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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Speak Up, Be The Light

‪I am utterly dumbfounded by the prejudice and hate on display from some people this weekend. But I’m encouraged by the open arms and messages of love from so many more. As we talk about and debate this in our homes and communities; churches, mosques, and temples; work places and public spaces, this comes down to how we should treat people. Do we say nothing and allow a person be discriminated against based on their appearance, gender, or faith? No. We speak up, we tell the world this sort of behaviour is unacceptable, and together we are the light that…

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Scotch Advent 2016

It’s Scotch Advent time again! Oh my am I excited and this year Dana is joining me in some or all of the tastings (turns out she’s discovered a taste for scotch, especially the peaty ones). Back to the box (mine is #606 for those who are curious), this year’s edition comes with a NEAT glass which really lets you nose around. Over the next 25 days, I’m headed on a whisky tour courtesy of Secret Spirits‘ 3rd edition of their scotch advent calendar. Jonathan Bray’s whisky tasting notes are over at Single Malting and, as you read mine, be…

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