When we change our story, we change our life

– Posted in: Adaptability, Empathy, General, Mindfulness, Positive Outlook, Self-Awareness, Systems Thinking
Reflection - Choose Well

Powerful stories have been coming through, and coming true, for centuries of inventors, engineers and freedom fighters. Think what a story a plane was at one time, or a space shuttle, or equal rights for minorities.  I think if you can tell the story and feel good about it, that's a great start. ..Read More [...]

Building Mindfulness “Muscle” — a story of a tooth, a lot of stress and a happy ending

– Posted in: Adaptability, Emotional Self-Control, General, Mindfulness, Positive Outlook, Self-Awareness
J Yellowstone

Being peaceful, calm and sitting in mindfulness is easier when you're relaxed. But as chance would have it, I had the opportunity to practice in the complete opposite of that mental state. I had a tooth break -- half a molar fell out when I was flossing - I guess the filling was breaking down.  [...]

Mindfulness Kindness for stressed out engineers & software professionals + 1 stress less exercise

– Posted in: Adaptability, Emotional Intelligence, General, Mindfulness, Positive Outlook, Self-Awareness
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I recently gave a 20 minute talk about mindfulness to a room of senior software professionals.  Most were engineers or software experts. Most were new to mindfulness. But as people who creatively solve problems every day they were curious, and had an appetite to expand their knowledge. I introduced this concept simply: the definition of [...]

Unplanned Retirement: Tips to finding a new balance when life takes a detour

– Posted in: Adaptability, Emotional Intelligence, General, Positive Outlook, Self-Awareness, Social Intelligence
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In retirement, as in much of the major life changes -- starting a career, getting married, becoming a parent -- there is no manual. Planning retirement, even an early retirement, and being ready when the time comes, makes adjusting from one phase of life to another a bit smoother. This happened to Jan, who was [...]

One to Won: Making your personal stories ones of triumph

– Posted in: Achievement Orientation, Adaptability, Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Self-Control, General, Positive Outlook, Self-Awareness
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Taking things personally can often mean a painful story arises when you're hurt, insulted or upset. It's definitely not a good feeling. Yet, we all have a chance to choose what we make things mean. Humans are born storytellers, one of our most distinguishing characteristics in the animal kingdom. When it's just our internal monologue, [...]

“I’ve never done it, but I can do it.” An attitude to build a career — and a life — on.

– Posted in: Achievement Orientation, Adaptability, Coach and Mentor, Emotional Intelligence, Empathy, General, Inspirational Leadership, Leadership Skills, Organizational Awareness, Positive Outlook, Self-Awareness, Teamwork
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A 50th Birthday party is a big milestone, both personally and career wise.   Our good friend had a party in his home, and I caught up with his parents, and how they were doing in their retirement. I heard a story that I hadn't known in the twenty-one years of knowing them. I listened to Brian, [...]

Follow Your Dreams – It’d be Foolish Not To

– Posted in: Achievement Orientation, Adaptability, Emotional Intelligence, Inspirational Leadership, Positive Outlook, Self-Awareness, Teamwork
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Today is April Fool's Day. A day of traditionally pranking others in the name of fun.  Sometimes it means getting people to believe something that is not true and the fun is seeing them believe it, and then revealing - shockingly-  how untrue that belief was. I think most of us don't want to have [...]

If… you could feed 2 wolves within, which one would you feed?

– Posted in: Achievement Orientation, Adaptability, Emotional Intelligence, Emotional Self-Control, Positive Outlook, Self-Awareness
Reflection - Choose Well

"If" is a poem written by Rudyard Kipling in 1909, 2 years after accepting the Nobel Peace Prize for literature.   Rudyard Kipling wrote the Jungle Book and notably declined honours several times such as being knighted, the Order of Merit, and the British Poet Laureateship. Kipling was called on later in the 1920's by H. [...]

Brain Drain to Brain Gain

– Posted in: Achievement Orientation, Adaptability, Positive Outlook, Systems Thinking

Today, I had the privilege of meeting Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper and hearing him announce the Canada First Research Excellence Fund at the IBM Software Lab in Markham, Ontario. I also met some students from Victoria Park School who are in First Robotics.  They told me they are planning on going to University of [...]