Employee Engagement

Hand-hooked rug with journal, pen and latte

Holding Space for Self & Others – Three Essential Elements

What does it mean to hold space? How do we hold space for ourselves? As leaders how can we hold space for our team members so that they feel heard? Holding space for others Many of us are good at holding space for others. As a homeopath I loved spending my days holding space for…

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Client team building results, hand-hooked wallhanging, individual hooked pieces mounted on wooden blocks and a framed vision statement and description of the process

Two Years Later

Some days my business feels like a dream job. Things are flowing, I’m in my creative zone and my clients are happy. Today was one of those days. I received an email from a former client. She wanted to tell me how much our project from two years ago meant to her and her team….

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White mug with a heart and sole design on a wooden deck table. Stash t-bag on the handle of the mug. Blue pen to the side.

Self care for uncertain times – my top 4 tips

Last week for the first time in five years I didn’t get my newsletter out on time. There was too much going on (all good) and I made the decision to follow my own advice and choose self compassion. Do you remember when I wrote about how things might fall apart when restrictions ease and…

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Red leather cowboy boots

What Red Cowboy Boots Taught Me About …

In this earlier post Red Cowboy Boots & other strategies for success I revealed my practice of wearing my red cowboy boots in my home office while doing virtual speaking engagements and workshops. These boots are my symbol for “I’m rocking it!”. They make me feel empowered in a situation where I may need extra…

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Corporate group working on vision wall hanging from team building workshop

Let's get out in front of this

– and be the company that has a thriving and productive workforce. What do you anticipate will be your biggest challenge in getting people back to the office post-pandemic? As discussed in this previous post, people who have been through a period of prolonged stress often fall ill after the pressure is off. As we…

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Author and facilitator Meryl Cook reads from her book, with two photos next to her of participants in her hands-on workshop

You want me to do what?

Challenges in transitioning post-pandemic As a business owner or corporate leader, what is going to be your biggest challenge in getting people back to the office post-pandemic? I heard today about an international corporation who sent out notices saying everyone would be back in the office by September 8. Period. No discussion. How do you…

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Client team building results, hand-hooked wallhanging, individual hooked pieces mounted on wooden blocks and a framed vision statement and description of the process

Reopening – Business as usual or something else?

In many parts of the world communities are gradually reopening as we emerge from the Covid pandemic. In reopening there is an easing of restrictions. Some people are going to restaurants, seeing friends and family they haven’t seen for some time. Maybe they are returning back to work at an office. There are mixed reactions…

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Three pieces of fabric that have been wetfelted. Two are green/blues and the third is the Chakra colours in a circle, starting with red, then orange, yellow, green, blue and violet

Permission to …

We all need permission. Permission to have fun. To feel all of our feelings and then to take a recess. Whether it is the ongoing pandemic or just the responsibilities of life weighing us down, we all need to have some fun. The permission comes from within. We can give ourselves permission. Do you remember…

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3 tips for Heart Lightening

In my recent work with corporate clients and their teams, and in my own personal experience, my observation is our hearts are heavy. Regardless of where we are in the world we are feeling the impact of the ongoing pandemic. We all are needing to feel a little lighter. What can we do when our…

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Smiling woman wearing running gear, a black hoodie and a medal from the New Orleans Rock n Roll half marathon

Inner Warrior Princess

When is the last time you felt you really ‘rocked it’? I’ve discovered that connecting with my ‘Inner Warrior Princess’ can help me to define a feeling I want more of in my life and business. Thanks to Nicolette Eus (hypnotherapist and coach to many a successful entrepreneur) for the writing exercise that guided this…

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Purple seaweed on sand

Take a closer look

In my neighbourhood I’ve been observing an increasing number of people walking along the harbour path with binoculars and cameras with telephoto lenses. They tell me they’ve seen hawks, cardinals and a bald eagle, along with the usual assortment of chickadees, bluejays, sparrows, starlings and merganser ducks. These are our typical winter birds, so why…

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Woman with white hair, red beret, holding a thermal mug of tea, wearing a parka and wool sweater. Winter tea on the deck.

Renew, Regenerate, Recoup

This is the time of the winter when I shovel off my deck, wrap up in my down parka and a cozy blanket to have my morning tea in the sunshine. Turning my face to the sun, to the light helps me to regenerate, to recoup some energy. When I allow myself the ‘luxury’ of…

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