Idea #7: When you must, be formidable

The final idea in our 7 Ideas for Life: An Antidote to Polarity series.
Enjoy this blog post & podcast. … More Idea #7: When you must, be formidable

Idea #6: Decision-making is a precious power  

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Idea #6: Decision-making is a precious power.
Who is speaking for you? Making decisions that affect you?
And, when are you speaking for others and making their decisions?
Decision-making is a precious exercise of power. And if you do it thoughtfully, you can use this power to break down polarities. … More Idea #6: Decision-making is a precious power  

Podcast: Playing Games with Energy Innovation

It’s an old story, but a familiar one:

If first you don’t succeed, try and try again. But what if you try and try and try and it still doesn’t work?

And so here I am, bright and chipper on a Monday morning in the offices of a familiar spot, the National Energy Board. I’m joined by enthusiastic champions of energy innovation who want Albertans to ‘think different’ and embrace the future.
Listen here to a podcast sharing what happened, this week, with energy innovation in Alberta.

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I’m Mad As Hell & I’m Not Going to Take this Polarity Anymore!

I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this polarity anymore! … More I’m Mad As Hell & I’m Not Going to Take this Polarity Anymore!

Idea #5: Imagination builds bridges

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Idea #5: Imagination builds bridges
When you focus on building walls, leaning too heavily on minor differences and ignoring the fundamentals, you can tend to define yourself by what you are not.
How do you build bridges with people who aren’t in your organization, people who don’t look or think like you? Real bridges. Not just namby-pamby feel good gestures. … More Idea #5: Imagination builds bridges

Idea #4: Know Where You Lead From

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Idea #4: Know Where You Lead From
In times of uncertainty, we need insiders, outsiders and people who lead from the edge of the inside.

Especially in the building of bridges between rigid and polarized positions, leading from the edge of the inside can be creative, constructive and energizing. … More Idea #4: Know Where You Lead From

Idea #3: Befriend the like-hearted

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Idea #3: Befriend the like-hearted.

It’s easy to get stuck in echo chambers. To listen to people who share our point of view. We like talking to people who agree with us. But it risks feeding polarity. … More Idea #3: Befriend the like-hearted

Podcast Series: Alberta Bound-Unbound-Rebound

There are real chokepoints in the flow of Canada’s energy. And, in Canada’s confederation. Threatening to turn off the energy taps to fellow Canadians isn’t something Alberta, or any province, does lightly.

Here’s a podcast series that provides a timely window into our world as Albertans in Canada:
#1 Alberta Bound
#2 Alberta Unbound
#3 Alberta Rebound … More Podcast Series: Alberta Bound-Unbound-Rebound

Idea #2: Treat YOU like the ones you teach

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Idea #2: Treat YOU like the ones you teach.

All of us are educators. We’re role models. And mentors. We teach others, not so much by what we say, but by what we do.

Read the blog, or listen to our podcast!
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We’ve Added PODCASTS to 7 Ideas for Life: An Antidote to Polarity!

We’re delighted you enjoy reading our series, 7 Ideas for Life: An Antidote to Polarity.

Now, you can listen to them too! We’ve added podcasts to complement our written articles.

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Repost from CBC: Albertans Don’t Play the Victim Card Lightly

The structure that has held us together is in Canada coming apart. We’re at a defining moment for our energy — the energy economy, and our energy as a people.

What do you think we can do? 

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NEW PODCAST > Idea #1: Step up, shoulders squared

Promised you 7 Ideas for Life: An Antidote to Polarity
Well, here is Idea # 1: Step up, shoulders squared.

 To step up, with your shoulders squared, is to accept that there are people in the world who want you on their side of a polarized issue.

It’s a reminder to yourself that there is a personal responsibility here, to see those dichotomies.

And, it means you are prepared to at least consider when you want to take on the burden of wading into the debate.  … More NEW PODCAST > Idea #1: Step up, shoulders squared

NEW PODCAST > 7 Ideas for Life: An Antidote to Polarity

Are you tired of living in an either-or world? Weary of people taking rigid, polarized positions. Done with being manipulated.
Angry at being put in a victim position, imposed upon, spoken for, and assumed.
Then we have some ideas for you! 7 Ideas for Life: An Antidote to Polarity. … More NEW PODCAST > 7 Ideas for Life: An Antidote to Polarity

Play Ping-Pong & Build Legacy

Nobody thinks ‘medium-term’.
Generally, we think short-term. Occasionally, long-term.
When you have short term in one hand, and long term in the other, there are trade-offs. But it’s not like you think ‘short-term’ Monday to Friday, and longer-term on the weekend.

So, how do people do this? How do you hold short-term & long-term in both hands, at the same time?

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About Donna Kennedy-Glans

About Donna Kennedy-Glans Over a 34-year career, I’ve worked as a politician, a writer, an energy expert, a lawyer and founded a non-profit. My home is Calgary, Alberta. Born into a farming family in south-western Ontario. Crossing boundaries is my ‘thing’. Not just geographic boundaries either (though I have worked on projects in over 35 … More About Donna Kennedy-Glans

Repost from CBC: My father’s death, and why we all need to think about what we cost the health-care system

In the midst of my personal grieving, I’m grateful to a health-care system that made my father comfortable in his dying days. He didn’t feel vulnerable. He wasn’t a specimen on a table. He died with dignity.

I am thankful for a system where other people helped pay the price to make that happen. At yet, at the same time, I recognize we can and must create a better system. We need to face reality, but face it together — let’s open up a real conversation.

When it comes to our health-care system here in Alberta, we have choices. We are confronted with hard choices. Collectively, and individually. We can keep pussy-footing around and hope things just get better.

Or we can recognize our blind spots, and take steps in the direction of improving how we actually deliver health care in our province.

But to do so, we must, must, move beyond the way we currently frame the discussion. We need new ideas in the marketplace of ideas. We Albertans need to think about our personal, individual costs to the system. And we also need the marketplace. … More Repost from CBC: My father’s death, and why we all need to think about what we cost the health-care system

Skin in the game

I admire people who put their necks on the line, and share risks. I don’t admire people who try to push off risks, unfairly, to other people. Or people who fake having real skin in the game. And, I get downright formidable when someone with legitimate skin in the game is exploited by someone with no skin in the game, at all.
What skin do you have in the game? Who else has genuine skin in the game, and who doesn’t? And, if someone with no skin in the game is trying to exploit you, here are some ideas! … More Skin in the game

Steeling Up for Slippery Slopes

If you are a Canadian right now (and maybe an American too), you may want to gag. 25% tariffs on steel unless you renegotiate NAFTA the way I want, says Trump.
What can we do? Well, I’m going to suggest something a little old-fashioned. Let’s be prudent. That doesn’t mean we’re uncertain about what’s right. It means being scrupulous about finding the best means to get where we want to go. … More Steeling Up for Slippery Slopes

Un-Canadian #Un🍁

Canada celebrated its 150th birthday last year. Compare what we have to other places, and you’d be hard-pressed not to be grateful. Yet there is a risk that our country will become un-Canadian. Maybe not intentionally. But out of neglect. Out of indifference.  Or our habit of identifying ourselves in contrast to the Americans. 

Lately, I’ve found myself frustrated by happenings in Canada, to Canada, and by Canadians. I’m seeing self-inflicted wounds. Increasingly, I’ve been pointing it out, tagging acts as #Un-Canadian in my Twitter feed and Facebook posts. 

To illustrate, let me share some of what’s, in my humble opinion, un-Canadian. And, I’d like to hear from fellow-Canadians. What are you seeing? Heck, I’d like to hear from anyone with an opinion on what’s happening to Canada & Canadians.

Are we suffering some sort of identity-crisis? Is this something to worry about, or to embrace as growth? … More Un-Canadian #Un🍁

Re-calibrating the power of guns

All those “if you aren’t with us, you’re against us” people in the world want you to pick a side in this battle over guns. Their side. Ban all guns vs. Arm everyone.

I’m suggesting something a little more creative. Give it a shot! … More Re-calibrating the power of guns

Female, feminist & formidable

We’re in the middle of gender chaos right now, hell for some. There are so many facts flying, it’s hard to make sense of it all. I’m a feminist and a female. I should feel formidable. Some moments I do. But my feelings are mixed. … More Female, feminist & formidable

Capital D: Dad, Duty, Dignity

My father is motivated by a super-sized sense of Duty. He’s just been diagnosed with an incurable cancer. He’s chosen quality of life over quantity of life.

As our family moves into full-on palliative care, I’m thinking about this overwhelming sense of Duty that drives my father. Where did it come from? Is it like cancer—in all of us but only manifests in some?

What motivates any of us? It’s a question I’ve been asking for decades.
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Fantasy League: Drafting the “Eh” Team

No slight intended to the REAL Canadian trade negotiators…but here’s a fantasy league that may be fun. If you were the general manager of Canada’s trade team, who would you draft? … More Fantasy League: Drafting the “Eh” Team

Cradling Joy & Sadness in both hands

My 30-year-old son is to be married on New Year’s Eve, to a woman we all adore.

And my 82-year-old father has just been told there’s a 99% likelihood he has lung cancer. The growth in his left lung so vast, the upper part of his lung has collapsed.
How do I hold such intense joy and such intense sadness? Together. In both hands. At the same time. … More Cradling Joy & Sadness in both hands

Darwin’s Curse: evolve or perish

In Calgary, we’ve laid out the red carpet for Amazon. We’re hoping to lure Silicon Valley types to our cooler stretch of the Rockies. I’m encouraged by this. Not just because we need their tax dollars and jobs, we recognize that we need a strong infusion of risk-taking DNA. Sometimes we get bound up in our peace, order & good government roots.

In my crystal ball, I see Albertans remembering how to strive together, take risks, compete. … More Darwin’s Curse: evolve or perish

Repost from CBC News: The sexist language of politics: Both men and women need to change

“We can’t call men out, and then use sex or sexist language back at them,” writes former MLA Donna Kennedy Glans. “I don’t encourage women to grow a thicker skin. To lighten up. But I do encourage them to observe their reactions to both sexist criticism and fawning adoration. To be wary of both. To … More Repost from CBC News: The sexist language of politics: Both men and women need to change

Black Friday: I’m not buying it!

I’m not buying it!
Companies tout themselves as ‘sustainable’. Then dare to sell me consumer goods designed to be obsolete in an all-too-short while.
I’m fighting back! … More Black Friday: I’m not buying it!

Brain Health: Of course we can do better

My great-grandfather Maurice Elliott died in 1944 after the uninsured barn on their farm burned to the ground. He left behind his widow and nine children.  

Only as an adult did I come to know his death was a suicide. It wasn’t my grandmother or father who told me. For them, it was a deeply buried secret. 

We now have the science available to look at someone’s brain in an MRI and diagnose whether or not that person is depressed.  

With other health challenges—cancer, heart disease, kidney stones–we rely on diagnostic tools and trust the science.

How do we get to that same level of certainty and acceptance with brain health? … More Brain Health: Of course we can do better

Who is making your decisions?

Making or influencing or blocking a decision that affects others is a big deal. It’s a choice, a skill and a responsibility. Marrying dignity to decision-making is an investment not only in the humanity of our choices, but also in the potential of actually getting something done, of actually moving forward. … More Who is making your decisions?

CBC Repost: Conservative, Liberal, Progressive? How to define yourself without labels

Originally published November 4th 2017 Conservative, Liberal, Progressive? How to define yourself without labels CBC Report: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/donna-kennedy-glans-calgary-future-road-ahead-political-identity-1.4387347