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Facilitating Without Knowing It

Facilitating Without Knowing It

Last year, I attended a team planning meeting for a weekend-long Ultimate Frisbee tournament.  The objective was to come up with a theme, a site design, a costume, and a game.  At the tournament, each team sets up their sites and games in a big park.  People then...

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vivid Facilitation: vivid Fun Day Recipe

vivid Facilitation: vivid Fun Day Recipe

I look forward to vivid fun day every year.  We’ve now held four of these special days as an offsite for our vivid team that features: learning, experimentation, practice, along with some delightful eating and drinking.  There is something wonderful and unexpected...

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The Perks of Having Powerful Neighbours

The Perks of Having Powerful Neighbours

A great way to premiumize your brand is to surround yourself with other premium brands - premium by association. Check out the new Magnum ice cream store currently under construction on Bloor. Now this deliciously indulgent, high-end, ice cream brand can boast that...

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Slowing Down So You Can Run Faster

Slowing Down So You Can Run Faster

Life is busy, and I’m sure that this is true for many of us.  What’s new?  Well, sometimes we need to slow down so that we can in fact move forward faster.  This is something that maybe I’ve always known but never really internalized.  But in having a little girl, who...

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The Power of an Emotionally Resonant Brand

The Power of an Emotionally Resonant Brand

Ever since last week’s Oscars the world of pop culture has been overflowing with love for Jennifer Lawrence, who of course won Best Actress.  Mention the name Anne Hathaway, however, who took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and you’re likely to see some...

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Limited by Sameness

Limited by Sameness

We’re all creatures of habit.  We automate certain decisions and actions so we don’t have to think about them everyday.  On top of that, many of us keep things fairly consistent, especially during the week.  We wake up in the same place, brush our teeth, travel to...

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Take Our Kids To Work Day at vivid

Take Our Kids To Work Day at vivid

At a Sunday dinner in October with my extended family, my brother asked me if my niece, Ceili, could come to work with me for Grade 9 Take Our Kids to Work Day.  Apparently she thinks my job is cool.  I guess it could be because I've been known to do such things as:...

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The Spectacle of Christmas

The Spectacle of Christmas

As a kid I fondly remember going to church with my Dad and Nana on Christmas Eve.  We would walk across the park in the cold and arrive to the warmth and welcome of the church.  We usually sat up in the balcony – the best view my Nana always claimed – and I would...

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Once you’ve gone TED…

Once you’ve gone TED…

I had the opportunity to go to two different conferences in the past month.  One was TEDxToronto (which my good friend Allison Hunt told me about) and the other was called the Art of Management (which I found out about from an email).  Both conferences were...

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