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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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Mary Johnson PCC, Bridgeworks Consulting, Edmonton Alberta

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Packing way too much

Mary Johnson - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Back from a delicious time exploring the Outer Hebrides as well as seeing some of Neil's family in central Scotland. We both had been to Scotland 39 years ago. Not sure why it took so long to go back to the land of Neil's early childhood but there you have it. On that trip so very long ago, we did a day excursion to Iona. It was a cool and very rainy few hours we had on the sacred isle. I have had a hankering to return for a long time. It took a bit to talk Neil into seeing the islands. This is my thing. I am fascinated by the starkness and ruggedness of the landscape. It feeds my soul. And there is no way on God's green earth I could live there.  That said, if you have a yen to see this part of Scotland, go! It was incredible!! 

All this is a preamble to packing for a place that has a reputation of cool and rainy, especially on the coast. Last time I was there I brought only one sweater and it snowed and rained our whole time. Well I wasn't going to make that mistake again! :) Sought the help of a friend who packs efficiently. Thought I had it pretty well organized. Ah then the last minute, maybe I'll need this or need that. In the suitcase it went. Silly me, ..... That darn bag was heavy to lift in and out of the car and I hadn't bought a single souvenir! As we are trucking around it dawned on me that my suitcase was a metaphor for my life. I continue to drag around my Life suitcase with too much stuff. My home is full of lovely things, my mind full of noisy clutter, I still react as if life was personal. Like my suitcase in Scotland, it's a lot to lug around. Slows me down, has me fussed or second guessing decisions, I take paths that feel safe to take my baggage rather than risk something less travelled. There was a moment on holidays, when we left our bags at Neil's cousin's, and simply travelled with a small back[pack into Edinburgh for a couple of nights. It was SO easy! 'This is what it all should feel like!' I realized.

To help me remember my conviction of the last number of weeks, I began a drop dead list of what to bring. It's much leaner and I have put a copy in each of my suitcases and in my passport. It's also a good space to look at what I can jettison in my life. I want to travel lighter! 

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