback lands best…

Business Building, Coaching Tips, Leadership Insights

The Power of a Pause

I am often reminded of the power of taking a few moments to simply stop and breathe. Recently, I completed a 21-day meditation challenge. Every day for 3 weeks, I woke up, fed the cats, put the coffee on and then sat in silence for 20 minutes. I was amazed at what it did for my patience, my creativity and the level of intention that I brought to my work. It also gave me a keen awareness of when I…

Business Building, Coaching Tips, Inspiration From Nature, Self-Improvement

Journal for Success: your “How To” Guide

Through coaching, I’ve noticed that the most successful individuals are those who are highly intentional about the future they want to create for themselves. We can all do it; sometimes we just need a little help visualizing our path, charting our course, and navigating the journey. Typically, when we meet with new clients, we provide journals and some thought provokers to help encourage the first step in the self-discovery process. In our EDGE3 blogs, I’ve talked about the journaling I…

Business Building, Coaching Tips, Self-Improvement

Book Club: “Deep Work”

We live in a highly distracted world. With social media, email, and text messages constantly demanding our attention, most of us spend 60% of our work week engaged in electronic communication and searching the internet.  The author of “Deep Work,” Cal Newport defines this as Shallow Work; tasks that don’t challenge us intellectually that we can perform even while we are distracted. This work is easy replicated and doesn’t really require us to challenge our full intellectual potential or what…

Business Building, Self-Improvement

Leaders, Embrace your Vulnerability

In walked my newest client, a self-assured executive with an air of confidence that suggested that he was not easily rattled. Clearly this is a no BS, get it done kind of guy. After exchanging a few pleasantries, we got right to the point. “What are some of the challenges that you’re facing right now?” He gave me a stock answer, but I noticed a subtle emotional shift behind the veil of confidence, so I dug a bit deeper. “What’s…

Business Building, Coaching Tips, Leadership Insights

More Alike Than We Are Different

Since I was a kid, I’ve dreamed of visiting Africa. Couple that with my 7-year involvement with the TriAdventure and Nikibasika Learning Development Project, Uganda became a must visit stop on my bucket list. I could hardly wait! One of the first experiences that we had arriving in Uganda was a Team Coaching Session with the KIBO Foundation, a company focused on developing leadership skills and unleashing the capacity of their youth. As an organization that supports many of the…

Business Building, Coaching Tips, Leadership Insights

So many ideas… start with the first!

Recently I went to a marketing conference, “The Art of Marketing” and I left with a plethora of ideas. Growing the business, reaching out, connecting with our network, marketing our services. It ALL seems so overwhelming (exciting?!) at times. My journal’s bursting with a whack of ideas. “Where do I start?” I tweeted of the keynote speakers (our collective favourite of the day!) and he replied, “…with the first one.” Clever response I thought. How do I make a greater…

Business Building, Coaching Tips

Launching into 2017

At this time of year, we can’t help but think that in 2017, things are going to be better. I am going to lose weight, go to the gym, land that dream job, get my finances in order, turn my business around…and the list goes on. We make New Year’s Resolutions with the best of intentions, but perhaps we are approaching it from the wrong angle. The word “resolution” suggests that something needs to be fixed. What would be possible…

Business Building, Coaching Tips

Building Your Team…Naturally

One of my greatest pleasures with running EDGE3 is getting teams out of the boardroom and into nature. It also happens to be one of our greatest challenges. It’s tough for a business to close shop for a day or two, and understandably a leader wants to know the value. “What lasting impact is it going to have on our team?” As I reflect on my most recent team-building event, an immersive experience on a private island in Muskoka, I…

Business Building, Coaching Tips, Leadership Insights

Are You In Your Element?

One phrase came up recently for me, and I’ve really been thinking about it a lot and its connection to nature. Someone said to me, “I’m fighting fires at the office, right now!” Thankfully they weren’t literally faced with blazing piles of paper, computers spontaneously combusting, or exploding equipment, but they were definitely punctuating the level of stress they faced in that situation. Does this seem familiar to you? Maybe you’ve said it in a pressure-filled moment of stress and…

Business Building, Leadership Insights, Self-Improvement