Archive | February, 2014

Problem Solving from a Spiritual Perspective

11 Feb

There’s lot written about problem solving in the workplace, but today I want to take a different approach. I’m going to share with you a bizarre story, and the bottom line is this: to solve a problem, you need to be wide open to that bigger picture called intuition.

What’s that bizarre story I’m talking about? It all goes back to that moment when I was lost in the Gatineau Forest with my nephew and the sun was starting to set. It was a moment of desperation. But even more so, it was a moment that demanded that the problem be solved.

This week's Spiritual Intelligence theme is
This week’s Spiritual Intelligence theme is Problem Solving

From a Spiritual Intelligence perspective, problem solving means the ability to find solutions by focusing on the bigger picture. It is the ability to understand what else (community, faith, religion, life purpose) has an impact on the decision making process.

We’d been lost in the forest for hours. One moment we were on the path, and the next we were somehow way off without any path, person or direction in sight. It’s one thing to go on a nature walk, it’s quite another to feel entrapped by the towering trees and total lack of direction. As the time passed and I realized we weren’t going to solve the problem simply through aimless walking, I decided to tap into the bigger picture. You might say I was feeling rather desperate. I tried to quiet my panic, and instead focused on that which I believe is bigger than us and my sense of spirit. Through a prayer, I asked for help. I put my confidence in an outside force that this was going to work out somehow.

When we have the confidence to problem solve, whatever the situation (board room, client meeting, middle of the forest…), once you find the trust and belief that something or someone somewhere has your back – you become empowered. I don’t mean that they’ll swoop in and rescue the situation, but rather that you have a sense of support, and a deeper confidence. The deeper the confidence, the better the ability to problem solve.

ForestFor me it was giving the situation over to God. I’m not saying that’s what you need to do, but what if there was something bigger than yourself you could call upon? Maybe the wisdom passed on from your ancestors, or the energy of the women in your network, etc. You define that bigger picture.

What happened next as we were in that forest. A squirrel appeared. For some reason, I decided “Hey! Let’s follow it!” which is exactly what we did. That squirrel lead us around, and eventually took us to a path. We followed the path and exited the park. Bizarre but true. It was a problem solving leap of faith.

Now it’s your turn: When have you taken a big leap of faith, or given up the problem to some greater force? Feel free to comment below, and don’t worry – we won’t judge your use of intuition or connection. There are aspects of ourselves that the business world doesn’t always foster, such as that intuition and connection. Here on this blog, it’s all about that side of the success story.

So go on and leave a comment. I’d love to hear your stories!

Till next week!


Talking Vocation with Lisa Weiss

3 Feb

2013 Lisa J WeissThis week we are excited to introduce Lisa Weiss of I of the Storm Coaching and Consulting. If you participate in networking, then you know it can lead you to some wonderful people. Our Sister Leadership researcher, Norma Goldsmith met Lisa during a networking event and they hit it off. When we were looking for a passionate woman to feature for our Spiritual Intelligence series on vocation, Norma had just the person for us.

Lisa Weiss is a passionate coach and consultant in Ottawa. Her coaching approach is about tapping intuition and taking that moment of pause. Lisa helps her clients “create a safe space that will allow you to get curious about, and let go of, the why’s and how’s involved in the life you have created for your Self and step into claiming the life you deserve.”

This week's Spiritual Intelligence theme is

This week’s Spiritual Intelligence theme is Vocation

So how does SI vocation play in Lisa’s career? From our Sister Leadership perspective, vocation is  a special urge, inclination, or predisposition to a particular calling or career to meet our spiritual needs. A calling to make a difference and to give meaning to one’s life purpose; a feeling that we need to serve others, to give something back to our community. With this in mind, let’s hear how Lisa has experienced vocation in her life.

1. Lisa, how do you make a difference in people lives? Can you provide an example where an outcome was affected by your spirituality?

I invite individuals to consider a different process in which to engage themselves in order to choose what is meaningful to them. The difference I feel I make is I model what is to BE mySelf, and tell the truth of my experience. In that way I become the invitation for others to discover another way of BEING and ENGAGING in their world.

I am a WEL-Systems® Institute Affiliate, and Registered CODE Model Coach™. This means I engage a threefold process:

– I introduce a body of knowledge that provides a different context from which to consider our lives.

–  I use the CODE Model™ as a process of inquiry.

–  I engage a process called Quantum TLC that redefines how we make choices, moving us from our head into our body.

Every event in my life is affected by my spirituality. My belief is that how we define spirituality makes the difference. I define it as ‘connection’ to my higher Self. Therefore, every outcome is affected by my spirituality in relation to how much I am connected, or not connected, to my higher self as an internal reference point. When I engage my life externally referenced, meaning looking outside of me, my life looks very different from when I engage myself from the sensory cues I get internally.

The biggest example of an outcome was discovering I was depressed and ‘dying’ on the inside due to all the choices I was making. I didn’t even know I was depressed because I was ‘happy Lisa’. I was making choices resulting in me folding in on myself. Once I owned the truth of my experience, based on the sensory cues in my body, and began to choose differently, my life changed. On the outside some would say my life was falling apart, I knew it was falling together. I am now FULLY AWAKE and LIVING!

2. How do you know that you are on the right track to be ‘in purpose’? Who is your role model who inspires you to have a meaningful life? What are their three strengths?

I check in with my body and notice the sensations moving through me. The essence of who we are is always speaking to us, through the sensory cues. Feeling hot, cold, muscle spasms, tightness, heaviness, lightness, etc. At this point in my life I am acutely aware of all that moves inside of me as energy and information. When I’m not on track I feel it. When I’m ‘in purpose’ I feel a great expansion inside.

The person who has modelled a very different way of BEING, and who has inspired me the most in the last five years is Louise LeBrun, Founder of the WEL-Systems® Institute. She provided the invitation for me to consider my life differently and to discover who I am. For me, her strengths include:

–  her deep connection and commitment to herSELF,

–  her willingness to see what she sees, hear what she hears and know what she knows, and,

–  her unshakeable trust in her capital ‘S’ Self.

This may sound odd, however, I inspire me to live a meaningful life. My belief is, if I cannot inspire myself how can I possibly inspire anyone else?

3. What practices (e.g. yoga, walking in nature, etc.) keep you engaged in the flow of purposefulness?

The only thing I ‘do’ as a practice is engage mySelf in every moment of my life.  That means I check in often. I engage a process called Quantum TLC, which tunes me into the energy and information moving within, and then I trust the impulses that emerge. So it looks like all that you mentioned. If the impulse is to go for a walk, I do, if it’s to work out, I do, if it’s to call someone, I make the call.  I also am constantly engaging in deeply meaningful conversations with others. I see every conversation as an opportunity for me to discover MORE of me, when I choose what is meaningful to me my world changes.


We thank Lisa very much for sharing her time and insights with us on vocation. If you want to engage further with Lisa, check out her facebook page and website.

So now we’re turning to YOU.

What is your vocation, and how did you know it was your calling? Also, how has your vocation evolved with your experiences? Have you always been drawn toward one purpose, or has it varied?

We’d love to hear from you on this. So, get down to that comment section and share your thoughts – feel free to link in your business as well, so that we can all network here together in Sister Leadership.

Till next week,


(I’m off in Bequia this week loving the sunshine. There are a few pics over on the Sister Leadership facebook page. You are welcome to visit and enjoy)

Camille Boivin is founder of Sister Leadership, certified in EQi 2.0 and EQ360, a master practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), has been coaching high-level women and men for over six years, and is now opening her expertise to those emerging in business. Camille pulls her blog topics from her unique coaching approach that combines her training as a EQi 2.0 and EQ360 certified facilitator with the dig-deeper tools of NLP.

Get in touch here if you’d like to talk with Cam about group or one-on-one coaching, and EQ assessments. With the miracle of Skype and telephones – distance is no issue!

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