work-life synergy

Balance? What about work-life synergy?

I’ve been doing some reading about work-life balance (and how it rarely exists).  Many of us have spent years — maybe even decades — trying to find ways of achieving work-life balance. A primary focus is often, reducing the demands from our work time to allow more “life” time. And, indeed, research shows that idea […]

onboarding new employees

Six ideas for successfully onboarding new employees

We’re lucky people here at Padraig. We get to work closely with some of the most amazing leaders and leadership teams across North America (and, indeed a bit of Europe and Asia too). Not only do we get to help these extraordinary leaders become even better at what they do, accomplish even greater things and […]

How to be a mentor

How to be an exceptional mentor

I sometimes get asked, “What’s the difference between a coach and a mentor?” My answer is usually something along the lines of, “a lot and they can both be really helpful.” What is a coach? If you read this blog regularly, you probably have a pretty good sense of what a coach is. We help […]

When your toughest conversations are with yourself

We’ve written a fair bit and worked with a lot of organizations around Essential Conversations — our workshop program that helps leaders have difficult conversations with others (employees, peers, suppliers, etc). The program works well, has a lot of a-ha moments, and helps leaders figure out how to have the conversations they’ve been avoiding. However, […]