Blog Posts and Updates

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2020 Resources – Five Ways to Boost Your Resilience at Work

Five Ways to Boost Your Resilience at Work by Rich Fernandez There is a burgeoning phenomenon of ‘quick fix’ articles and books that promise nirvana with lists of the “5 ways to make your life better” or “3 things you need to do to achieve perfection” and other unsustainable or unrealistic ‘promises’. Life is just […]

2020 Resources – Chief Dr. Robert Joseph: My Vision for Canada

Presentation to Pathways for Reconciliation Conference, June 2016 I strongly urge you to listen to this extraordinary presentation by one of the great leaders of this time in history. Let’s start with who Chief Dr. Robert Joseph is. Chief Dr. Robert Joseph is hereditary chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation. He is currently the Ambassador […]

Simple Habits for Complex Times: Powerful Practices for Leaders

Simple Habits for Complex Times – Powerful Practices for Leaders (2015), by Jennifer Garvey Berger and Keith Johnston. Stanford Business Books: Stanford, CA. “Damn!” is the first word in Simple Habits for Complex Times. And with this, we are ushered into the world of Yolanda, the CEO of a child welfare agency, and her team […]

Leadership Spotlight: Deb Knopp and organizational wellness

Deb Knopp is the HR Coordinator for Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS). She is one of the many Leadership 2020 participants that have applied the program’s teachings to the day-to-day work at their organization. One of the key values shared by everyone at PCRS is wellbeing. All staff members are encouraged to support the health, growth, and wellness of […]

2020 Resources – Reflections on mindfulness

I went on my first 10-day silent meditation retreat 34 years ago. Back then, I didn’t dare tell anyone at work that I was meditating. Even telling friends and family was a challenge. They wondered out loud if I was going to shave my hair and head to India, or renounce my worldly possessions, or […]

2020 Resources – TED talks on the benefits of sleep

Every time I read an article on the importance of sleep and the negative cumulative impact of insufficient sleep, I cringe. For decades, I was one of those people that confidently stated, “I only need 5 hours of sleep a night.” Now I am confident that I simply can’t bring my best to the world […]

2020 Resources – Thinking about wellness

In Leadership 2020, we offer a simple framework for assessing our wellness practices, adapted from the First Nation’s Healthy Authority’s perspective on wellness and wholism. A visual of this is offered below. You can use whatever labels make sense to you but the key point is to attend to the different dimensions of wellness. Each of […]

Nine self-care reminders for the over-committed activist

In her article, Nine self-care reminders for the over-committed activist, Vancouver-based Christine Boyle writes that: “the idea of self-care bubbles up every now and then in community and activist circles. It’s not an easy topic; often associated with self-indulgence, it can be seen as a luxury that can wait until after the next crisis. And […]

2020 Resources – What Makes a Good Life?

Recommended TED talk: Lessons from the Longest Study on Human Happiness by Robert Waldinger Robert Waldinger, a professor at Harvard Medical School is the Director of a study that has been tracking two groups of men (and now their partners and children) for 75 years. One group is comprised of Harvard graduates and the other from […]

Positive Teams are More Productive

Positive Teams are More Productive, by Emma Seppala (Harvard Business Review, March 2015) One of the first things to note about this very short article is that is written by the Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education. Think about the fact that an institution like Stanford values compassion […]