Authentika Consulting Blog

August 6, 2021

Categorizing People in Your Life

The Bubble During the pandemic, the size of our community became quite small as we were tasked with keeping one another safe from contagion. We had […]
August 6, 2021

Return to the Workplace Transition Concerns

Post-pandemic phase of work For the last 17 months, many employees were required to work remotely. Now that we are rounding the corner into a post-pandemic […]
July 25, 2021

The Power of Cognitive Reframing

In the post called Building Resilience One Mental Muscle at a Time, I covered two options for building resiliency. Read: Building Resilience One Mental Muscle at […]
July 25, 2021

Building Resilience One Mental Muscle at a Time

People who do strength training know that micro-tears occur during a weighty workout. A few hours later, you feel the soreness as the amount of blood […]
July 14, 2021

Figuring it Out

It has been a mystery to me how some people know at an early age exactly what they want to do as a profession and then […]
May 30, 2021

Preventing Joy Stealing in Your Life

I've wanted to write on this topic for some time now, but waited until I completed more research on the topic. Every day we have thousands […]
May 29, 2021

What is the difference between counselling and coaching?

The long-range effects of the COVID-19 pandemic remain far from being fully realized. Although, it isn’t difficult to conceptualize the potential increased demand for professional support […]
May 23, 2021

Coach Credentialing and How to Get Your ACC with the ICF

I originally wrote this post for Coaching out of the Box®'s blog and you can find it there as well as here on mine. Almost ten […]
May 14, 2021

What You Think May Not Be True

We think 6,200 thoughts a day We all have that little voice inside our head. Sometimes the messages are strong and clear and other times they […]
April 20, 2021

Communicating Well With Technology

Of all the workshops I facilitate, perhaps the one I'm doing most recently is the most relevant and necessary. It is called Communicating Well with Technology. […]
April 13, 2021

Why Say Thank You

I've been reflecting a great deal on how the pandemic is impacting society. When I'm out for a walk with Olive, I've noticed that people don't […]
January 31, 2021

The Value of Being Great At Receiving Feedback

Have you ever been in the situation where a colleague, a friend or a family member asks you for feedback and you break out in a […]
January 31, 2021

The Essence of Love

I’m not really sure exactly how I feel about February. It is sort of an in-between month. The shortest one nestled deep in winter, and also […]
January 3, 2021

Give Better Than Nothing Behaviour A Try

Wow. What kind of message is this to give better than nothing behaviour a try? I hope I've engaged your interest with this call to -- […]
January 2, 2021

5-Minute Self Care Tips to Prevent the ‘January Blues’

With January here and the holiday season tucked behind us, we face a month known for broken resolutions, ghastly credit card bills, homes stripped of holiday […]
January 1, 2021

Five tips to avoid virtual communication burnout

Working Remotely Since COVID-19 touched down with a significant impact in March 2020, many Canadian workers found themselves relocating to home-based work and using virtual meeting […]
December 12, 2020

Life Lessons from A Christmas Carol

It is no secret that I'm a Regency and Victorian-era fan. I have at least one Regency-period book on the go at all times and subscribe […]
December 12, 2020

Book Recommendation: The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus

I'm all for books that are short, to the point, and provide key takeaways at the end of each chapter. The Leadership Secrets of Santa Claus: […]
December 10, 2020

Living in a VUCA World: How to Make Better Decisions

Madonna sang that we are living in a material world, but I say that we're living in a VUCA world. What does it mean to live […]
December 7, 2020

Grow Your Network Using LinkedIn

In a previous post, I shared a recording of a presentation on how to sign up for a LinkedIn account and make the most of your […]
November 14, 2020

Your Relationship with Money

This month's book was a challenge. Not that there weren't enough books on the topic, but rather landing on just the right one. After much deliberation, […]
November 12, 2020

What's Your Relationship with Social Media?

  Can't live with it, can't live without it. Heard this saying before? I imagine you have and wonder if you share my views on social […]
November 10, 2020

Make The Most Of Your LinkedIn Profile

The online social platform known as LinkedIn has been around since 2003. Even though over 690 million people are connected LinkedIn users, there are many who […]
October 11, 2020

What Makes Us Resilient?

As we face the second wave of the pandemic, many of us are feeling burnt out, mentally fatigued, and uncertain of what it means for business, […]
October 11, 2020

The Pumpkin Plan: A Book Review

Once the fall season arrives, many of us remember how much we love pumpkin spice, pumpkin pie, and decorating our home with orange-coloured gourds. Yes, just […]
September 14, 2020

The Power of the Morning Routine

Not everyone feels like a natural-born early riser. I get this. Some people say they are night owls who feel energized and productive late into the […]
September 1, 2020

No Capes Leadership in A Post-Heroic Age

As Authentika Academy prepares to launch its latest e-course, Habits of Great Leaders, I thought it fitting to share Maddie's 17-year old, unfiltered view of leadership. […]
August 11, 2020
Your Story Brand

What's Your Story?

I love to read and listen to self development Audiobooks. I usually have 3-4 on the go at a time. Full disclosure -- I love […]
August 11, 2020

From Lucky Charms to Leafy Greens

This post has been graciously written by guest blogger, Maddie Cranston. Full disclosure, Maddie is my daughter and a far better writer than I am.   […]
August 10, 2020

Are You Ready to Stop Your Instant Gratification Monkey In His Tracks?

Have you ever thought about your life in months? It's a fascinating and perhaps even sobering way of looking at your life. Recently, I watched a […]
July 7, 2020

Why Focus on Your Self-Awareness

For years I worked in a job I was good at, but didn’t love. When I was with friends or colleagues or at the hair salon […]
June 26, 2020

Grow Your Emotional Vocabulary

  This pandemic and the stress of the unknown and the uncertainty regarding what is to come can make anyone feel tired, confused, and uncertain. All […]
June 10, 2020

Meditation - Is it right for you?

In the last decade, mindfulness and meditation have risen significantly in popularity. Those who were on the fence about giving it a try have heard first-hand […]
June 3, 2020
5 must reads for building positive habits

5 Must Reads for Building Positive Habits

Probably now, more than any other time in recent history, we’ve had more time on our hands given the need for social distancing, closed businesses and […]
May 19, 2020
Virtual Travel

Virtual Travel Tips

Virtual Travel Tours. Explore the World From Your Home   Do you have a case of wanderlust and are looking for ways to keep the spark […]
April 29, 2020

How Do I Overcome Negative Inner Thoughts?

    Negative thoughts are automatic thoughts. They can be triggered by the slightest experience, comment or memory. Often, we are not aware of our negative […]
April 17, 2020

10 Distraction Busters - Don't Let Distractions Get in Your Way

Whether you're working remotely, working at the office, or working at all, you can still fall prey to distractions. They come in a myriad of disguises […]
April 2, 2020

How to Stay Motivated during Uncertain Times

It’s difficult to stay motivated at the best of times. Working toward a goal or dream that you value and know instinctively would make a major […]
March 24, 2020

Be More Productive with Time Blocking

Does Time Seem to Fly and Work Still Isn’t Done? If you’ve ever struggled with feeling less than productive or wondered what happened to your best-laid […]
March 19, 2020

Keep Calm, Connected And Prepared During COVID-19

Uncertain times It’s true that we are living in a time of uncertainty and turbulence with the continued spread of covid-19, an epic rollercoaster downhill ride […]
March 5, 2020

Using Assessments in Coaching to Boost Your Self Awareness

Engage a Coach for Your Professional Development Working on your professional development isn’t something that you might easily decide to give yourself permission to pursue.  It […]
February 17, 2020

Are You Board Ready?

Forget the Monopoly Mascot. When you think about being a director on a board, does the image of the Monopoly mascot, Rich Uncle Pennybags, come to […]
January 4, 2020

Finding Your Purpose When You Feel Lost

It doesn't feel good There are times in life when you might feel lost. Maybe that time is right now. Perhaps there are people in your […]
December 30, 2019

How to Make Goals You Will Keep

The Month of January - Friend or Foe? The start of a new year can bring a sense of renewal, hope and a promise. Maybe it […]
December 15, 2019

3 Questions That Will Help You Navigate the Holiday Season

December Overload December, more than any month of the year, seems to give us 31 days of permission to overdo it. We overextend ourselves with events, […]
November 3, 2019

Improve Your Emotional Intelligence Now

What is Emotional Intelligence? Emotional intelligence is a skill that can help change the way you view yourself and how well you communicate with others. Emotional […]
October 19, 2019

7 Tips to Improve Your Confidence Networking

Who loves to network? Do you love or loathe networking? Perhaps it is something in between. There are some easy and helpful tips to improve your […]
September 17, 2019

Find the Right Mentor for You

Looking for a mentor? There are many reasons why having a mentor is a great idea and it's even more important when you work for yourself […]
September 2, 2019

Build Positive Habits You Will Keep

A bouquet of newly sharpened pencils or new habits to keep September is officially here. Children are readying for back to school, a bit of a […]
August 6, 2019

Fostering Trust in the Workplace

Source: Recently I heard a quote that really stuck with me while watching a program on Netflix called, Mozart in the Jungle. The new maestro, […]
July 24, 2019

Transitioning Through Change Like A Pro

When I think about coming to the end of a good book, I feel a sense of loss. If I really loved the book, I don't […]
June 20, 2019

Giving Feedback With Confidence: Part 2

For years I've asked the question: What stops you from giving feedback? Not surprisingly, the response is consistently the same: 1) I don't know how the […]
May 24, 2019

Giving Feedback With Confidence: Part 1

]I recently learned some trivia about the 1976 neo-noir psychological thriller, Taxi Driver. In the movie, Robert De Niro, stars as Travis Bickle a mentally unstable […]
April 22, 2019

Finding Your North Star

Recently I embarked on a complete rebranding exercise for my coaching and consulting business. The result? It made me fall more in love with the work […]
March 26, 2019

Understanding Emotional Triggers

I can't imagine that anyone wakes up in the morning and says, "Hey, I think I'll be a victim in the story of my life today." […]
February 20, 2019

Are You Listening? Part 2

Olive and I have been through Beginner dog training. Note the graduation cap in the photo (no small feat to get this image!) I'd say that […]
January 21, 2019

Are You Listening?

I have a dog named Olive. She a sweet and loving little black Cockapoo. She literally is my constant companion and a joy in every way. […]