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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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Passing on a tradition

Mary Johnson - Friday, December 09, 2016

Wednesday was a day I had been looking forward to. My grand daughter was coming to spend the day. She was going to help me with the Christmas baking. To get us (read me!) in the mood, I put on some Christmas music and we tackled 2 of the recipes that have been a part of the holidays since before I was a little girl. Shortbread and Gingersnaps. In fact I have Gran's original hand written Gingersnap one I have traced her writing over and over. 

Marion, at almost 5, was a big help adding the ingredients and patiently waiting for me to finish the mixing so she could have the spoon. As the batches started to bake, the smell transported me back to when I was a little girl and helped my Gran make cookies. I could see her in her ever-present apron admonishing me for eating dough. Oh how I love cookie dough!! So does Marion. My mom, who kept Christmas so well, also made these very same recipes. While Marion won't get it all quite yet, I did explain about the recipes, making them every year, who made them and now she's making them with her Grandma. She was partaking in a tradition I have been a part of since a little girl myself. One of making Christmas special. In fact this is something women all over the world do. Make celebrations special. It was a thrill for me to begin what I hope is a yearly event for her and me. 

Here is Grannie's and Mom's Gingersnap recipe. A huge favourite in our home. Do enjoy!

Gingersnaps (1/2 a recipe it says)    

Cream 1/2 cup butter; add 1 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1/4 cup molasses. 

Add 2 cups flour, 2 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, 1Tbsp. ground ginger, 1 tsp. cinnamon

Blend until it becomes like a ball of dough. Make into balls (a little bigger than a whole walnut) and roll in sugar.

Bake at 350 F for 12 - 15 minutes on an ungreased baking sheet.

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