Thoughts on Psychological Safety

Psychological Safety – sīkəˈläjəkəl ˈsāftē Psychological safety is the most studied enabling condition in group dynamics and team learning research.  Psychological safety is a shared feeling of safety, experienced by each team member.  In psychologically safe teams, team members feel accepted and respected. In Project Aristotle, Google found this quality to be of most importance in high-functioning … Continued

Olympic moments will leave big impact on community in Rio favelas

I wanted to get outside the fence and ended up watching the opening ceremony in the Vidigal Favela. I was looking for a rawer view of the Olympics and wondered how deep into the favelas the Olympic movement would reach. We arrived at the community celebration in our VW taxi van. A few girls were practicing their … Continued

Olympic Professionals: Find your grit, Be a Pro

Amateur ˈ|amətər| A person who engages in a particular activity simply for the love of it, and is not paid for their work. – Professional |prəˈfeSHənl| A person who is competent and skilled in a particular activity, and is paid for their work.   Are you a Professional? When the modern Olympic Games were founded … Continued

Goals that Boost Well-being and Productivity

Toxic – ˈtäksik Poisonous. Relating to or caused by poison. Very bad, unpleasant, or harmful. In finance, denoting debt that has a high risk of default ORIGIN: Greek: toxikon (poison for arrows) from toxon (bow) Are your 2016 goals toxic? Of all places, it was a yoga workshop. Maybe the scene shouldn’t surprise me. Many Yogis … Continued

Why Curt Harnett believes volunteering is key to success

When I asked the celebrated track cyclist what he planned to do after volunteering as chef de mission for the Toronto 2015 Pan-Am Games, his answer revealed what many pee-wee hockey coaches, board members and charity event organizers already know. “Protect my lifestyle!” he replied with a smile. He was noticeably exhausted, and he swore … Continued

Middle-Age Fitness Boosts Mind, Body

Countless studies trumpet the long-term health benefits of physical exercise. But David Ford provides all the proof that I need. Canada’s most successful slalom canoeist is about to turn 49, but he’s still actively competing at an international level. The 1999 slalom world champion and five-time Olympian has paddled for our country for a mind-blowing 32 … Continued

Sleep can be secret weapon to gain competitive edge

Weekly sleep average more important than daily number By Adam Kreek, CBC Sports  Dec 08, 2015 4:27 PM ET One of the keys to overcoming challenges I’ve faced — rowing across the Atlantic, raising two young children, overcoming an addiction to Dragon’s Den — has been some well-planned shut-eye. As an Olympic rower, I knew that quality sleep would help me … Continued