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Happy Spring! I am almost afraid to jinx its arrival is finally here. Although, my children did enjoy having their only snow day off from school over the whole year in mid-April!
Right now, our family is in the process of trying to get our life back to normal after my husband, Jeff's diagnosis of advanced esophageal cancer in September.
He took off 6 months from work for chemo, radiation and a massive 7 hour surgery. Can you believe that this is the first sick day he has ever taken in his life? Throughout elementary, high school, university and his entire work life up to the age of 44 years old, he has always been so healthy that he has never had to take a day off. And then, his first day off was for a life-threatening cancer.
Jeff has gone back to work part-time this month. He and I have both chosen jobs we have said we would continue if we were to win the big lottery! So, I do believe returning to something he loves will be good for his mind.
Speaking of our minds, I am continuing to teach Executive Development Courses at the University of Waterloo. My next Mindfulness course for Leaders and Busy Professionals is on June 4. I teach powerful tools I have learned from top experts across the country as part of my continued brain injury recovery. But, I will now be adding some of my own lessons that have been so powerful in helping me navigate my life and work throughout Jeff's cancer journey. Click here to sign up for this one-day session. I'd love to see you there!
Enjoy the ride!
Chief Engagement Officer
How to Become A Vulnerable Leader That Resonates With Your People
"With each passage of human growth we must shed a protective structure. We are left exposed and vulnerable, but also yeasty and embryonic again, capable of stretching in ways we hadn't known before." Gail Sheehy.
I can't help but be struck by the irony of me writing an article on vulnerability. The "I" of 10 years ago would have known very little about this topic. In fact, I might have thought for me to show vulnerability was a sign of weakness, even though, I very much respected those who demonstrated this quality. I just seemed to have my own set of rules for myself.
But as I am sure you have found in your own life, time and experience shapes us and moulds us into who we were meant to be versus who we planned on being.
I must say that as I continue to recover from a brain injury of almost 6 years now, I have heard whispers within my mind of lessons that I am learning through each stage. Patience, letting go, mindfulness, compassion and gratitude have all been my gifts through the pain. My latest gift comes through my husband's cancer journey. And this is vulnerability.
Read more to learn how to become a more vulnerable leader.
Today's Thought: "To show your weakness is to make yourself vulnerable. To make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength." Criss Jami
Carey-Ann Oestreicher (pronounced O-striker), Chief Engagement Officer for Potential Unlimited, works with individuals and companies to help them reach their full potential.
Nominated as one of Canada's Most Powerful 100 Women, Carey-Ann has held a variety of senior positions including vice-president level and she has worked in industries such as: financial services, automotive and transportation, publishing, cosmetics and fashion.
Carey-Ann's media appearances include CTV's Canada AM, Global TV's Survivor series, CBC NewsWorld, TSN. She has also been quoted in numerous publications such as The Globe and Mail, Chatelaine and Canadian Business magazines.