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)”

Rooftops and Satellites

What happens when you mix Colin James, Roger Von Oech, Stephen Voltz and Fritz Grobe? (aka a musician, a creativity specialist, and two video specialists?) Well, you get me! At least, you get what my mind has envisioned by trying to recognize patterns and find meaning in what each of these individuals has to share.Continue reading “Rooftops and Satellites”

Don’t sweat the small stuff!

I am (once again) reading Richard Carlson’s “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s all small stuff”. I know that there are volumes of spirituality tools, books and websites  designed to help change your life and achieve all possibilities, but I’ve never come across anything as simple and direct as Carlson’s work. His words always hitContinue reading “Don’t sweat the small stuff!”

Stop, look and listen

Noon o’clock, time for a run. On go the tights, jacket, my winter IceBug running shoes, iPod and out I go. 6 degrees with a breeze on my face that feels almost like spring. I’m listening to Sprag Session ( playing in my ears, and I’m pumping up the Escarpment hill with my most wonderfulContinue reading “Stop, look and listen”