New Interview: Paying a Living Wage

My interview series continues with interview #3 as I explore healthy, positive, and progressive workplaces and what contributes to engagement, satisfaction, and well-being at work from the point of view of work environment, organizational culture, and leadership.

This instalment is a short conversation with Peter Rozeluk, Executive Director of Mission Services in London Ontario. We talked about increasing awareness of “living wage” policies and the decision made this year by Mission Services to pay all staff a living wage. Peter shared why this policy move is important to Mission Services and the impact it’s had for staff and for the organization as a whole. It’s a good example of values-based leadership where an employer puts organizational values into practice and pays attention to its community of workers.

For more information about the concept of a living wage and lists of the growing number of employers across Canada that have now committed to living wage policies, see

Listen now to my 7-minute conversation with Peter:

New Free 5-Day Career Idea Challenge is Underway!

My second free online 5-Day Career Challenge started Monday June 19th. It’s all about giving your career dreams a chance and taking 5 focused days, 30 minutes a day, to explore and research a new career idea. If you are neglecting a career dream or hesitating on a career change, this is a 5-day exploration boost!  With 5 days of tips, tools, and support, you’ll see if your new career idea just might have some potential.

Open to everyone to participate from anywhere! There’s still time to join:

Career Book Series on Facebook on Thursdays

I’m pleased to announce that I’m starting a short video series on my Facebook page where I talk about a career book once a week. Tune in on Thursdays over lunch! (I’m aiming to go live sometime between 12:30 and 1pm ET.) Hop over to my page of videos on Facebook to see what I recorded today about Barbara Sher’s book “I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was.”

New Interview: Values-based leadership & its impact in the workplace

Welcome to interview #2 in my new series exploring what contributes to engagement, satisfaction, and well-being at work from the point of view of work environment, organizational culture, and leadership.

I talked with Janet Frood, Executive, Leadership and Team Coach, about “values-based leadership“. I ask her to define that term for us and also describe what it is like when clearly articulated values guide individuals and organizations. Are you cynical about a company putting its values into practice? I have worked with many people who have endured unhealthy and disrespectful workplaces and who might reasonably be skeptical of “values speak” at work. Janet talks about cases of values misalignment and provides some tips for job seekers to investigate workplace values before accepting a job offer.

Listen now to our 15-minute conversation:

Links: Take a look at the Leadership Freak Blog that Janet mentioned, “The Most Important New System You Could Implement in 2016” (applies to any year, of course!), and see the LinkedIn slide deck describing the organization’s culture and values. Also, learn more about Janet and her work:

New Workshop: The Sustainable Life

I’m facilitating a new workshop with my colleague and friend Linda Mackay, psychotherapist, to explore how to handle competing priorities and multiple responsibilities and avoid overwhelm. What might it take to find a more manageable and enjoyable pace of life?

Join us if you are looking for a way to step off the busy-ness treadmill. In the 3-hour workshop, Linda and I will guide a discussion of how to move from self-blame and exhaustion to greater insight and practical strategies for a more sustainable life. The workshop involves a mix of presentation, group discussion, and self-reflection exercises. We’ll provide a workbook of ideas and resources.

London, Ontario: Tuesday, May 9th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm > More details & registration – Please register by May 4th.

Here’s a video invitation where Linda and I introduce ourselves and the workshop. We also share that we’ll have a door prize draw for attendees!

We look forward to facilitating idea sharing in a small group and to offering strategies and resources you can use right away. Please e-mail me if you have any questions:

Join the Career Action Plan E-Course

The Courageous Career Action Plan e-course starts today, but there’s still time to join us! See the details and sign up here.

This weekly course has 6 online modules with videos, downloadable worksheets, checklists, and resource lists to plan new growth and change in your career. We’ll also have live Q&A calls and online discussion so you will have support to take brave steps towards your career goals – for growth, advancement, or a career change.

You spend a lot of time working. Give your career more attention!

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First Interview in New Series: Healthy, Progressive & Positive Workplaces

I am launching a new interview series in which I aim to explore what contributes to engagement, satisfaction, and well-being at work from the point of view of work environment, organizational culture, and leadership.

My first interview for the new series is a conversation with Paul Roberts of the Ontario Co-operative Association. We talked about co-operatives: what they are, what they are like as positive places to work, and why they are relevant today. Co-operatives have a long history and Paul believes they are the “original social enterprises” – businesses based on principle not just profit. There may be more co-operatives in your community than you realize.

You can find more information about co-operatives on the Ontario Co-operative Association website at

Listen now to our 10-minute conversation:

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Join the free 5-day challenge for more career satisfaction

Take note! Sign up opened today for my new 5-day challenge: Know Your Keys to Career Satisfaction. It’s a free online challenge with daily e-mail prompts, 15-minute exercises, a private Facebook group, and a daily Facebook lunchtime livestream video (and a recording of the livestream if you can’t be there live).

I’ve been a career counsellor for over 10 years, supporting people from various career backgrounds especially those on so-called “unconventional” career paths in arts and culture, activism, and solo self-employment. This 5-day challenge is a taste of career coaching in an online group where we’ll share ideas and insights about career needs and desires.

In 5 days, participants will identify and prioritize their own personal keys to career satisfaction. It’s a great way to spark momentum for a shift into a new job or into new opportunities and challenges in your current job.

You can join on the sign-up page. And more minds, voices, and experiences will only add to the group, so please invite friends and contacts!

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