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Excelling in Science and Technology Careers – 3 uncommon tips

– Posted in: Cognitive Intelligence, General, Pattern Recognition, Systems Thinking
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March is National Engineering Month in Canada.  It's celebrated with many events across the country involving volunteers in the profession and students who are encouraged to get involved, learn and be inspired. I'll be volunteering with students at The Durham Popsicle Bridge Building Competition, and also going into the classroom to talk to high school [...]

Unlock Secrets of Learning Math & Science (powerful mental tools I learned after I studied engineering)

– Posted in: General
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You would think that mental tools that help you learn better, especially abstract concepts related to math, science, and engineering, would be critical to know during those heavy homework years from Grade 9 to Grade 12 and then through post-secondary education. Now I see that I spent more time than I needed to on courses [...]

Creative thinking technique to list 10 things project managers can learn from Santa Claus

– Posted in: Cognitive Intelligence, General
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Creativity can often mean not thinking too much or finding a novel way to approach an objective. I was thinking about writing a post about 10 ways Santa Claus is a great Project Manager considering the scope (all children), timeline (1 night) and cost ($0) are some pretty tough constraints for any project manager to [...]

The “Dark Arts” Habit You May Be Practicing & 5 Transformation Tips

– Posted in: Emotional Self-Control, General, Positive Outlook, Self-Awareness
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The Dark Arts are defined by Professor Severus Snape, from the Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling as: "The Dark Arts are many, varied, ever-changing, and eternal. Fighting them is like fighting a many-headed monster, which, each time a neck is severed, sprouts a head even fiercer and cleverer than before. You are fighting [...]

When authority says no – what will you do?

– Posted in: General
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Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, was an astronomer who explained that the chemical composition of the sun was largely helium and hydrogen. Not metals. This was a breakthrough idea in her time. Was she praised for making such an important discovery? Have you heard of her before? Her 1925 PhD thesis flew in the face of the experts [...]

Inspiration in the morning

– Posted in: General, Positive Outlook
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I recently had a day that was so inspirational. I felt like I floated through that day, buoyed up by an inner calm that felt unshakable, and a confidence that was so sweetly unexpected.  Resistance fell away as I met challenges at work and at home.  I had a huge bout of amazing productivity.  I [...]