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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

Latest Post

Sometimes Life is Just Hard

Mary Johnson - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Last week the wonderful group of women from the Life's Third Act workshop met for session #3. In this one they tackled one of their Old Stories and looked at moving towards a New Story. This wasn't an exercise in Foo-Foo and Fairy Dust or in wishful thinking. Every one of these highly accomplished individuals has had some very difficult situations in their lives. And in the midst of them have pleased, pacified, made themselves 'small' and struggled to understand why. No small potatoes here. We are talking about physical, emotional, sexual abuse, alcoholism, drug abuse, invisibility, the one on which everything got blamed. 

This is also a group that has spent a lot of time, energy and in many cases significant money on counselling to make their way through. As each is approaching their Third Act, there is a desire to place what they have experienced and are learning into a larger context. Now into consciously co-creating the Design of their Lives. It's comes down to meaning-making and unintended benefit finding. How has this shaped your thinking and behaving? What do you do differently now? What hasn't changed no matter what? What's important to you going forward? Not simply putting a positive face on events that are just plain wrong. 

With this, the resiliency of these women shines through. Each is working on compassion, forgiveness, truth telling, risk taking, gentleness. In large part for themselves as well as for others. The other thing is, even with the benefit of time, distance and perspective, all agreed there is no way around it. Sometimes life is just hard. Here's some of their wisdom from down the road;

'Hard isn't the whole of your life.'

'The satisfaction from hard is way more than the satisfaction from easy.'    

'We fight 'hard'.' (how can we deal with 'hard' differently )

'Everybody has a story.' Their version of hard.

'Get help, give help.'

Beware of the 'Just be Positive' mantra. It can keep you from acknowledging what is. Life can be hard. The bright spot from the experience of these women is one day you realize you are Okay!   

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