Monkeys and Motivation

I am still working for Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), helping introduce a new software system for managing, sharing, saving and storing information. I work with a team of Business Analysts, Information Management specialists and a host of others to help build the best information management solutions for each of NRCan’s business units. Our goal isContinue reading “Monkeys and Motivation”

Decision factory worker or freelancer?

Yesterday’s Globe and Mail’s Report on Business had an interesting article about decision factories, by Harvey Schacter. “We associate factories with blue-collar work. White-collar workers – today’s knowledge workers – operate out of offices and laboratories. But Roger Martin, a professor and former Dean of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, says theyContinue reading “Decision factory worker or freelancer?”

Facilitation possibilities (or finding the magic)

“The great leaders are like the best conductors – they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.” (Blaine Lee) I was asked to facilitate a meeting for Natural Resources Canada in Ottawa at the end of September. It wasn’t my regular project work, but a request to provide facilitation for theContinue reading “Facilitation possibilities (or finding the magic)”

Give “it” enough energy!

The internet was out again. No worries, I just have to head upstairs, unplug and replug the router. I get upstairs, but realize I’m a bit peckish so I turn into the kitchen. A handful of nuts and a cup of tea later, I’m halfway back down the stairs before I realize I can’t rememberContinue reading “Give “it” enough energy!”

Keep it PLAIN!

There are two official languages you can use while working for the public service in Canada. And there’s one unofficial language. I’m doing some really interesting work with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) right now and I was describing it to my Dad the other day. But I was using that third language and he hadContinue reading “Keep it PLAIN!”

Fiddle lessons from the Masters (Part 1)

About 5 years ago, I decided I wanted to learn to play the fiddle. I was out on the French shore of Nova Scotia  and I bought a hand-built fiddle and an old beat up case. Through a mixture of genius, magic and good luck, I found Sandy MacIntyre, a Toronto based Cape Breton fiddlerContinue reading “Fiddle lessons from the Masters (Part 1)”

The Myth of Multi-tasking

(Spoiler alert: this blog involves serious injury to my foot, bum and pride. You have been warned). My cell phone alarm was ringing, and that meant it was time for my eye drops. I was over at my neighbours, sitting outside enjoying their company, and that annoying sound went off. I pushed myself out ofContinue reading “The Myth of Multi-tasking”