As the sun set brilliantly over Vancouver on Thursday night, I was at Science World with hundreds of other HR enthusiasts and professionals at Disrupt HR YVR. The event included Pecha Kucha style presentations focused on mindfulness, leadership and the environment. Talent Advisor for the Vancouver Airport Authority, Emma Bradford, made one of my favourite statements: "I know you hate lunchtime yoga - I do too."Read More
You're not living in a locked city. You're just looking for the lock with your name on it - you have the key.Read More
A good friend of mine recently revealed that her new year’s resolution is to listen to complete music albums rather than continuing to repeat the playlists and albums she has on repeat. Each year, she chooses an entertainment-focused resolution. I was inspired by her intention to enjoy something she loves and expand her knowledge and appreciation of music this way.Read More
None of us have built careers alone; we are all standing (teetering at times) on the shoulders of giants. This was my first year truly focused on providing the services I had intended through Leading Presence. If it wasn't for colleagues and supportive friends I wouldn't n have had the gumption to set the goals I have intended for the new year. I'm grateful every day for the hope that thoughtful people have given me.Read More
Last night I sought shelter from the hideous Vancouver rain with a friend and watched the Capilano University production of Sense and Sensibility …
On the way home, my female friend and I discussed how expectations for women in the workplace have changed; we also discussed how they haven’t changed altogether. She asked if I would have been happier in Austen’s lifetime where roles were defined and accepted.Read More
I had a fascinating experience which resulted from a terrible cold, and completely lost my voice for a week. It was a surprisingly unsettling experience. I wasn’t able to participate in discussions at work, or defend any recent decisions vocally, and I was grateful that I had no immediate needs to shout for help.
As luck would have it, I had chosen the month of October to begin a mindfulness practice of setting a daily intention each morning. The day before I lost my voice, I chose “listen to learn” as my intention. Well universe, you got me! Did I ever listen that week.
This is what I learned, and strive to carry with me:Read More
Recently a group of female colleagues and I had a conversation about our experiences with racism. All Canadian, our group included an Indian woman, a Chinese woman and myself, a Filipino woman. We shared examples of racism and feelings of fear when travelling.Read More
Never underestimate the impact of your presence in the workplace. The way you look up at people, or refuse to share your gaze; your stature and focus as you roam the halls are moments which knit the fabric of another person's overall experience. Look someone in the eyes and say hello. Stop and stand with them, awaiting their response … Share an appropriate bit of information about your life, and see how workplace culture builds.Read More