E118: Driving change during a downturn with Richard Batchelor

E118: Driving change during a downturn with Richard Batchelor

Driving change during a downturn


I get a chance to sit down and chat with the infamous Rich Batchelor, who is a global Organizational Change Management guru and disruptor. We are always told to embrace change, but COVID-19 has definitely been more than most people have bargained for. Rich and I really get down to talk about how to navigate change, when it’s so disruptive. 


How did Covid-19 change you during the downturn? What actions did you take? Let me know in the comments below.


Rich has been successfully delivering change for over 25 years. He is a founding member of the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) and founded the Toronto Change Days conference, a hands-on weekend of fun learning about change unlike any other change conference in North America!

He has a masters in change management and is certified in Project Management, Process improvement, Facilitation, HR, Coaching, Counseling and Psychotherapy. He is also a Certified Lego® Serious Play® Facilitator & Workshop Designer, VUCA Canvas accredited, Certified in facilitating organizations through uncertainty and complexity and an accredited emotional culture deck “elephant rider”!


In this episode:

  • The importance of change with people, not TO people
  • We talk about #epicfails
  • Difference between education and training
  • He introduces me to his friend, CARL
  • How to engage people in this virtual world
  • How to do stakeholder management virtually
  • How to have impact & influence
  • How it’s okay to not be okay
  • And so much more


Plus, I share what I’m currently curious about and it’s not quite what anyone expects!

Organizational change management is truly an essential business life skill that we should all master. It’ll help build your confidence and become your own secret sauce.


Connect with Richard:


I can’t wait to hear your feedback

Please stay safe and healthy.

Best Always,


P.s.  Have you checked out the latest FREEBIE? A downloadable Gratitude journal. That way we don’t forget all those amazing things that we are grateful for. I think we’ve discovered a lot.

E117: COVID-19, The Adult ‘Time-Out’ is a Gift w/ Jessie Lynn MacDonald

E117: COVID-19, The Adult ‘Time-Out’ is a Gift w/ Jessie Lynn MacDonald

Hey Innovators,

COVID-19 is always on our mind, it’s what everyone is talking about.  We look at the COVID-19 for the things that it took away from us, but what has COVID-19 provided us?  Did COVID-19 actually give us a gift? Is this an opportunity?

I sat down with Jessie-Lynn MacDonald. She helps clients break through self-imposed limits, fears, struggles, and challenges and awaken to the beautiful and infinite potential within.  She is brilliant beyond belief! She helps parents, children, individuals, schools & companies, and consults globally.  She’s a well sought out individual.   

The Adult ‘Time-Out’ is a Gift!

We have a lively discussion about COVID-19 and the impact and she sees this time as an opportunity and a gift! We chat about: 

  1. The impact of on our minds, clear blue light versus a snow globe
  2. How stress is a love note to your body
  3. How to identify stress signals
  4. The power of autonomy
  5. She gives a big secret!
  6. Embracing our inner child
  7. How empathy enables us to be more kind & forgiving to ourselves and others
  8. Loneliness versus Boredom
  9. Value of recognizing ‘grumpy goggles’ 
  10. And so much more!

In fact, I admit that I may secretly want to be a gamer!   We are all going through this change curve differently and it really allows us to become that diamond!

I think you’re going to really enjoy this episode. Please stay safe 

Connect with Jessie Lynn:

JessielynnMacdonald.com | Twitter Facebook

Best Always,

P.s.  Have you checked out the latest FREEBIE? A downloadable Gratitude journal. That way we don’t forget all those amazing things that we are grateful for. I think we’ve discovered a lot.

E116: How to beat procrastination and be productive during the Covid -19 Pandemic w/ Paul Minors

E116: How to beat procrastination and be productive during the Covid -19 Pandemic w/ Paul Minors

Paul Minors is a productivity blogger and virtual consultant. Paul grew his business “on the side” while working full-time and now consults to companies all around the world helping them with tools like Asana, Pipedrive and Zapier. Paul’s website now receives 100,000+ visits per month and his audience of 43,000+ email subscribers love hearing about how to be more productive in business and life.


How to beat procrastination and be productive

I got to chat with Paul Minors, who is based in New Zealand.  He’s quite the inspiration for a variety of reasons. First, he started off his business as a ‘side-hustle’ and then quickly discovered that Productivity is his ‘How’.  As we are all in this COVID-19 situation, we may find ourselves with a little more time and maybe it’s time to shift into trying a new adventure of starting a small business. So here are the topics that we covered on how to beat procrastination, the power of time blocking and so much more.

  • How to beat Procrastination
  • The value of stop starting
  • The magic of time blocking
  • How tasks are good intentions
  • We also somehow end up talking about baking, Lockdown Loaf

I hope you’ll enjoy this episode and more importantly, staying safe.



“You can be more productive if you follow the right habits and if you are disciplined enough to follow the right routines and use your tools and technology correctly.”

“By being disciplined, you’re following better routines, you’re being more productive, and if you’re getting more done, and being more efficient with your time, you’re actually creating more freedom in your life now because you have more free time. Discipline is like a prerequisite for freedom in your life.”

I'm a big fan of this productivity method called time blocking I don't know what it is actually called, but I call it time blocking or block scheduling you have probably come into different terms before but it is basically this practice of taking task and maybe you have a task list or a notebook with it to list of things that you need to do, or maybe it is just in your head whatever it is, you are taking the task that you need to do and you are actually putting them on into your calendar and blocking up time to do that task.”


Connect with Paul:

PaulMinors.com |  Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn


Resource Links:

Productivity Blueprint

Productivity video training

Paul Minors Podcast


Gratitude Journal

FREEBIE ALERT – free downloadable Gratitude Journal pdf!  Another great resource, that may tap into a new hobby or interest.

E115: Explore your curiosity during COVID with Julie Shum

E115: Explore your curiosity during COVID with Julie Shum

Hey Innovators,

Are you finished baking and looking for other ideas to entertain yourself… well… I have the perfect guest.  I get to chat with Julie Shum, who has been a friend for over two decades and she always provides me with the perfect boost of inspiration. I’m so #Grateful for having such a down to earth, inspirational friend


  • Discover how Julie’s injury led to finding a new hobby that she’s completely obsessed about.
  • How to tap into our inner child to discover other avenues ‘ 
  • “I wonder…” The value of not overthinking and just going with the flow
  • Tapping into our creativity through resourcefulness
  • Julie provides ideas from gardening, handwriting, donating hair and so on…

Julie has a wonderful outlook on life and always finds opportunities at every twist and turn… 

Get ready to get inspired! 


Connect with Julie:

 Instagram: @lovemelettering or @creativesassembly


I think you’re going to really enjoy this episode. Please stay safe 

Best Always,

P.S. Add the hashtag #gratefulmindset  and tell us what you’re grateful for. 


P.P.S – FREEBIE ALERT – free downloadable Gratitude Journal pdf!  Another great resource, that may tap into a new hobby or interest.

E114: Could COVID-19 actually kill Narcissism?

E114: Could COVID-19 actually kill Narcissism?


As we all embrace and adjust to the ‘New Normal’, the impact on humankind is going to be instrumental. The biggest thing that we have just been reminded us to stop and be really present.  

I was reading a Facebook post and it just summed it up completely. This person talked about how much has changed in three (3) weeks for him. He mentions in this post that 3 weeks ago he was unhappy with his job, overwhelmed with work, wanted to lose weight, canceling on friends to just stay at home to relax, irritated with traffic, talked to his mom once a week, irritated with elevator wait times. His point was that 3 weeks ago, he took everything for granted. Today, he is grateful for his job and how busy it is, how he misses human interaction, he calls his mom every day and now is afraid to take the elevator.

Isn’t this the truth? Three weeks ago all those things that we complained about are now the things that we are grateful for. We are all starting to really gain a different perspective and re-learning gratitude. Could COVID-19 actually kill Narcissism?

Narcissism has been growing more and moreover the past few years.  The Wikipedia definition of Narcissism is “the pursuit of gratification from vanity or egotistic admiration of one’s idealized self-image and attributes.  This includes self-flattery, perfectionism, and arrogance.” Have you ever fallen in love with a Narcissist? You lose yourself in order to feed their ego &  make them happy. 

Narcissism has been a social-cultural problem for many years and was growing exponentially, as many people post pictures of their amazing life of perfection to create the illusion of FOMO  (Fear of Missing Out).

The world has a common enemy, the COVID-19 virus. Not neighbors.  We all have a shared vision and mission to save lives. Simon Sinek’s book, ‘Start With Why’.has really opened up our eyes to the power of having a shared purpose.  Our worldwide shared purpose is ‘Stay at home and save lives’. We get to be heroes in our own stories. I know that I am so grateful for all the front line workers that are putting themselves at risk every day. This episode is dedicated to the health care workers, pharmacists, those in the food chain supply chain, waste removal services, and all the other front line workers.


The stories that I’m reading every day, shows how communities and nations are coming together to solve this epidemic crisis together.  There is no shortage of stories from inspirational to educational.  

The stories just keep continuing. Check out these 35 stories that Bored Panda released and Solidarity is spreading as the COVID-19 crisis continues

What perspective have I gained? For me personally, I’m more focused, more present and putting health first. I have newfound pride when I clean my house, daily. I am so grateful that there are groceries available, that I’m now spending more time on food prep and cooking more with purpose. I want to make sure that I stay healthy, so I am definitely eating cleaner.  It is something that I never had enough time to focus on. I’m less wasteful and only purchase what I’m going to use for that week. I also grocery shop for ten people every week and deliver it to their porches. It provides me with a sense of purpose and protects others. 

 As a society, we are going to be more:

  1. Gaining perspective & resetting priorities – Being in the present
  2. Grateful for the smallest and simplest pleasures
  3. Strengthening relationships digitally
  4. Created a stronger sense of community and neighbors, 
  5. We are learning to listen with intent – deepening listening & understanding
  6. Learning to be resourceful, not wasteful
  7. Kindness & compassion is more there
  8. Putting our health & well-being first, so that we always protect others

Do you know what the opposite of narcissism is – empathy, compassion for others, humble, modesty, treating others the way they want to be treated? There is no shortage of kindness out there. This is the time, where good will triumph over the bad. Where we all send prayers and love to people, strangers, acquaintances and loved ones. So, yes. I do believe that COVID-19 will kill narcissism and reset society. 

The society transition has already begun. Have you noticed that as a society, we have all changed how we end a conversation – from ‘bye’ or ‘see you later’ to stay healthy & safe?

Sending you all lots of love and I really hope everyone stays indoors and safe! 


Best Always,


If you enjoyed this, then you may be interested in this episode about the Importance of Gratitude. This is when I learned what the true meaning of gratitude is, you may get a little emotional.


Another little gift for you. I’ve created a FREE Gratitude Journal PDF for you to download. 

Be grateful every day, as it really is a gift that will help us continue to evolve humans everywhere. 

E 113: 7 Tips on how to deal with Overwhelm

E 113: 7 Tips on how to deal with Overwhelm

Life is always a rollercoaster! Lately, I’ve been overwhelmed by all the key activities that are in my life. It doesn’t help that I have a heightened sense of urgency. I like to get things done. It’s my favorite mode. Come up with a strategy, a plan to execute and just go!

But, how do we deal with the overwhelm? First, let’s define what Overwhelm is. I like to define it as ‘treading water’. You’re doing everything just to keep afloat. We’ve all experienced this feeling. It's just hard to see the forest from the trees. It’s just hard to see the plan/ where you’re going, the ultimate goal. 

The truth is the chaos that you’re feeling, is coming from inside. Yup, we have lots of things going on in our heads. We need to find a way to take a breath, prioritize and break them into smaller chunks of activities. It does sound way too easy. But I’m here to take the complexity out of it.

Here are a few strategies:

  1. ELEPHANT: First, we need to acknowledge the elephant in the room. Acknowledge that you are overwhelmed. That’s always the first step.
  2. UNDERSTAND: Why do you feel overwhelmed? Too much to do? Too much to focus on immediately? Too many backs to back appointments/meetings? Not being able to say No?  
  3. BREATHE: Take a big breathe and recognize that everything is fixable and solvable. We just need to figure out our options. 
  4. BRAIN DUMP: Write down everything on a list. Just get it all down on paper. Just keep listing things. Whatever is on your mind, just get it out of your head and onto paper. One centralizes list. 
  5. NOW: What are the biggest priorities? What are the immediate items that you need to right now?  Not just now, but NOW NOW. When I was working in South Africa, they had three (3) definitions for Now. There was just now, which meant within the immediate future. Then, there was Now, which meant within the hour or so. Then, there was NOW NOW, which meant, drop everything and focus on it now. So, what do you need to do NOW NOW.
  6. ACTION: Are there items that you could outsource/automate/not do/eliminate/delegate? I’m a fan of the not-to-do list. My sister is great at this, she looks at her calendar for the week/month and highlights the days that she will need help with the kids. She gets proactive so that she can plan. The other day, I was struggling for time to do the grocery shopping/making a deadline and doing pickups.  So, I got food delivered and decided to grocery shop online for delivery. Boom! #NailedIt! Next….
  7. POWER OF NO: There is a way to say no and it really provides you a way to take control. We often feel guilty for saying NO, but we shouldn’t. We are not saying NO forever, but saying NO for the immediate future. I wrote a blog about HOW TO SAY NO ELEGANTLY. It is often hard to say No, but people will thank you for being honest and managing expectations. 

We need to recognize that being ‘Superman’ or ‘Superwoman’ is not about taking on so much.  It’s about leveraging the people & resources around you to drive towards a goal/a vision. 


Here are a few resources: 


PODCAST EPISODE: I did a podcast episode (E110) with Mr.Productivity himself – E 110: Overcome roadblocks by becoming more productive every day with Mr. Productivity, Mark Stuczewski

ARTICLES: Overwhelmed? These 6 strategies may help


Thank you again for your time and I really hope these tips help you. It has definitely helped me more times than I can count! Feel free to share with your friends or others that are struggling.   We all need help and friendly reminders, that we are not alone in feeling this way.

Best Always,

Here are some FREE resources thart you might want to check out

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