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 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...

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 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 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...

May 14, 2015

Is it just my perception (possibly my age) or does bad behaviour seem to be on the rise?  We see it in social media where terribly nasty things are said behind the protection of the screen.  We see it on the road where middle fingers fly for any perceived wrongdoing....

May 4, 2015

I discovered early in my career that I did not know everything and if I wanted to succeed I would need the help of others.  I also learned, much to my surprise and delight that:  if thou ask…thou shalt receive.


And so I asked.  Early and often.  I asked for help i...

April 30, 2015

Okay, now that I have your attention let me tell you why I think every aspiring leader should attend Dog Obedience training.  Well, what did you think this post was about?


Late last year, my husband and I decided to expand our family.  Enter Maggie.  The gorgeous girl...

April 6, 2015

Do you ever try to imagine your own funeral and what people will say about you? While it may sound maudlin, it can be a useful exercise in adjusting perspective.


Recently I was honoured to join in the celebration of a wonderful man named James (“Jim”) Gardner who sadly...

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