Abandoned farmhouse sits on a flat horizon, menacing storm clouds overhead, Saskatchewan - Photo by David Innes

How to triple your productivity

Last year I was coaching an executive team who shared with me their motto of ‘80% is good enough’. Their goal is to get their work done and delivered to their workforce as quickly as possible, without working towards perfection. Then they adapt and evolve as they go. This was mind blowing for my little […]

Clear blue sky is reflected in the deeper blue still water of Lake Helen McKenzie,in Strathcona Provincial Park, Vancouver Island BC Canada at dusk. A backlit rolling black treeline is silhouetted in the upper half of the image, with the blue of the sky above and the deeper blue hue of the lake below. - Photo by David Innes

10 surprising ways you can reduce your stress right now

May 1-7 is Mental Health Week in Canada and all of May is Mental Health Month in the US so I thought I’d focus this week’s post on stress reduction. I can’t think of anything more crucial to the good life than our mental health – it influences our perspective on everything. Here are ten stress management […]

Wooden walkway in Paradise Meadows, Strathcona Park Vancouver Island BC - Photo by David Innes

How to ask for help

One of the favourite leadership classes I teach is about discovering your own strengths and challenges as a leader. In a class discussion last week, one of the students shared how difficult it is for her to ask for help, at work and at home. I have many friends and clients who are in a similar […]

Snow covers Trafalgar Lookout on Wascana Lake Regina, with Legislative building in background - Photo by David Innes

Striving for festive feelings

True confessions here – the festive season doesn’t make me feel very festive. For the most part, it makes me feel stressed, adding a whole pile of things I need to do to my already-very-long list. While my kids are delighted with Santa, candy canes and stockings full of goodies, I am overwhelmed. And I […]

Two Canoes at dusk, Cypress Hills Park, Saskatchewan - Photo by David Innes

Why you should always choose the girl

Expanding on the 6 Essentials For a Good Life, I want to share my thoughts on putting in the time and effort required to build strong relationships. Research coming out of Harvard’s recent 75 year-long study on what makes a good life has shown that good relationships lead to a long and fulfilling life. It […]

Fall leaves on Wascana - Photo by David Innes

Living well: Six Essentials for a Good Life

Welcome to my first blog post. I’m pretty excited to finally be here online after thinking about it for many months. I decided to start blogging to combine my three passions –  learning, teaching, and writing. Most of my blog posts are related to the content I teach in my leadership courses: Ways we can […]