• Impossible

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: You may know I’m a keener for window seats when travelling, and this mountaintop and its surrounding lakes are examples of both the harshness and beauty of our planet.

  • Expressions

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: Spending time outdoors on beautiful, windy days such as yesterday, you know you’re alive! I was perfectly content to soak up some of the spray from the Pacific while walking in Vancouver’s West End. These images are unedited, natch; these shades of blue were nature in all its splendour.

  • Journeys

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: After speaking for IMA, International Management Assistants, in Gothenburg, Sweden this spring, I caught a ferry ride to the centre of town and began exploring. I always like venturing inside train stations, and that’s where I can across the Metropolitan. I didn’t eat there, but liked the colours and aspects of the design.

  • Grateful

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: In a Delta, British Columbia pumpkin patch four years ago. I’m thinking of American friends as you celebrate Thanksgiving today. We mark the occasion in October in Canada, and it’s a good thing or local pumpkins would have been long past their prime!

  • Insight

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: New York City’s Central Park late last month. We’ve been to NYC in the autumn before, yet this visit was well timed. The colours were spectacular.

  • Always

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: the sun seemingly dropping in to the waters off Bridgetown, Barbados. I was there in 2019 to speak about governance and onboarding, and the scenery was spectacular.

  • Wishes

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: A few months ago, I made a second visit to Amsterdam. I met and enjoyed time with friends from IMA Netherlands, and loved being back. This is a wonderful city to explore by foot, although canal cruises offer good opportunities to view the city from another perspective.

  • Beautiful

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: Ah, timing. I was in NYC again in late October and early November. That’s when I caught this leaf drifting downward, with the backdrop of Central Park’s Bow Bridge and gorgeous fall foliage.

  • Skills

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: In New York late last month and early this month, I returned to one of my favourite spots, Central Park’s Conservatory Garden. Lavish beds of these flowers encircled the courtyard that houses the Three Dancing Maidens sculpture (part of the reason I love this garden so much) that forms the Untermeyer Fountain.

  • Influence

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: Sunday was a beautiful day for a walk along the beach. Here, Vancouver’s snow-capped North Shore mountains.

  • Please raise your mug to Frank

    Please raise your mug to Frank – and think about people who’ve impacted you on your career journey.

  • Grand

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: Last Monday brought Vancouver its fifth earliest recorded snowfall. There was only a short-lived dusting, yet enough to create wonderful contrasts with all the fall colours on display.

  • Remember

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: There are more than a few traffic roundabouts in our area. They’re in place as traffic calming measures, and the city has a program through which neighbours plant and care for gardens within the roundabouts. This poppy, which is symbolic of Remembrance Day, grew in a Cypress Street roundabout.

  • Trust

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: In New York City late last month, I made a return visit to Central Park’s conservatory Garden and its marvellous Three Dancing Maidens, also known as the Untermeyer Fountain. Just three days before November, the garden was ablaze with colourful chrysthanthemums and fall foliage.

  • Advice

    A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: We woke to an uncommon sight in Vancouver yesterday … snow! This marked the sixth earliest snowfall on record in Vancouver. It was beautiful and only a light dusting, and made for a striking contrast from the fall colours vividly on display.

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Weekend Polls - where assistants around the globe have their say

Weekend Poll: Are you a perfectionist?

Do you like having all your ducks in a row? It’s one thing to be organised, or well prepared before we embark on a project, a report or initiative. It’s another to require everything to be just so before you…

Weekend Poll Results: Grammar and business writing

Do you consistently proofread your work? That’s one of the questions I asked readers in a recent Weekend Poll. I also asked about how consistently you proofread different types of work, including minutes and emails. For some, the answer depends…

Weekend Poll: Your Insights on Quiet Quitting and Quiet Firing Amid Everything Else

Septembers have changed In my newsletter yesterday, I reflected on just how much times have changed. While some of you will see your respective offices filling up once again as September gets underway and people return from their vacations, that…

Impossible

A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: You may know I’m a keener for window seats when travelling, and this mountaintop and its surrounding lakes are examples of both the harshness and beauty of our planet.

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Expressions

A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: Spending time outdoors on beautiful, windy days such as yesterday, you know you’re alive! I was perfectly content to soak up some of the spray from the Pacific while walking in Vancouver’s West End. These images are unedited, natch; these shades of blue were nature in all its splendour.

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Journeys

A thought for your day, featuring photography from my travels. This shot: After speaking for IMA, International Management Assistants, in Gothenburg, Sweden this spring, I caught a ferry ride to the centre of town and began exploring. I always like venturing inside train stations, and that’s where I can across the Metropolitan. I didn’t eat there, but liked the colours and aspects of the design.

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