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    Turn Problems into Solutions

    By Robert McFadden

    Turn Problems into Solutions

    Accepting and Stepping Into Problems

    A few years ago I took comedy improv lessons at Montreal Improv with Brent Skagford. In our first class, Brent introduced us to some improv storytelling basics, one of the most important of which is the idea of accepting an...
    Tuesday, August 02, 2022 03:20 PM - Comment(s)

    Stories We've Been Told (And Retold to Ourselves)

    By Robert McFadden

    Stories We've Been Told (And Retold to Ourselves)

    Telling Tales

    Stories are perhaps the most effective way of passing values and perspectives across generations - and for holding our behaviors and beliefs to specific standards. Try imagining the concepts of "good" and "evil" playing out in quite the same way without the Tanakh, t...
    Tuesday, August 02, 2022 10:03 AM - Comment(s)

    How Practice Makes Perfect(ish)

    By Robert McFadden

    How Practice Makes Perfect(ish)

    Nature / Nurture / Practice

     
    I was stunned by the man's resource.
    "It's brain," I said; "pure brain!
    What do you do to get like that, Jeeves?
    I believe you must eat a lot of fish, or something.
    Do you eat a lot of fish, Jeeves?"

    "No, sir."
    "Oh, well, then, it's ju...
    Friday, July 29, 2022 11:39 AM - Comment(s)

    The 7 Lessons of Cora’s Crêpes

    By Robert McFadden

    The 7 Lessons of Cora’s Crêpes
     This morning I made crêpes using the ingredients passed by  Cora Tsouflidou, founder of the  Cora’s Breakfast & Lunch chain of restaurants, to a packed audience at TEDx Westmount. The crêpes were both delicious and instructive. In her presentation, Cora introduced the i...
    Friday, July 29, 2022 08:20 AM - Comment(s)

    The Problem with "Must", "Should", & "Have To"

    By Robert McFadden

    The Problem with "Must", "Should", & "Have To"

    Call Me "Trim Tab"

    Next time you catch yourself saying “I must” to something you'd rather not do, take a moment to consider what the consequences would be if you didn't:
    •  What are 5 positive outcomes you could see for yourself by not doing your “must”?
    • What 5 negative penalties do y...
    Friday, July 29, 2022 06:36 AM - Comment(s)

    Resistance, Disagreement, & Conflict - Hooray!

    By Robert McFadden

    Resistance, Disagreement, & Conflict - Hooray!

    Growth through adversity

    Here's a story I'll bet you haven't heard:


    At last - the big moment arrives! Mom's on bent knees, arms extended. Dad squats behind Mom, all smiles. And there's Li'l Joey, teetering on the brink of his very first step.

     

    “C'mon, Joey!” coos Mom. “Attaboy,...

    Thursday, July 14, 2022 10:51 AM - Comment(s)

    The Power of Follow-Through

    By Robert McFadden

    The Power of Follow-Through

    What's your purpose?

    This past week I was reminded of the vital role played by long-term vision in our ability to complete major challenges. Whether it’s leaving an unfulfilling job or taking on a new level of relationship commitment, we can all too easily become overwhelmed when we forget the larger...

    Thursday, July 14, 2022 06:23 AM - Comment(s)

    One Step at a Time (x 10 Years)

    By Robert McFadden

    One Step at a Time (x 10 Years)

    My friend and ally Nelly snapped this photo 10 years ago as we talked about ending talk and starting action. Nelly and I are both coaches. These twin challenges - ending talk and starting action - come up all the time in coaching. Nelly sent this photo right after our conversation as an encouraging ...

    Wednesday, July 13, 2022 09:47 AM - Comment(s)

    Create the Relationships You Want

    By Robert McFadden

    Create the Relationships You Want

    Leading Change in Others

    For many of us, one of the more challenging tasks we face comes in communicating constructively with those we care about after they've said or done something we find offensive. A trusted colleague who cavalierly blows off a critical business commitment. A close friend who sp...

    Monday, July 04, 2022 12:28 PM - Comment(s)

    5 Reasons Not to Convince Mom to Vaccinate

    By Robert McFadden

    5 Reasons Not to Convince Mom to Vaccinate

    (and how to change her mind)

    “It’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and they’ve taken my Mom!”


    Alice is reeling from the aftermath of her mother demanding Alice cancel her planned COVID-19 vaccination. “I’ve tried everything. Lecturing her, reasoning with her, pleading with her, but she just keeps insi...

    Monday, July 04, 2022 09:32 AM - Comment(s)