Compassion is at the heart of the best of humanity

Those who show the greatest compassion are among the most powerful and influential, because they’re driving change

Compassion is at the heart of the best of humanityThe Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines compassion as “sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with the desire to alleviate it.” What we rarely consider, however, is that compassion is a tremendous source of strength. The people who have shown the greatest compassion in our world are among the most powerful and influential. The Book of Joy is…

If I don’t want to be the problem, how do I become the solution?

It’s easy to get distracted by money, power and shallow relationships. But at our cores we know what’s right

If I don’t want to be the problem, how do I become the solution?During my rebellious teen years, I listened to an incredible band from Detroit (the Motor City) called MC5. On one of their live albums, recorded in the late 1960s, they made a statement that struck me and has never left me: “Brothers and sisters, the time has come for each and every one of you…

Helping her town be the best it can be

Louise Campbell continues to lend a hand with various organizations, just as she has for decades

Helping her town be the best it can be  Joan Janzen of The Clarion Louise Campbell is not only a long-time resident of Kindersley, but also a long-time volunteer. “I’ve lived in town since 1968; now I’m trying to phase out of volunteering, because of age.” In spite of her efforts to “phase out of volunteering,” I found her at the United Church…

Ignore the advice of HR professionals at your peril

Melanie Peacock of Double M Training & Consulting talks about the value that HR staff bring to the workplace

Ignore the advice of HR professionals at your perilMelanie Peacock is sole proprietor of Double M Training & Consulting and is president of the Mount Royal Faculty Association. Calgary’s Business: How has the role of HR departments changed over the years? Peacock: Most people talk about how HR departments have become less administrative and more strategic. I've certainly witnessed this, as HR professionals…

Polarization is a myth – we just need to break down the barriers

As we interact with those who appear to be different, we realize that much more unites us than separates us

Polarization is a myth – we just need to break down the barriersAmerican actor Alan Alda recently said, “I’m not really listening unless I’m willing to be changed by the other person.” This is a powerful statement and one that could easily be misinterpreted. Alda has created a podcast called Clear + Vivid where he discusses using communication to improve understanding between people. In this context, he’s…

France’s phone hang-up is a conversation starter

Smartphones have undermined everyday social interactions by eroding our ability and desire to talk to one another

France’s phone hang-up is a conversation starterFrench legislators recently passed a law banning children between three and 15 from using smartphones in class. The government of President Emmanuel Macron said the move will help combat an epidemic of screen addiction among France’s children. At first glance, it looks as if the legislation will help to curb screen addiction. Even if it…

‘Action doesn’t magically happen. You have to plan for it’

Derek Blair of Insights Matter talks about how quality research can result in real operational change in businesses

‘Action doesn’t magically happen. You have to plan for it’Derek Blair is president of Insights Matter. Calgary’s Business: What is Insights Matter? Blair: We are a consumer research and market insights company. We help companies and organizations that are looking to solve marketing-related challenges and questions like: “What do our consumers and clients want?” or “Why do they buy and how do they make…

Mastering the body language of collaborative leaders

People look for two sets of cues in leaders: one signals warmth and caring, the other power and status. Both are necessary

Mastering the body language of collaborative leadersDuring a break in a seminar I was conducting on collaborative leadership, a man from the audience told this story: “My wife is an attorney and I’ve always been a supporter of women in the workplace. I also believe in collaboration and try to make everyone feel included and appreciated. So I was totally taken…

Ways to curb your loneliness as a leader

Create a team that can drive success, have a support network and keep trusted advisers close at hand

Ways to curb your loneliness as a leaderRecently I wrote about why leaders are lonely. “Great article!” people told me. “I get it, but what do I do if I’m a leader who’s challenged by those exact reasons?” To refresh your memory, here are the four reasons that business leaders are lonely: The buck stops here. As leaders, we make tough decisions…

How to put your inner workaholic to rest

Today is National Workaholics Day. But by working smarter, you could work less – and have more time for family, friends and fun

How to put your inner workaholic to restIt's National Workaholics Day. Does this seem like something we should really be celebrating? According to Forbes, the average Frenchman works 18 hours a week; the average Italian about 16.5 and the British work 21.5. But in North America, our idea of full employment is a standard 40-hour week. And in some locales, that number…

Why business leaders are lonely

The truth is that when when you’re the leader and owner of a company, you often feel you have no one to talk to

Why business leaders are lonely“Let’s go for coffee today,” he said. “I just need to get out of the office and talk to you where no one is going to overhear us!” Our conversation over coffee was deep and as we walked back, he told me that one of the reasons he retains me as his business coach is…

Kindness should be at the heart of all relationships

Yes, it’s important to teach the core subjects. But the most important thing to teach is kindness

Kindness should be at the heart of all relationshipsFeminist writer Emma Goldman said, “No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.” No more challenging words have ever been written for educators. The relationships that educators have with students is…

Are you an argumentative communicator?

How to make your point without alienating, angering or humiliating your audience

Are you an argumentative communicator?It’s that time of year when a lot of us take holidays with family and friends. As much as we enjoy getting together, conversations can be a bit prickly and leave loved ones feeling less supported than we might want. So we need some strategies for reducing potential misunderstandings when confronted with the argumentative communicator.…

Keeping a father and son tradition afloat

Putting the Frankie back in the water signals the coming of summer adventures. But first we must perform the ritual launch dance

Keeping a father and son tradition afloatThe day we put the Frankie back in the water and moor her at the community marina is a day of ritual celebration at our house. The day symbolizes a return to some of our family’s favourite activities – cruising in the local waters of the Salish Sea, fishing for wild salmon, and swimming in…

Mental illness can exacerbate marital problems

Although separation and divorce are always painful, it may be the best option for some couples and their families

Mental illness can exacerbate marital problemsIn the unstable world of mental illness, it is not surprising that existing marital problems can complicate things further, or that new marital tensions can be created. Many of my patients who come to me with anxiety or depression also have significant problems in their marriages. Whether they recognize it or not, these difficulties are…
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