Entries by Coach Padraig

Can lessons learned in 2020 improve our workplaces?

There were a lot of lessons learned in 2020. Some people discovered something new about themselves. Some found an inner strength and drew on their resilience. Others acknowledged the fragility of health – both physical and mental. Many of us have been shaken by uncertainty – our societal bonds, our economy, our income, our healthcare […]

Goal setting 2021: Where do I start?

Usually at the end of the calendar year, we reflect on our successes and challenges and then set goals for the New Year. After the year we’ve just had, many folks are finding it hard to even consider goal setting for 2021. I don’t know anyone who predicted a global pandemic when goal setting this […]

Connecting Agility and Emotional Intelligence at work

This past year has demonstrated, more than ever, the need for emotional intelligence at work. Being able to successfully handle the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity of COVID-19 has required agility from leaders and team members. But it’s not just the pandemic. We’re working today in a marketplace that is ever-changing because of new technology, […]

When is “good enough,” Good Enough?

I’ve always been a bit of a perfectionist. At times I have struggled to let go of something until it’s perfect, spending far too long labouring over every word and number at the expense of my sleep, my sanity and the emotions of those around me. I beat myself up when I don’t do things […]

Advice for your younger self

How many times in life have you thought, “If I only knew then what I know now?” When you think about your younger self, what do you remember about starting your career? Try, if you can, to remember how you felt. What was exciting? What did you worry about? Think about your first “real” rung […]

How to have difficult conversations remotely with your team

As leaders, we encounter all kinds of situations where we need to have difficult conversations with team members. It’s not easy at the best of times, but it’s even harder to have difficult conversations remotely.  With more people than ever working from home thanks to the worldwide pandemic, many leaders are trying to figure out […]

Returning to work team strategies you need

It felt surreal when the world shut down in March, but it feels equally strange to be reopening and returning to work when there’s still so much uncertainty about the pandemic (particularly for our American readers, with escalating numbers in the US).  Now that outbreak numbers have slowed in Canada (and other countries), Canada’s provinces […]

5 essential reasons for taking time off this summer

Hands up if you’ve felt wistful seeing the calendar reminder for a big holiday that you’ve had to cancel thanks to the global pandemic or if you’re trying to reconcile yourself to a staycation — if you’re even still thinking of taking time off. The way 2020 has unfolded still feels surreal at times.  My […]