Just an average guy


The world needs to get beyond leadership based on the "gift of gab," "flattery" and "gladhanding." Those "skills" do not actually translate to true collaboration or even cooperation. They're talking sweetly about his skill at distraction and even deception. Those are actions to make you think things are okay even when they're not.

UPDATE: We ALMOST gave a conspiracy theorist a platform


It’s a cautionary tale for any volunteer-run, non-profit organization. The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a respected association of professional communicators that has been around since 1970. Which is why I was shocked to learn that an upcoming professional development conference in Banff on October 27th featured Vivian Krause as the opening day … Continue reading UPDATE: We ALMOST gave a conspiracy theorist a platform

How about we not give conspiracy theorists a platform?


In early September, I was going through my email inbox reading and deleting the crazy amount of newsletters I’ve subscribed to (note to self: stop subscribing to so many) when a familiar name popped out from my screen.   Vivian Krause, lobbyist, writer and researcher in Canada (and Alberta) is known for her association with … Continue reading How about we not give conspiracy theorists a platform?

The Day After: Reflections on International Women’s Day


Another International Women’s Day has come and gone and along with it another round of clever hashtags, hopeful social media posts and frankly, hollow pledges of support. We’ve been through it before. Some of us have been through it more times than others and after a while, there’s a certain fuming cynicism that sets in. … Continue reading The Day After: Reflections on International Women’s Day

Why Trudeau’s reversal on electoral reform is so risky


This past week, Canada’s prime minister announced an about-face on a major campaign promise -- electoral reform. Sadly, he barely blinked as he explained his reasons for betraying voters. Meanwhile, the world was spellbound as President Donald Trump proceeded to honour his campaign promises…one-by-one. Such is the sad, confused state of democracy in North America … Continue reading Why Trudeau’s reversal on electoral reform is so risky

Miss Cranky Pants: Calgary Liberals try to feel the momentum


Calgary federal Liberals gathered last night at Fort Calgary for a fundraiser for the upcoming by-election in Calgary-Centre. The event was advertised on Facebook as “Feel the Momentum.” After sitting through the evening’s festivities, feeling the momentum was a bit of a challenge for this cranky Liberal. Despite an enthusiastic and reinvigorated riding association board … Continue reading Miss Cranky Pants: Calgary Liberals try to feel the momentum

Miss Cranky Pants: The problem with the middle


Facing increasingly polarized political positions, some members of the Liberal Party of Canada seem to be lobbying for a campaign that specifically brands Liberals as being in the “middle.”  The centre may be a place to govern, but it is not the campaign messaging that will help the party regain relevance. Here are five reasons … Continue reading Miss Cranky Pants: The problem with the middle