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What’s the “Tox” in a Digital Detox?

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When Rohan Gunatillake and I hosted our conversation at South by Southwest last weekend, the question we opened with was this: When we refer to a digital sabbatical as a “digital detox,” it suggests that technology itself is a toxin. Is that true? And if not, what’s the “tox” we’re trying to remove from our systems? As […]

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Hands-on Help for Impostor Syndrome

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Ambition and conscientiousness aren’t always the most comfortable bedfellows. When you have high standards of integrity, and big dreams for getting your work out into the world, the inside of your head can feel like a long, high-velocity tennis match. You want to reach higher – and you want to stay grounded. You long to […]

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The Balance Matrix: My Answer to the “Work-Life Balance” Question

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I find most “work-life balance” conversations challenging. For starters, there’s a distinctly gendered component to them – where women seem to be expected to worry more about balancing it all, and where “life” is code for domestic duties, rather than, you know, LIFE in all its juicy, nourishing, celebratory glory. But I find we also […]

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What “Be Honest” Really Means

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Reading yesterday’s Globe and Mail has me wondering, for the umpteenth time, just how many mothers’ lives we need to dissect and critique before we feel confident about simply moving forward with our own version of what works for our own families. Leah McLaren’s exhortation that employed mothers be “honest” about what their lives look like may […]

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Fuelled by Outrage: The upside of comparison

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A few years ago, I co-authored a guidebook for women entrepreneurs called The Boss of You – and when it came out, the question we were asked most often was, “Why write another book on how to start and run a business?” The not-too-subtle implication was that the last thing the world needed was yet another business […]

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The Celebrity Guide to Your Hopes and Fears

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This new Beyoncé album is messing with my head. Or more accurately: My head is messing with the new Beyoncé album. (Bear with me: This is not about Beyoncé per se, or her album. It’s bigger than that, and you don’t need to like or care about Beyoncé to get this.) Here is a performing artist at the […]

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Canonization, Demonization, and Reluctant Stars

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I have had the great good fortune of seeing my friends succeed. Watching them hit bestseller lists, win awards, land major contracts, give TED talks (yep, even the TED main stage), add staggeringly impressive credentials to their LinkedIn profiles, become wealthy, and so on has been breathtaking and awesome in the purest sense of the […]

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The Wrong Kind of Research: Stop Throwing Your Dreams Into the Deep End

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Maybe you have done this: You have an idea: a nascent idea that lights you up and feels like it could turn into something big. Maybe put-you-on-the-map big, or at least stretch-beyond-your-comfort-zone big. You get excited. You allow yourself to daydream a bit, about how it might evolve, what impact it could have… the possibilities. […]

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Escaping the Comparison Loop

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“Comparison is the thief of joy.” –Theodore Roosevelt “Comparing yourself to others is an act of violence against your authentic self.” –Iyanla Vanzant As a recovering perfectionist, and self-confessed personal development aficionado, there is perhaps no mental habit that has proven more stubborn than my compulsion to compare. I notice myself doing it unconsciously, all […]

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Being an Expert Isn’t About Knowing the Answers.

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I’m betting that you’re an expert in what you do, and you possess a lot of answers to challenging questions. Moreover, you probably enjoy answering questions about your area of expertise – and your customers likely come to you with questions that are nagging at them. The questions you hear might sound something like this: […]

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