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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A Tale of Two Facilities

In early July, the gym at our downtown office flooded and continues to leak. We thought it would only be a one- or two-week closure but the facility will be closed until August 22 so I went in search of a 30-day option. I narrowed down my list to World Health Jasper Avenue and Don Wheaton YMCA since they’re about the same distance from my building (I considered the Hotel Mac until I got quoted $120 for the month). I started with World Health Jasper Ave. I called ahead, told them my gym was out of commission for a month,…

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We’re all in this together

Given all the rhetoric being hurled around and sniping aimed at one group or another, we need to pause and remember that we’re all in this together. That our similarities make us stronger. That our differences don’t separate us as much as we’re incited to believe. I say this broadly in response to what’s going on in the world – there’s no shortage of stories of religious intolerance, xenophobia, and downright meanness – but I want to focus on Alberta. Our economy is in rough shape, our government is trying to balance spending priorities with people’s needs, and Albertans are…

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