About a year ago at this time, I met with some old friends for dimsum. It was a very lovely and relaxed catch-up session. And at some point, my friend Mitch said one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard in my life. He smiled and said, “Ger, let’s do the Sun Run.” Our table of friends laughed, but for some blessed reason, I said sure!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
I was fortunate to attend the final Pecha Kucha Vancouver event of the year at the Vancouver Playhouse. Fascinated by this Japanese style of presentation and the evening’s focus on food and drink in Vancouver, I was pleased to watch local business leaders sweat through their presentations. We were clearly witnessing personal challenges being conquered on stage.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
Let today serve as a reminder that all people are managing some measure of trauma. You may never know what that means in its simplest form, but that doesn’t change the fact that recovery is taking place. Workplace bullying, the defeat that comes from unfair hiring practices, and physical workplace injuries are only a few examples of the stresses people carry with them when they say, “good morning.”Read More