How to Reflect on the Past Year in 5 steps

Learning through reflection helps you appreciate the wide spectrum of experiences you have had, both positive and negative. Without looking back and reflecting on what has been, it is easy to make the same mistakes. Reflection is an important part of self-awareness, which is at the heart of self-improvement. Learn 5 steps to help you reflect on the last year so you can set goals for the new year ahead.

Optimize Your Meetings with Meeting Rhythms and Agendas

Meetings are a big part of most of our work lives. Many people characterize them as being a necessary evil, but also generally time-wasting energy vortexes. However, meetings can be powerful in creating strong relationships and supporting clear communication if approached with intention and structure. Learn how meeting rhythms and consistent agendas foster clear communication and accountability to optimize your meetings.

How to Use a Decision Matrix

Each day is filled with a plethora of decisions. When you are feeling overwhelmed by the big ones, try a decision matrix as a tool to narrow your choices and clarify your thoughts. Learn how to build a qualitative or quantitive decision matrix, how to add weighting to your options, and use an objective approach to come to an informed, intentional decision.

How to ‘Happygolf’ Your Life

My husband, Dana Janssen, was the Keynote speaker for the 2017 University of Alberta School of Business Graduation Banquet. He shared lessons from the worst year of our lives when we were “waist-deep” in it. This post has some context on what we went through, some reflections, and how we came out “happygolfing”. Learn more about what “happygolf” means and how to apply it to your life.

The Rebrand Checklist: AgileStyle to Code and Effect

AgileStyle has rebranded, after 10 years, to Code and Effect. It’s an exciting time for us and we are set up for a huge year. It has felt like a long time in the making but after about 5 months, we are nearing the end of the rebrand process. Learn more about why we decided to rebrand, how we came up with Code and Effect, and the checklist we went through to change everything over.

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Social Media, Part 3 – The Ugly

Social media can be an unforgiving and ugly place. It is full of so much anger and hate that it is tempting to want to respond in-kind. It is hard to not vent the pent up frustration through whatever channels we can. However, it is our responsibility to ensure that we are doing our part to engage in conscious and intentional ways that combat the vitriol. Learn some tactics to be part of the solution by taking action and not let ourselves be bystanders.

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Social Media, Part 2 – The Bad

Social media is truly amazing, but it is simultaneously a source of great distraction. By making decisions about who you follow, what you consume, and when you consume it, you can better equip yourself to filter through all the noise and find great value. Learn some tactics that will help you get through all the cacophony and be more intentional about how you engage with social media.

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Social Media: Part 1 – The Good

Social media is an incredible way to connect and learn from others. It provides amazing opportunities to interact, which also means there are pitfalls for sharing things you might not want everyone to see. This is the first of a 3-part series on the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of social media. It includes some strategies around the good part of social media (connection!) including being intentional about what you post, sectioning, and ensuring your privacy settings are properly configured so you can effectively manage your social media footprint.

Practicing Gratitude: Looking Back at 2016 to Look Forward to 2017

I had every intention of writing a 2016 year-in-review but struggled to capture the right tone. It was a hard year and one that I am relieved to be done with, but grateful to have experienced. As I reflected on everything that happened, through many drafts of this post, I decided that I wanted to focus on gratitude. Instead of a reflection on 2106 as a whole, this post is a reflection on the things that I am grateful for and how I have been trying to practice gratitude in my life.