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

This article was first published in Fast Company on October 9, 2017.
These are five key questions investors ask to determine whether they’re being pitched by emotionally intelligent founders.
Along with why it matters to them and what it means for entrepreneurs and those supporting and working with them. 
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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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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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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

R & the boys at the local pool

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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5 Steps For Turning “Let’s Get A Coffee” Into A Productive Career Move

This piece was first published in Fast Company on June 3, 2016.

I recently had a “coffee meeting” with a global leader in my field. It had been booked almost three months earlier and had me (happily) taking a car, plane, train, and jitney each way to meet her. We hadn’t explicitly set an agenda or defined the purpose of our chat—but all the effort to make it happen was well worth it.

The truth is that these informal meetings can sometimes prove the most consequential of your career. But it’s easy to be deceived by the casualness of an invitation to grab a coffee and imagine these opportunities are less important than they can be. They aren’t actually job interviews or pitch meetings, but they’re more intentional than chance conversations at networking events.
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Doors still hard to pry open for moms re-entering the work force

“Reva Seth, author of The Mom Shift, agreed that battling the stereotype of the uncommitted mother remains a top priority in helping to pave the way for women to return. “Since I published The Mom Shift, the reality is that in the boardrooms and hallways of Canada’s organizations and companies, the progress on women being able to enter the work force easily after an extended break really hasn’t changed much at all,” Ms. Seth acknowledged.

However, she remains optimistic that change will happen once men, specifically senior-level baby boomers, continue to seek better work-life balance. “Ironically, these guys are most likely to be the change agents that will benefit returning working moms,” she said.”

This piece by Leah Eichler was published in The Globe & Mail on June 3, 2016.

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Here’s What Companies Lose By Skimping On Mental Wellness Programs

Bryce Canyon at sunrise. This was good my mental health.

Bryce Canyon at sunrise. This was good my mental health.

This article was first published in Fast Company on May 4th, 2016.

By one recent measure, companies are now pouring over $70 billion a year into corporate training in the U.S., an investment that’s been growing at record rates in years following the recovery from the last financial crisis.

But there’s one area that most of those resources will barely touch: mental wellness. That’s despite growing evidence of a serious need for employers to step up and take better care of their employees’ mental health.

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