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September 2015

Sep, 1 2015 9:26 PM
Nicki Weiss

It's a contradiction, I know. How can habits - doing the same thing again and again - be the basis for change?

Well, sometimes you need a habit (creative) to jolt you out of a habit (not productive) that's got you stuck.

Having one...

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March 2015


Mar, 25 2015 9:06 AM
Nicki Weiss

Managing the hornets in your hive
In my spare time, I am one of three co-chairs for the Toronto Beekeepers Co-op. We are a 40-person organization of volunteer urban beekeepers who build and care for 40 hives around the city. We are also committed to educating the public about...

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January 2014


Jan, 14 2014 9:42 AM
Nicki Weiss

When my children were little and I had a hectic work life, I secretly fantasized that I would get into the car and just drive away. Of course, I never did. But I found it comforting to retreat every now and again into this harm less daydream in which I...

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October 2013


Oct, 22 2013 8:35 PM
Nicki Weiss

I’ve been married for quite a while (26 years, and counting). 

Before I got married, I remember thinking the secret to a meaningful life and a good marriage is about being happy. I also remember thinking that I was pretty shallow.

But as I muse, 26 years later, about what gives life meaning, I think the idea of intentionally looking for happiness is valid. While my marriage, like everyone’s, is a journey with major potholes along the way, I think what has helped me (mostly) enjoy it is that I concluded happiness matters.  At some point, both my husband Mike and I decided to pay attention to and place a high value on occasions of happiness rather than on occasions of disappointment or hurt.

I don’t know if Mike would put it this way, but we each decided to assume that the other was acting in good faith and with good intent, even when the other was royally screwing up.

Is yard work trivial or sexy?  

I distinctly remember the day I made a big deal out of Mike’s announcement that he had mowed the lawn. In a flash of insight I realized I had a choice: I could dismiss his announcement as trivial or I could tell him that he and his arm muscles looked sexy as he pushed the mower.

I chose the latter. Yes, I was joking, but in that moment a truth came to light: happiness is available when we look for it. The value and implications of Mike’s mowing the lawn lay entirely in how I chose to view it.

Business is like a marriage

You are in business, whether you work for yourself or for others. And being in business is like being married. You get out of the relationship what you put into it.

If you regard your business as a necessary evil, you'll find plenty to dislike. It will be easy, even natural, to give power to negative thoughts. And the vicious circle of discontent will perpetuate itself.

When you decide that you and your business could be happy together, the relationship changes dramatically. You begin to look at where your gifts and resources can serve your business and vice versa. Instead of asking
why business and work is such a drag, you start looking for crumbs of joy.

And where there are crumbs, there can be cookies.

When you look in the direction of happiness in your business, the more responsive you will be to the needs of your business and the more appreciative you will be of how your business enables you to do the work you love.

 

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February 2013


Feb, 19 2013 9:50 AM
Nicki Weiss

Ignore your employees’ development at your peril

Even during challenging economic times, your best and brightest have options to work elsewhere. If you don’t help your employees grow and develop, they will take their talents to a company that will.

Or they could stay and wreak equal damage...

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January 2013


Jan, 1 2013 9:18 AM
Nicki Weiss

 Did you make the same resolutions in 2011 and 2012 and you really tried to change but you’re still fighting the same battles? Here are a few of my recurring vows:

a. I will not try to be perfect at every task I take on (my new workshop, my marketing...

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December 2012


Dec, 18 2012 9:58 AM
Nicki Weiss

 I am a creature of habit. I like to think that I’ve developed good habits that make my life full and rewarding.

But lately I’ve noticed a small but persistent feeling of discontent in my otherwise happy existence. I started writing down my thoughts to see where my scribblings would...

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Dec, 4 2012 9:17 AM
Nicki Weiss

 A few months ago I wrote an article about Discussing the Undiscussable and received many responses. Many were from manufacturers reps, all of whom face challenging working situations that no one in their offices talks about. This month I’d like to address one of those responses and ask for your...

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November 2012


Nov, 27 2012 9:14 AM
Nicki Weiss

 I just returned from a two-week trip to Peru. It’s one gorgeous country, filled with kind and seemingly unflappable people.

Peru’s geography is stunning and extreme. It ranges from the miles-high Andes Mountains with their hidden Incan communities to the Colca Canyon, deeper than the Grand Canyon, which still supports...

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Nov, 20 2012 9:10 AM
Nicki Weiss

 "If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live." ~ Albert Einstein

I am an urban beekeeper. While fairly new at opening up hives, I’ve been an avid reader about beekeeping for years. I’ve always loved bees, or maybe...

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