positive relationships

The Importance of Setting a Collaborative Tone in the Workplace

By Lisa Sansom / January 16, 2016 / 2 Comments

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 […]

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Sometimes, you just gotta ask

By Lisa Sansom / January 10, 2014 / 1 Comment

A friend of ours was recently driving in upper state New York, and following a car along the twisty turny back country roads. The car that he was following suddenly stopped in the middle of the road – no hazard lights or turn signals flashing – so he stopped behind it. He looked to see […]

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Doing the best we can with what we have

By Lisa Sansom / July 12, 2013 / 3 Comments

There is a quote that is attributed to Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker, that starts like this: “Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph.” I didn’t even know this was a Zig Ziglar quote until I googled the phrase […]

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Positive things at a big conference

By Lisa Sansom / January 25, 2013 / 3 Comments

Thursday morning, I presented to a packed room (I’m guessing 200 people) at Canada’s largest HR conference – HRPA2013. It was held in Toronto and apparently attendance last year was something like 4500 (according to their website). I don’t know what numbers were this year, but my rough estimate is that the keynote ballroom could […]

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Internally consistent

By Lisa Sansom / December 6, 2012 / 0 Comments

I recently gave a workshop and ended up talking with one participant for nearly an hour afterwards about a very specific situation that she is facing. She is in a difficult situation, trying to figure out how to talk with one individual, and not making progress. I provided some coaching to help her determine what […]

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Blue Zones at MAPP Summit

By Lisa Sansom / November 20, 2012 / 0 Comments

This is the last in my series of positive speakers at the 2012 MAPP Summit in Philadelphia. Previous posts in this series discussed reciprocity rings, connectedness, perception of time, and MAPP alumni sharing. You may have heard of Blue Zones, the fabulous research by Dan Buettner about healthy longevity around the world. Essentially, Dan has […]

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