Kindness Has Its Own Rewards
I’m the first to admit I’m a big fan of retail therapy. On the other hand, I don’t consider shopping for groceries to be fun at all. For me grocery shopping is definitely a chore.
However, as I was buying groceries today, it seemed the clerk at my checkout was even less of a fan.
She just looked so miserable I felt compelled to find something positive to say.
Glancing at her I smiled and said, “You’re definitely a good…
Posted on 11-29-22
Ocean Freighter or Canoe?
While there are some who might envy those who are self-employed as social entrepreneurs, the reality is that it often comes with long hours and sleepless nights. On the flip side, it comes with many advantages.
For sure working for larger institutions or businesses comes with more security and a pension, but as I recently explained to a colleague, it’s akin to the difference between trying to steer a highly loaded ocean freighter and a nimble, flexible canoe.
The canoe is far easier to manage and better able to…
Posted on 11-21-22
It’s So Tempting To Play Ostrich
Curiosity velocity is a positive attribute, but sometimes we may not like what we find.
I recently stumbled across a 2022 study by Lancet Planetary Health that surveyed 10,000 people between the ages of 16 to 25 from 10 different countries.
Here’s the sad part.
Three-quarters of those surveyed said, “the future is frightening” with more than half believing that “humanity is doomed.” Nearly 4 in 10 said that they were hesitant about having children.
Some 58 percent of those surveyed said their…
Posted on 11-15-22
The Soft Side of Innovation
I have a brain that is constantly leapfrogging.
So while my thought processes may not be typical, I’ve learned over the years to roll with it and explore whenever I can. While it often makes for chaotic conversations in my head, it typically leads to learnings that are deep, meaningful, and informative.
As a result, when my brain recently landed on the topic of focus groups, it seemed important to pay attention.
Not as random as it might sound, the subject was…
Posted on 11-11-22
Are You a Positive Deviant?
I was recently described by a colleague as being a positive deviant. When she saw me flinch, she instead suggested I was a maverick. While she clearly thought both terms were complimentary, I’m not sure everyone would agree.
After all, does anyone say, ‘I want to be a positive deviant when I grow up?’ Is it even a conscious choice? More likely, colouring outside the lines is something one is wired to do.
Regardless, research does indicate that Positive Deviance (PD) is based on the…
Posted on 11-06-22