Look beyond the obvious...Connecting the Dots

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Work is a big part of our lives. It provides us a ready made social network, interesting work, opportunities to grow professionally and personally, structure and form to our days. As the saying goes, “when it’s good, it’s very good and when it’s bad, it’s horrid.”

One cause of of work gone bad is a situation or relationship that has soured in some way thus throwing you into conflict and stress. You worry, mull over conversation and behaviours in your mind, perhaps become short tempered, on guard, forgetful, lose sleep. A difficult situation can take over our life!

Are you dealing with a difficult situation at work?
Are you having trouble seeing how to best handle it?

First step is recognizing you can’t change someone else - as much as you’d like to! You are the one who can make the difference by coming to understand what will and will not make a situation better and developing a game plan. Including if you need to walk away. This process takes you out of your fired up (emotional and /or reptilian brain) and put you back into your good thinking.

My work of 35+ years has afforded me a depth of experience and skills in coaching individuals to shift the dynamic(s) of a difficult situation or relationship. I have had the good fortune of applying my skills in a variety of roles within the Healthcare, Petrochemical, Telecom Education and Financial fields.

If a particular relationship or situation has knocked you off your stride, let’s talk about how I could help. I invite you to Call me for a complimentary consultation.


I have had the privilege and pleasure of experiencing this unexpected insight into my own personal and professional leadership journey with Mary as my coach and mentor. Fostering the right balance in a relationship, she centers the discussion and is able to bring forward meaningful questions that drive to the heart of the subject, yet convey a wisdom that I believe is remarkable. Mary's creative approach pulled my career, home life and creative self into a collaborative journey that was transformational for me. Thank you Mary, you are the best.

Eleanor - former Dean NAIT
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What holds you back?

Mary Johnson - Friday, September 23, 2016

Like many of you I have been on a journey towards understanding life, myself and myself with in this life. In all honesty in taking this course, reading this book, listening to this enlightened individual, I had hoped to find a key. Well there are lots of keys out there. The most important ones are much closer than you realize. They rumble around in your psyche and keep you distracted from your truth. 

In a recent read (oh yes I still do books!!), I came across some very poignant questions that I actually have taken the time to sit with and answer on paper. I dug deep. They highlighted a whole lot of ways I hold myself back. And it's all about my reaction to circumstances and doing a mess of blaming. Yikes!

My particular answers are not important, and probably a tad embarrassing. But the questions** are worth putting out should you wish to consider what is holding you back.

1. Who and what are you blaming for your unhappiness? (in the moment, in your job, in your family, life)

2. What are your habits? (good, bad, indifferent)

3.  What are your fears? (the ones that haunt you in the night, drive you during the day.)

4. What are your burdens? (obligations, circumstances, responsibilities that weigh you down)

5.  What are your expectations of yourself and others? (people and things not lining up the way you think they should is an insidious slow poison.)

Take your time, hang onto these sheets (yes! I had that many sheets!!). Notice where you see additional circumstances show up. It's illuminating my friends!

** From Handbook for Humanity by Dianna Frederick Balboa Press 2014

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