University Peer Health Engagement Workshop

This past weekend I was at the Toronto Peer Health Network’s annual symposium to facilitate a workshop on peer engagement. There were around 60 student leaders in the workshop who run peer health education programs at universities and colleges around Toronto. They’re working with their peers right around the age when all sorts of mental and physical health issues can emerge on top of learning to live independently and start a career–it’s a complex time for behavior change and difficult to

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Create a Customer Portrait to help guide you through your business anxieties.

When I’m working with individuals on helping them overcome their mental health challenges, I often tell them that it’s okay if doing something healthy makes them feel anxious, to just do it anyway. And that’s also something that successful businesses learn as well, especially entrepreneurs. It doesn’t matter whether you like doing something or don’t like doing something, if it’s one of the actions that’s going to make your company healthy, you have to do it. It’s difficult to see

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Health is the implementation of innovation.

Especially if you’re ill, being healthy is a transformative innovation. But innovation is difficult. And not because coming up with innovative ideas is tough–just listen to a 3 year old talk for an hour and you’ll probably hear a million innovative ideas about how to get to the moon or defeat ninjas. Innovation is difficult because implementing innovation and getting from Step A (the innovative idea) to Step Z (the innovation as functioning reality) requires lots of collaboration, dedication, and

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Let healthy project values guide your actions.

When it comes to anxiety disorders, the anxiety often gets blamed as the source of the problem, but really it’s our reaction to anxiety that’s unhealthy. Anxiety is normal. But attempts to cope with, check on, or control uncertainty lead to compulsive behaviors with negative impacts on our health. This is as true in business as it is in our personal lives. When people encounter uncertainty (and the resulting anxiety) at work, they experience a need to be certain, and

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