Author - Julia Menard

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...

Walking out conflict

When we are in conflict, our cortisol levels rise and all manner of dumbing down occurs in our brains. Stressed brains simply do not learn the same way. Conflict is not an intelligence and health enhancer. One new revelation in...

Stress is enhancing and signals growth

There is some new research on stress that might surprise you! Kelly McGonigal, a health researcher, psychologist and Stanford academic has been studying the debilitating effects of stress for over a decade, but then came across a...

Release and relax

Just before Christmas, I had a major setback in my computer life. My harddrive crashed and I lost data from the spring of 2016 to the end of this year. Additionally, I lost all my contacts in my email program and then transferred...