Breaks and whitespace

Last week was a hell of a first week. I’m charged up, reeling, and boiling over with ideas, reflections, and curiosity. If you could see inside my head, it would look like a fireworks factory on fire. On Friday night, I felt absolutely brain dead; stunned by the pace of the week. Saturday it really sunk in: the sheer amount of work ahead and scope of what we’ve set out to accomplish over the next 30, 90, and 270 days as a company (spoiler: it’s not just about the tools). Sunday delivered a key reinforcement of the idea that breaks…

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Trusting you can let go

This week, I started a 30-day secondment to reimagine work, powered by Google’s G-Suite. Letting go of my current role has been a challenge. It’s been hard here at the beginning to stop myself from checking back on what’s going on in my old role; that’s my curiosity and a bit of my ego inflating my sense of self-importance. I’m four days into our bootcamp and went back to my work phone when I got home from Calgary yesterday, mostly to alleviate the fear of missing something. You know what I missed? A reminder to do my MasterCard expenses before…

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Forward is not a straight line

Forward to me is about understanding where you were, knowing where you are, and looking towards the horizon for where you want to go. Along the way you’ll boldly stride ahead, slow down to search what’s around you, and backtrack so you can take a different path. Overall, you’re moving away from where you are and towards where you want to be. It’s exhilarating, frustrating, liberating, mind-numbing, exasperating, and all the other -ings that come with exploring. When it comes to reimagining work, the place we’re moving away from holds all the current (old) style of thinking and working, the…

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Today and Every Day

Looking out the window in #yyc today and thinking about all the things we can do together. I’ve been fortunate to listen to many Albertans over the past month. It comes down to respect and dignity. Everyone needs help from time to time and deserves to be heard. So be there for each other, today and every day. We’re stronger together.

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Productive Conflict

An environment that promotes productive conflict moves us faster towards a better solution/outcome. When we surround ourselves with “yes” people or refuse to listen to others, we slow (and even stop) progress. Harvard Business Review recently published an article that talks about this. I’ve been in a number of different environments and I can tell you that no one really “wins” when the boss has all the answers or everyone on the team thinks the same way. You may feel like you’re moving the organization forward if you’re always right or winning every argument about the next step. In reality, your “brilliant”…

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