How to build a kinder workplace when its leaders don’t

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Photo by Sandrachile . on Unsplash

It’s the job of leaders to build supportive, empathetic work cultures. But there’s a lot ordinary employees can do, even when their bosses shirk that duty.  This piece was first published in Fast Company 06.19.18
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Lets Try & Become The Most Mindful Country In The World

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Photo by Deniz Altindas on Unsplash

Driving this idea forward remains part of my #2019goals…

This article was first published in The Huffington Post on January 3, 2018.

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Make 2019 Your Most Productive Year Yet

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I was excited to be included in this and to  share my favourite tactic for a better and more productive day.

This was first published in Fast Company  on January 1, 2019 by Lydia Dishman.

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Four Issues To Be Resolved In Canada’s Cannabis Legalization

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Photo by Matthew Brodeur on Unsplash

“For cannabis legalization to succeed the most crucial issue will be for those invested in its outcome to engage in a meaningful conversation about safety.”    This article was first published in Policy Options on July 12, 2018.
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Leadership, Diversity: The Future Of Work Depends On Letting Power Flow

It was a real privilege to co-author this piece with Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, the President of StubHub.  It was first published in the Financial Post on April 20, 2018.

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The Case For The State As Life Coach

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Photo by Patricia Valério on Unsplash

This is one of my favourite articles – and the crux of my upcoming third book – that, “to enable people to emotionally and mentally handle a future defined by uncertainty, fear and change, the state needs to become a life coach.”

It was first published on March 5, 2018 in Policy Options. 

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Eight VCs Explain How (And Why) They Assess Founders’ Emotional Intelligence

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This article was first published in Fast Company on 10.09.17
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CBC Tapestry: How To DIY Your Kids Spirituality

I’m always looking for data based ways to provide my three boys with more tools to (hopefully) both help their mental wellness and their  ability to live mindful lives.

Never an easy task but often especially challenging  since we are doing it without the structure of organized religion – so it was great to have the chance to chat with Ali Hassan about his own experiences on this similar journey.

This piece first ran Sunday July 27, 2017 on CBC Tapestry. Read more…

New Research Project: Better Mental Health, EQ & Personal Management Tools For Entrepreneurs

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I started my first business, a communications consultancy in the UK eleven years ago. It was a super stressful time, my partner had also recently launched a media start up and we had just become parents.  There were cash flow ups and downs, the highs of winning clients and the pressure of scrambling to make up for contracts that weren’t renewed and deals that didn’t close.

Studies show that 30 percent of startups fail due to the emotional state of their founders; 72 percent of entrepreneurs deal with some type of mental illness and, in turn, 49 percent of first-degree relationships (spouses, partners, children and parents) will develop mental health issues themselves from the second-hand stress of the entrepreneur.

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Mindfulness and meditation need to be part of Canada’s mental-health strategy

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This oped was first published in The Globe & Mail on June 29, 2017.

Pro athletes, celebrities, Fortune 100 CEOs and Silicon Valley billionaires have rhapsodized on how meditation and mindfulness are the most effective tools for health, personal performance and well-being since, well, exercise. Like yoga and running before it, mindfulness tools and meditation programs are now big business – with popular apps like Headspace, the Mindfulness App and Buddhify receiving tens of millions of downloads.

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