Category Archives: Personal Relationships

Reflections of Gratitude

Ever stopped to notice the amazing things that happen, and to really appreciate them? Examples: I arrived at the manicured and decorated farmyard about an hour prior to the wedding ceremony. As a Marriage Commissioner in Alberta, I like to be early and to help with any last minute details. The bride’s parents were fretting.Continue Reading

Reframe Your Thoughts? Here’s How and Why

Ever had it happen in a conversation where you ask a totally benign question and your get a barrage of less-than-pleasing-or-positive words and feelings? And have you found yourself pondering, “What could I do differently so I get different results?” This video gives you a tool to reframe your thoughts, which leads to different words,Continue Reading

Justin Trudeau On Working Together

With my good friend, Jeff Senger, and a few other co-op representatives, I had an amazing opportunity to attend a meeting in Edmonton with about 30 members of the Federal Liberal Caucus. They wanted to know what’s shakin’ in the co-op sector in Alberta.  And they wanted to know about our concerns regarding the regulatoryContinue Reading

How To Be More Productive: It’s About People, Isn’t It?

My son, Jamie, once said, “Work is highly overrated.” Although his comment was in jest, there is some truth to those wise words for many people. Sure, most of us are required to work in order to keep wieners and beans on the table. Let’s face the facts: most of us invest a large percentageContinue Reading

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late: The Priceless Time With Parents

Charles F. Kettering said, “We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there.” I don’t know about you, but I don’t agree with that statement. Yes we can be concerned about the future, but it is far more important to really live this oneContinue Reading

Conflict In Your Relationship Can Be Healthy

Conflict can be healthy in a relationship – it can lead to greater creativity, innovation, and fulfillment. Knowing how to handle it respectfully is the tricky part. Check out this video We’d love to her how you effectively and respectfully deal with conflict.Continue Reading

Who Do You Love Most – Your Dog Or …?

That may seem like a stupid question.  But it is one worth considering, isn’t it? If you don’t have a dog, but have a cat or horse or pet tarantula, the same applies.  If you don’t have a pet, I invite you to play along with me anyway. Maybe the pet you can’t live withoutContinue Reading

Celebration Time For You, Isn’t It?

“We’re curious to know how you have celebrated the great work you’re doing?” This is a typical question we ask when we are working with coaching clients (individuals or couples). The typical response is, ”What do you mean by celebrate?” I don’t know about you, but for us, it can be too easy to get caught upContinue Reading

Why Can’t He/She Understand Me? – 10 Simple Steps

In our coaching practice, we’d be wealthy if we received one dollar for every time we’ve heard the question in the title. Additionally, I may be nearing Warren Buffett’s status if I received a dollar every time I thought it. The biggest problem with this question is that it puts the blame on the otherContinue Reading

3 Timely Tips For, “We Need To Talk”

“Dan, we need to talk.” It’s not the most joyous thing to hear, is it?   In fact, it sucks.  When I hear those words, my heart falls into my boots.  And I’m thinking:  “What’s wrong? What did I do?” So I respond, “Talk?  Now?  Can we do it later, like next month, or next year? Continue Reading