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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Birth Stories.

Me on my second birthday. My Mom  is 23 here. My Dad is 33.

Me on my second birthday. My Mom is 23 here. My Dad is 33.

Friday May 11th

1:30 am

Dear Kate,

Eleven years ago tonight – I was alone with my eldest son for the first time in the maternity ward of the Royal Free Hospital in London.

I was 29 and it was 8 days till my birthday.

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CBC The Current: Talking Mandatory Paternity Leave

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I love this show- and the national conversations it starts.

I’m also in awe of the host – Anna Maria Tremonti - and so having the chance to speak with her about the incredible impact that mandatory paternity leave would have was both nerve wracking and quite cool.

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How Parents Can Raise Empathetic Leaders In Trump’s America

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This piece was first published in Fast Company on November 18, 2016.

I’ve never been able to sit through a full episode of The Apprentice. President-Elect Donald Trump’s management and communication style flashes me back to my own three-month stint working with a boss like that.

It gives me an instant migraine.

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Ignoring the gap

I found this on my phone I love it but I can't remember where I saw it or who it's by. Ideas?

I found this on my phone I love it but I can’t remember where I saw it or who it’s by. Ideas?

Thursday October 26th
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Kate – I finally managed to do it – get a letter up again!

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Women In The House: The Persons Day Panel

Person’s Day is an example of the ultimate nudge policy change, a small shift with a powerful and positive ripple effect.

It remembers the October 18, 1929 decision that ruled that women were finally considered “persons” under the law in Canada.

And it meant that women could have the right to hold office in House of Commons & the Senate.

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Five Reasons Women Need To Talk More Openly About What They Earn

 

 

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I usually write about issues, ideas or situations that I’m struggling to better navigate or figure out – this piece on getting better at negotiating and talking about money is the perfect example.  I wrote this for Fast Company and ironically, I was not paid for the piece…
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5 Leadership Lessons From Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

I might the only Canadian left who doesn't have a selfie...

I might the only Canadian left who doesn’t have a selfie…

This article was first published in Fast Company on June 29, 2016.

This week, just two months after the much-debated elbowing incident in the Canadian Parliament, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau landed on the cover of a Marvel comic book.

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Mandatory Paternity Leave Is An Investment In Career And Family

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R & 2 of the boys…

This post was first published in The Huffington Post  on June 17th 2016.

Father’s Day is the perfect time to say this: I regret the name of my last book, The MomShift: Women Share Their Stories of Career Success After Kids, because for the past year or so every time I say the title I feel like I am unintentionally further sidelining dads from the conversation and issue of work, parenting and care.

And that’s the exact opposite of what’s needed.

While Canadian dads are more involved with family life than ever before, currently, only one in 10 eligible Canadian fathers claims parental-leave benefits (a number that has held constant since the mid-2000s).

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