Body Language in the Workplace: Are You Sending the Right Message?

If you’ve ever been on an overcrowded bus, you know what it feels like when strangers are unintentionally invading your personal space. Like most people, the last thing you want to do is make conversation. But rather than verbally express to your fellow passengers that you’re not in the mood to chat, you manage to deliver this message by simply

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How Creative Problem Solving Helped Me Write and Deliver a Keynote Speech in Less Than 48 Hours

As featured on http://www.creativeeducationfoundation.org It was Tuesday afternoon when I received an email marked « Urgent » from a colleague. A valued client was in a bind; they had an event on Friday, and their keynote speaker had just cancelled due to a family emergency. Would I be willing to step in and give an inspirational talk on design thinking or creativity? If

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5 Tips for Leading Successful change – A Collaborative Lean Transformation Approach

Planning Planning is a critical element to any change / continuous improvement initiative. Unfortunately it is an area where most of us fail! I discovered this early during my own Lean journey. Based on my understanding of Lean at the time, I introduced a number of improvements over a 12 month period of time that appeared rather impressive. Reality set

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How increasing your positivity will allow you to come back stronger when life knocks you down

  Workplace stress costs the economy billions of dollars every year.  As a result, we see greater emphasis on creating healthy workplaces, enhancing well-being and resilience. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity or deal with setbacks.  Everyone needs resilience: it is a key to success at work and to satisfaction in life. Let’s face it, life is

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The Human-Nature Connection: Bringing Benefits from the Forest to the Workplace

James stood on the trail, closed his eyes and took a deep breath. The knot under his shoulder blade seemed to grab the breath and put the brakes on. He exhaled, and noticed the tightness in his jaw. His thoughts kept churning. Project reports due. Evaluations to review. Worries about his mother’s health. Then he tuned in again to the

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