I am somewhat of a news junkie, checking various apps and streaming channels on the regular for the latest political issues, scientific reports on climate change, and even more frivolous content like Chrissy Tiegan’s latest recipe for the perfect pancake.
But when the pandemic known as COVID-19 appeared in North America the daily coverage became too much, even for me. …
One of the silver linings of these surreal pandemic times is that I have been talking to more people.
I know, it seems counter intuitive, what with physical distancing and all, but I live in a neighbourhood where having a dog is almost a prerequisite, and here in Toronto we dog owners are allowed to walk our dogs as long as we maintain a distance from other dog owners.
Of course dog owners are out and about walking their own dogs instead of hiring dog walkers, and I have developed a camaraderie of sorts with those I pass at the…
This morning literally millions of people are waking up to the reality that they will have to work from home for the next several days or weeks. Many are equipped with a laptop and a phone, and others have a desktop and some secure way to dial in to their organization’s systems.
So they have the tools, and it should be easy, right?
You get to stay in pyjamas!
And take a break whenever you want!
And play with the dog!
And be away from your annoying office mate with the annoying laugh!
Yay, right? Yay?
Maybe, maybe not.
Ali looked around the office at her team and sighed in dismay.
It was 4:30 on a Thursday afternoon, and the chaos she saw confirmed her fear that they would be working late. Again.
The project was supposed to be done by 5pm so that it could be sent to the client first thing Friday morning, but despite her meeting with them on Monday, it was clear they didn’t know what they were doing and didn’t know how to work together well.
First thing Monday she would research some team-building training.
Wilson saw Ali looking out at the team, shaking…
Election years are fascinating to me.
I live in Canada, and although our next federal election isn’t until 2023, I feel like the current election year in the United States is as important to me as if it were right here at home.
Well of course we share the longest border in the world with the United States, and we know that pretty much everything that happens there impacts us economically, socially, and even politically.
But there’s something else that’s been bugging me this year, as I watch the debates and wait for the results of the caucuses and…
Because Budgets Seem To Be Shrinking Everywhere You Look
I’m excited to bring you a blog post from my business partner Nicole North, who is also our VP of Training here at Whiteboard. She doesn’t write too often, but when she does it’s light hearted, refreshing, and helpful.
I used to think that training on a budget wasn’t possible.
If a client didn’t have the right budget, I would sometimes turn down the opportunity to provide training because I felt they couldn’t get a good product for the price they had in mind, and that therefore the learning would…
I’ve lived with Generalized Anxiety Disorder for about 8 years now, and while I am MUCH MUCH improved, I still have episodes now and then, like last night when I realized that the thought of a dentist appointment had affected me for 72 hours beforehand.
About 15 years ago I went to the dentist for some dental surgery and ended up in the ER, and although after a couple of weeks I was fine, it was a terrible two weeks. …
We are finally at the last of our seven-episode podcast and blog series on Brené Brown’s latest book, Dare to Lead. (At the end of this post I’ll share the link so you can listen to and/or watch our discussion.)
At Whiteboard we’ve been doing a podcast for a couple of years now, (and have been blogging even longer), and for the first time we decided to try a virtual book club using Dare to Lead.
Why that book?
Mostly because it really resonated with us — we teach and consult on change and transformation and the leadership skills required…
Get These Great Other Gifts Instead
Please enjoy this guest blog by my business partner Nicole North!! She had a genius idea to help people do holiday shopping by both BEING efficient and THINKING efficient.
Because that’s what we do.
Take it away Nicole!
Tis the season to become more productive.
That’s what they always say right?
Ok, well, go with me on this one. The holidays are quiet in the process improvement and training worlds, and we need some content for the next two weeks, and instead of online shopping for myself, I thought, why not help…
You Need To Figure It Out, Especially If You Are A Leader.
This is the penultimate post in our “virtual bookclub” series on Brené Brown’s latest book, Dare to Lead. If you’ve been following along you know that we record a podcast each week (ish) and then write a summary blog soon(ish) after. This week I highly encourage you to listen to (here) or watch (here) our podcast before reading this post.
No urgent reason other than it was particularly fun for us to record and Nicole got to use some of her newfound editing skills in the video…
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