Coping with Covid

Like everyone else, I’ve been coping with Covid. As a keynote speaker of large conferences and events, to say that my calendar has freed up, would be a slight understatement. On March 12, 2020 (BC- before Covid) I received a standing ovation in Fredericton, New Brunswick after my presentation- it was glorious and, upon reflection,…

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Women in Leadership

Why Mitigating Gender Bias in the Workplace is Important to All of Us Hungry for learning more about the biases you may have without even realizing it? Here’s some food for thought (pun absolutely intended). A quick google image search of the word “professor” reveals that over 90% of professors are Caucasian men. Now although…

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Work-Life Balance and Boundaries

It’s summer and being from Saskatchewan we love us some Roughrider football. It’s exciting to be a Rider fan, you get caught up in all the fan-fare, the cheering, the beering, the buzz, Rider Pride and Gainer the Gopher. Yes, Gainer the Gopher, an energetic and enthusiastic rodent who is truly one of a kind.…

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How Hierarchy Differs Across the World

Remember when you were a young child and your parent introduced you to a neighbour?  They would introduce the neighbour as Mr. or Mrs.  and from that point on you referred to that person as Mr. or Mrs. This simple example is hierarchy.  Hierarchy, as defined in the dictionary, is a system or organization in…

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Likeability is key to Persuasion

According to Dr. Richard Wiseman’s book, 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot” when it comes to persuasion, likeability is key. There’s a phenomena called the “spontaneous trait transference” (hmm, sounds like an episode of the Big Bang Theory) Essentially, when you pass along positive comments about a colleague, the listener subconsciously applies those…

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How Important is ‘Small Talk’ in Global Business

Why do we engage in ‘small talk’ in global business? I have an app on my iphone that tells me the temperature anywhere I wish to go yet, when I meet someone for the first time, it’s often one of the first things we talk about, particularly in Calgary where the weather can change on…

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Why Understanding Cultural Differences is Important for Women in Business

  As a woman in business, you may need to be prepared for culture-specific expectations and practices in business situations. Understanding cross-cultural differences and having an understanding of cross-cultural communication will definitely further your career goals.  You may realize that building close business relationships with people from other cultures might often be more difficult for…

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