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Hello all – it’s been a while, again! Just a quick note to let you know what’s going on at LVS Consulting.

I continue to write for Your Workplace magazine. These days, I’m writing the occasional coaching “case study” (not about any specific client – confidentiality is, as always, strictly preserved) and doing some book reviews. Hope you enjoy! YW18-3_16_Sansom

To learn more about Your Workplace magazine and upcoming conference in Toronto on June 2, check out their website at

The Canadian Positive Psychology Association is holding their third Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology in beautiful Niagara-On-The-Lake June 15-16-17. We’re thrilled to have amazing keynote speakers this year, including Dr Barbara Fredrickson, Dr Kim Cameron, Dr Lea Waters, Dr David Cooperrider and Caroline Miller, MAPP. I have heard all of these wonderful people speak before, and I can’t believe how fortunate we are to be learning from some of the best – all in three fun-filled action-packed learning-enhanced days. To learn more and register for the conference, please visit

Learn from the Positive Psychology experts at the CPPA 3rd Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology

Learn from the Positive Psychology experts at the CPPA 3rd Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology


And even if you can’t attend the CPPA’s conference, you might enjoy checking out our website to find other resources of interest. Our webinar series is something that many members greatly enjoy, and we’ve got an Educators’ Mastermind group that is connecting by video conference on a regular basis. Learn more at

As always, if you have any thoughts / questions, you can reach me at

Enjoy your day!



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Can we please…

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Why is it so often that when we get people together to do good work together, they falter? Why do they turn on each other and spread mistrust and untruths? Why do they hurt each other and get in the way of good meaningful work? Why do people presume the worst and then believe those bad stories about others? The stories I hear from many clients, colleagues and friends are disheartening. My mind boggles and my heart cries out.

Can we please start believing the best about each other?

That doesn’t mean that each person is perfect and it doesn’t mean that we trust blindly and foolishly, but it does mean that we look for and believe the best in each other. It does mean that we hold hope for each other. It does mean that we support each other, even in the difficult times, and we help each other out rather than taking each other down.

I work in the field of applied positive psychology which says that we need to study the best of “what is” in order to create the best of “what will be”. Can we please start with focusing on the best of “what is” in each other and in our workplaces? Is it really that hard?

Maybe it’s the recent full moon, or Mercury in retrograde, or the cold days of January that’s making it feel like this negativity and toxic environment is everywhere – it seems to be a common thread these days. What do you think we can all do together, how can we all be together, to make this better? So many people need it.

Any ideas? There’s enough difficulty in the world – let’s not contribute to it, shall we?


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The Importance of Setting a Collaborative Tone in the Workplace

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Years ago, we moved to Kingston, Ontario from Ottawa. I was on the job hunt, and Kingston, being one-tenth the size of Ottawa, did not yield a lot of opportunities for me in the field of organizational development. As a result, I had to expand my job search in some rather creative directions, and one of them was writing.

I was introduced to Vera Asanin, the publisher of Your Workplace magazine. YW has always been a voice for the progressive workplace, discussing issues such as leadership, team building, HR practices, organizational structure, physical environment and many other elements that go into creating a great workplace. Vera, as the publisher, delights in pushing the boundaries of tradition, both in her magazine and her approach to it. One illustrative example: when I first met Vera, I was on a maternity leave with a young baby, and it was hard for me to arrange child care in this new town so that I could go to job interviews. Vera, however, steadfastly declared “You will recognize me because I will send you a picture of what I look like. I will recognize you because you will be the one with the baby.”

I have now been writing for YW magazine for over 10 years. I started out by publishing a series of articles on a model of personal change, and since then I have published umpteen articles on a wide variety of topics, including many book reviews. I am ever grateful to the YW team for their openness and flexibility when I approach them with new ideas. They have been extremely supportive.

Here is my most recent article for YW on how to set a collaborative tone in your workplace. I’d love to know what you think. Feel free to leave me a comment on my blog or on my Facebook page, and feel free to write to Your Workplace to share your thoughts there too – they would love to hear from you!

Thank you YW for being a collaborative partner!

You can view my writing here: YW18-1_16_sansom

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The inspiration of tidying up

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With a new year comes resolutions, and even though I resolved many years ago that I wouldn’t make any more new year’s resolutions, I found myself this year drawn into setting a new direction for 2016. Essentially, this direction involves doing less, getting more sleep, and scaling back. So when a colleague loaned me a copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, I found a lot of synergy and alignment with my new direction for 2016.

If you have not heard of this book, I can give you the essence in a nutshell:

  • organize by category (e.g. all clothes first) rather than by room
  • physically empty all of the places (e.g. closets, dressers) that you wish to tidy
  • hold each item in your hand and ask yourself “Does it bring me joy?”
  • if it brings you joy, keep it
  • if it does not bring you joy, it goes out the door (Kondo often talks about “garbage bags” but really, there are so many donation sites that would be happy to take it from you)

Now, Kondo goes into many more details than this and if you really want to know about how she suggests you fold your socks, go ahead. However, the essence for me from this book wasn’t in the details, but rather in the concepts that she suggest you embrace.

Firstly, I am taken very much by her notion of joy – does something tangible bring me joy? Well I’m not by nature a joyful person, but there are things that I own that do make me smile, bring back memories or just spark my heart. I can’t say what these all have in common, but yes, things can bring me joy and I’m very happy to keep them. This notion made me look at my other possessions in a different light and even though I’m pretty good about discarding items that I no longer use, now I am even more disciplined and thoughtful about what stays and what goes.

Secondly, there is a theme of savouring throughout Kondo’s book. She recommends that, for example, at the end of the day you should empty your purse and thank each item for serving you throughout the day. She exudes gratitude (though she doesn’t use that word as far as I recall) for the things that she uses throughout the day. This also means that she treats them with respect (who else talks about the difficult job of socks??) and honour.

Finally, Kondo illustrates over and over again the importance of ritual. She has an entrance ritual when she comes home which is filled with honour, gratitude and tidiness as she replaces each item back in its proper place for the next time she needs it.

What I took away from this book was several principles of positive psychology, as well as direction to help  me live my life of “doing less” in 2016. With less clutter, Kondo says, comes more clarity. Certainly it’s my goal that reducing clutter in my work and personal life – be that things or be that tasks – will help me to focus on what is truly meaningful and essential to me and my well-being so that I can be there for others.

What’s your direction for 2016? keep-calm-and-do-less

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What I’m writing about these days

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Hello all – hope that you are doing well! I’ve been keeping busy, in part, with writing for Your Workplace magazine. If you haven’t heard of them, I suggest you check them out at

(And I realize that this is very short notice, but they also have a conference coming up in Toronto this week: They are also looking for volunteers for the conference, so reach out to them if you have some time to spare Sept 23 and 24th…)

Call for HR Volunteers

Here’s a sample of what I’ve been writing for them (click on the link below to download the pdf – totally yours for totally free!). I’d love to know what you think! Please post comments into the website forum or email me. Thanks and have a great week!


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