The Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy have been deemed essential workers by the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern. In a wondrous touch, she adds that “if the Easter Bunny doesn’t make it to your household, then we have to understand that it’s a bit difficult at the moment for the bunny to perhaps get everywhere.”*

More than a poignant story, this exemplifies true, wise leadership – setting an upbeat yet realistic vision, acknowledging fear and uncertainty, communicating with authenticity and humor.

To all celebrating holidays this week or month – Easter, Passover or Ramadan – may your holiday be sustaining and meaningful.

career coaching with Freda Marver

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https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/04/07/828839205/the-easter-bunny-is-an-essential-worker-new-zealands-ardern-says

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I like to think that what we’re doing isn’t social distancing but physical distancing. We are staying physically apart from one another, but it is imperative that we not become socially isolated. Please reach out to those you know who may be alone or who don’t have access to video chats. And if you are feeling alone, please reach out to someone you know. We may not know you are feeling lonely, and it is

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“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good.” ~Elizabeth Edwards

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I hope you are faring well and staying safe during this uncertain time! With the spread of COVID-19, I want to do what I can to keep all of us safe – including my clients, their families and close connections, and the entire community. I’ve been experimenting with how to keep my office “clean,” from doorknobs to water coolers to passing materials back and forth, and let’s just say: it’s challenging! I’m also realizing there

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“I get up every morning determined to both change the world and to have one hell of a good time. Sometimes, this makes planning my day difficult.” — E.B. White

Welcome to 2020! It’s the start of the new year, and for many of us, we reflect on career changes we’d like to make: I want a job where I get to make a difference in the world, or have more opportunity to shine, or to be more engaged and have more fun.

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Photo 1: In the studio; Photo 2: With Angela Davis I was recently a guest on MPR’s Angela Davis show discussing introversion in the workplace. Behaviors that are highly regarded in professional settings are often challenging for introverts, such as speaking up in meetings, being outgoing, and socializing at happy hours. Another guest, Sequoia Holmes, elaborated on an article she wrote, Black Women Aren’t Allowed To Be Introverts, in which she discusses the particular challenges

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