Seven tips for greater charisma

I must confess: I wasn't comfortable with the title of my latest Guardian Masterclass: Boost your authenticity and charisma: a masterclass in personal magnetism. As confident and proud as I am, the Canadian in me [...]

2019-11-28T22:16:20+00:00November 27 2019|

Learning to swim (better)

Recently I've been thinking about how much I love learning. Learning for the skills and knowledge acquired, and also just for its own sake. And I think it's important to never stop learning. At least [...]

2019-10-04T21:29:28+00:00October 4 2019|

Just a man making videos

I'm currently making a video for work. Actually, I've been making a bunch of videos for work recently. And by making I mean I've been doing everything from writing scripts, shooting on location, directing, doing [...]

2019-08-22T09:48:46+00:00August 22 2019|

On turning 42

Here's a snapshot of Arya and I enjoying some zoo time. Photo by Geordie Aitken. Now I’m 42. So far it's going well. I mean I did have a bit of a backache, [...]

2019-08-06T13:48:08+00:00July 31 2019|

The Shorts Rebellion

It's hot these days in Amsterdam. So I wore shorts to work. And let me tell you, did that rock the office. When I walked in on Monday morning I had people of all levels [...]

2019-07-24T20:35:20+00:00July 24 2019|

The power of teamwork

We were so organized this morning I had time to take a picture of my kids sitting together on the couch! Today is day two of having two parents working. That means the [...]

2019-07-17T10:31:34+00:00July 17 2019|

Embracing my JOMO

  This year, I spent King's Day, the Netherlands’ biggest and best party of the year, in my pajamas. My kids weren't feeling well, and therefore we never really entertained the notion of going out. [...]

2019-04-30T10:17:55+00:00April 30 2019|

The Amor Fati of it all

I was having a difficult time at work recently. Unhappy boss, unmet expectations, creeping self-doubt. Piling deadlines. Everything was stressing me out. All in all really negative. And then, at home, we've been dealing with [...]

2019-05-21T13:49:37+00:00April 17 2019|

Becoming Irish

Back in 2003, I decided to apply for an Irish passport. I was going to be studying abroad in the Netherlands, and was informed that a European passport would smooth my navigation through the Dutch [...]

2019-05-19T12:56:43+00:00March 11 2019|
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