May 16, 2017

I’ve long been a believer in the extraordinary power of stories.  Stories can educate, inspire and connect in a way that information and data sometimes struggle to do.  Some of the most fulfilling work we do at Sway Partners is helping professionals expand their use of...

April 25, 2017

My 6 year old recently had a two week long Spring Break. Eighteen days off if you count the weekends.  That’s like 250 in Mum years.

Her first week was spent at a lovely Broadway music day camp. But our second week was a bit of a scramble.  And since my (and my hus...

April 3, 2017

It is better to learn late than never”

Publilius Syrus: Writer, Mime, Improviser (85 – 43BC)

The best gift my business partner has given me (and she’s an amazing gifter…ask anyone) was teaching me the rules of improv which she learned early in her acting career as a Sec...

July 18, 2016

One of my favourite movies is called “Little Voice”.  It’s the story of an extreme introvert whose only outlet is through her exquisite singing.  Toward the end of the film she is finally pushed to “speak up” to her selfish, domineering mother who has earned the rage t...

June 15, 2016

I am an improviser and I hold an artsy theatre degree so for me, anything remotely related to math feels like the 19th hour of treading water in the middle of Lake Ontario in the month of February.

To this day I flip numbers and have difficulty carrying the one.

I rememb...

July 7, 2015

"Choices are the hinges of destiny."

- Pythagoras (570 BC - 495 BC), Greek philosopher



Only time will tell if Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, did the right thing in putting Greece’s economic future to a referendum. 


On-line opinions are mixed on the appropriateness of...

June 29, 2015

I am on vacation.


I am writing this blog because I’m supposed to.


I’m also supposed to call in, check emails and finish an outstanding proposal.  I’m supposed to book appointments for my kids, follow up on some test results and update my outlook calendar. And even as I...

June 22, 2015

My Dad, William O’Rourke, didn’t run a big corporation. He didn’t hold an elected office.  He didn’t even graduate from high school. But he was the greatest example of leadership for my siblings and me. 


What made him a great father is, I suspect, also why he enjo...

June 11, 2015

My Mum was raised in an era where minding your manners was paramount.  Saying please and thank you, meant you respected your world and in turn, your world respected you.


My Mum was famous for her hand written notes.  


She wrote thank you’s to friends, family, neighbors...

June 1, 2015

It’s a rainy Sunday afternoon and as I watch the French Open I’m thinking about what it takes to be an athlete at the very top of the game.  It strikes me that the most critical factor must be resiliency.  When your opponent is pummelling you, what keeps you going?  Re...

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