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Feel overwhelmed? I love to do this (try it yourself)

Feel overwhelmed? I love to do this (try it yourself)

Do you ever feel overwhelmed the moment you wake up? One of my favourite practices for reducing overwhelm and increasing my productivity is to create my to-do list in the evening. Doing this takes only a few minutes and has so many benefits. How planning the night...

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Should I retake my CliftonStrengths assessment?

Should I retake my CliftonStrengths assessment?

Should I retake my CliftonStrengths Assessment? This is a question I often get from people who have taken the assessment (also called StrengthsFinder) in the past. My answer is usually "No!". Reasons not to retake the CliftonStrengths Assessment (also called...

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Worksheet for leveraging your strengths

Worksheet for leveraging your strengths

This downloadable resource includes a worksheet for leveraging your strengths, and includes ideas on developing your strengths through awareness and taking action. Why develop our strengths? Our greatest potential for growth comes from developing our strengths and not...

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Activity for effective team collaboration

Activity for effective team collaboration

Effective team collaboration promotes trust, creativity, innovation, and cooperation (Bulińska-Stangrecka & Bagieńska, 2019). These are important facets to healthy team functioning. In addition, numerous studies have found that team collaboration increases...

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A worksheet on values (authentic & aspirational)

A worksheet on values (authentic & aspirational)

If someone were to ask you what you value, could you tell them? You could probably list a few of your values quite easily, and even describe how these play out in your life. You might even be honest enough to talk about the ones you struggle to live by, despite their...

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Recommend someone on LinkedIn to show thanks

Recommend someone on LinkedIn to show thanks

It's a given to thank someone when they've done good work. I'm sure you do this all the time! It's less common, however, to go that extra step and let the individual's director, manager, colleagues or network know about the great work that has been done. Sure, it...

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10 tips for planning an effective workshop

10 tips for planning an effective workshop

I love helping people and sharing what I know. This post is a way to do both--and will be of interest to individuals who are keen to build their facilitation skills. The "bigger" message is: (1) don't dismiss your experience as insignificant and (2) share what you...

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25 years together

25 years together

Raúl and I celebrated 25 years together in October. Unlike in past years when we barely acknowledged the milestone of another year, we decided to do something special this time. Not because it felt obligatory, but because we both genuinely wanted to recognize this...

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5 ways to go deeper with your CliftonStrengths results

5 ways to go deeper with your CliftonStrengths results

Has this happened to you: You've taken an online assessment to learn more about yourself, read it over, gleaned some insights, and then shelved the report?...Result: you have a vague memory (maybe) of what it was about and that there was useful stuff in there. From my...

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