Author - Julia Menard

Listen with curiosity

When I’m called in to help work relationships which have gotten unproductive or toxic, one of the things I do is coach the conflicted parties before they enter into any kind of joint meeting. One of the things we tend to...

Radical care

I read a book by someone who did her PhD on examining cases of radical remissions in cancer. Kelly Turner’s research included a year-long trip around the world interviewing 50 holistic healers and 20 Radical Remission cancer...

Our compassionate nature

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the...

Holding conversational spaces

“In conventional collaboration, we move forward by agreeing on the problem, the solution, and the plan to implement the solution, and then executing this plan… But when we are in complex, uncontrolled situations, we...

Summer celebration

Traditionally, the summer is my time to replenish – where content is slim and rest time is large.  Summer is the time to kick back, relax and reconnect with and nourish our bodies! This summer month I want to offer you a...

From allegation to concern

One of the realities of being human, I’ve come to believe, is that most people are afraid of bringing up conflict. We tend to avoid the issue by either pushing ourselves away (avoiding) or by getting angry and thereby pushing...

Is a conflict grinding you down?

Einstein said: “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” When I wrote Hold On To Yourself – with co-author Judy Zehr, one concept we wanted to share was the...

Feeling valued at work

I am working with one of the best teams in the world! This is a team that actually invests time in its own well-being. They meet regularly to share ideas and coordinate, which a lot of teams do. However, they also meet to be...

Reptiles First

Image courtesy of Creative Commons. In my work, I have often said that we are “animals first.” Sometimes, people interpret that to mean that humans are, therefore, somehow brutish and nasty. What I mean is that our...