Subscribe to sweet musings on life and work

The Whipp is a variety of things — it's the whipped cream on top of your hot chocolate. It's that delicious layer of foam on top of your latte. It’s also my Wednesday newsletter, where I'll share wisdom, humour and insights for professional peeps.

Get a little something extra to help you put wisdom into professional practice.

Get The Whipp

Connect with Christine Laperriere    


The Whipp

I feel blessed to have worked with thousands (yes, thousands) of amazing professionals and I’ve been thinking about how to connect more. Which is why I chose to create The Whipp — my newsletter. You’ll get nuggets of wisdom, a couple of laughs and insights (like the ones below) right in your inbox.

Do you have symptoms of success?

Do you ever catch yourself saying “if I only had this, then I would be happy?” Some days you might be debating with your spouse over an upcoming home renovation, and then woken up at 3:00 am by an upset child, and left laying awake thinking through that difficult conversation with someone at work. A … Continued

How to teach your team to be more resilient

As soon as I opened my mouth at the start of the first meeting working with a new client—a mining company—I was abruptly interrupted by the head of HR. “Sorry Christine, but I may have neglected to mention that we always start our meetings with a ‘safety share.’” I must have given her quite a … Continued

Omit this word and change your life

Let me start by sharing some very interesting facts I dug up the other day. 78% of Americans feel stressed at least one day in a typical week — and 15% of them are stressed every day. Women are more stressed than men, while Gen Xers (ages 41 to 55) are the most stressed generation. … Continued

Time to disconnect

Do you regularly shut off your devices and “leave work”? Do you have specific and agreed-upon hours in which you are no longer “on-call” for answers to work questions? Are you thankful you are not working 24/7 these days like others you know? If you couldn’t answer yes to at least one of these questions, … Continued

Ten things working moms wish their bosses knew

In the past five years I’ve coached almost 400 female leaders, so it’s not surprising that I’ve worked with many top performers as they face the challenges that come with becoming a new mom. Some may have struggled with fertility issues, the emotions around getting pregnant, deciding how and when to share that news with … Continued

Bring Problems, Not Solutions

You have your favorites. I know you do. Those adages and maxims that you pin to your workspace or jot in your planner for inspiration. Don’t bring problems, bring solutions. I always liked this one. The first time I heard it, it struck like lightning. Such clarity and wisdom. Words to live by. But some … Continued

Who were you working for on 9/11? 

The Twin Towers were tumbling. Pedestrians panicked and ran for their lives. Brave first responders charged up staircases into danger zones, attempting to rescue men and women trapped by terror. How did you respond to the shock of two airplanes crashing into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001? Most of us were far … Continued

Zooming Out

This week I had the luxury (yes, luxury) of meeting up with two friends I have not seen in ages due to you-know-what. These friends are brilliant entrepreneurs who historically have spent thousands of dollars and hours on their personal development—like myself. We are usually the first to join a mastermind group or sign up … Continued

Is there crying in business?

If you weren’t around for the famous line from “A League of Their Own,” here’s Tom Hanks (circa 1992) delivering the incredibly famous line “there’s no crying in baseball.” Clearly we can see there’s no crying in baseball, but it poses the question: is there crying in business? A client of mine brought up a … Continued

How to make fearless unplugged vacations a reality for yourself and your team

“I can’t believe how burnt out my team is. And people seem even more frustrated with one another than usual.” I’ve had similar conversations with many clients throughout the pandemic, but something was different this time. This client’s team had been working around the clock since the start of the pandemic, and they were losing … Continued

How to dial up more fun this summer

Last week I was listening to another podcast by Glennon Doyle and had another ah-ha moment worth sharing. Before I dive into the meat, let me start by explaining my values from a young age. I remember believing that I could be anything I wanted to be when I grew up (thanks, mom). I also … Continued

When work goes out of bounds

When work goes out of bounds

We’re living in a world that’s always on. Transitioning to a virtual reality this past year changed the way we communicate, and at the same time, gave our colleagues unlimited—and unmitigated—access. The professional demands we used to be able to leave at the office have permeated our private spaces. You don’t have to be a … Continued

Do you trust me

Do you trust me?

I just published the 11th episode of my podcast, Best Boss Ever, and I’m starting to see a pattern: the best, most influential leaders are also—necessarily—ones that we trust (and the ones that trust their employees). You might be thinking, “Well, obviously Christine.” But I want you to take a second to think about everyone … Continued

The power of 10000 hours

The power of 10,000 hours

How often do you shy away from trying something new because you’re afraid you won’t be good at it? A client recently complimented me by saying I’m a natural at coaching and training. If they’d said that back in 2008, when I’d just begun my business and was worried sick I’d fail, I probably would’ve … Continued

What type of tired are you

What kind of tired are you?

Imagine if feeling rested was as simple as getting a good night’s sleep. I know it’s not just me. Coronasomnia aside (yes, that’s a real phenomenon), I’ve often found myself bone-tired regardless of how many hours I’ve slept, or the fact that I spent all day sitting at my desk. My “aha moment” came during … Continued

How to face a career identity crisis

How to face a professional identity crisis

Many of us are still stuck in lockdown limbo, and there’s no denying that this global pandemic has changed the professional world forever. With home offices replacing cubicles and some job-related perks that may never return (RIP business travel), I’ve found that COVID-19 has forced many of my clients into a career identity crisis. Part … Continued

How to halfass your way to awesome

How to half-ass your way to awesome

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a woman who wants to do it all, sometimes to my own detriment. For me, that means juggling a variety of balls, the most important of which are work, motherhood, marriage, and, of course, my own health and well-being.  But Christine, didn’t you write a book about being … Continued

Will you go Zooming with me

Will you go Zooming with me?

I have a three-year-old son named Xander. He’s adorable (most days) and he really loves superheroes. More specifically, wants to be the Flash. And if you know the Flash, you know that he travels at the speed of light.  So imagine my joy, after eight or nine hours of back-to-back Zoom meetings, when the first … Continued

The upside of being down

The upside of being down

Have you heard the phrase “toxic positivity” lately? There’s a reason it’s making the rounds, and I think I’ve identified it. It’s fair to say that this past year has been more terrible for some, but truthfully, it doesn’t matter whether or not you’ve lost your job, your home, a loved one, or none of … Continued

Finding Success Challenging Times

How to find success in challenging times

Are you struggling to achieve your goals? I know I am—and it’s obviously all been exacerbated by our current situation. (That which shall not be named.) Last time, I talked about the importance of finding your finish line. And while defining my “finish line” has certainly helped me over the last few months, it’s been … Continued

Finding your finish line

There’s a good chance over the past 10 months you’ve heard the following more than once: “Is this over yet?” And if you’re a parent, you’ve probably heard “when can we (insert germy activity here, e.g., have a party with my friends, go to the playzone, swim, see grandma and grandpa, lick doorknobs) again?” enough … Continued

The relation between busyness and happiness

Are busyness and happiness related?

Well, that’s a complicated question, isn’t it? If you’ve read my book Too Busy to be Happy, you might think that I’ve made some sort of mistake in the question. That maybe I’ve gotten my words twisted—but I can assure you, I haven’t.   The question of whether or not busyness brings happiness has been challenging … Continued

How to plan your best year ever

4 questions to help plan your ‘best year ever’

Can I tell you a secret? I love New Year’s Eve. For as long as I can remember, I’ve looked forward to the end of the year. There’s something special about the opportunity to start anew. To wipe the proverbial slate clean and decide how you want to spend the next 12 months, and what … Continued

kindness is the best drug

The power of popping for coffee

The other day, after having a great conversation about the value of empathy and kindness, I found myself feeling not very kind. I was waiting to turn into the Starbucks drive-through, which is my 2020 version of “going out for a drink,” when a woman in a dark blue Jeep sharply turned in front of … Continued

Which alternate reality are you living in

Which alternate reality are you living in?

Please don’t kill me, but I’m going to start with a phrase that this year we’ve all heard way too much: unprecedented times. The reality is that the phrase is so overused because there are so few options to accurately describe what we’ve lived through these past nine months. It’s either “unprecedented times” or “uncharted … Continued

How to dial up your A game

How to dial up your ‘A’ game

I’m taking a new spin on affirmations to calm uncertainty, and help you dial up your “A” game.  If you’re anything like me, 2020 has been a doozy. Boredom may need a rebrand, but that doesn’t mean that the changes we’ve experienced (including heightened fear and anxiety) aren’t deserving of their bad rap.  These aren’t … Continued

Are you suffering from kindness blindness?

What happens when you look for kindness? I once took a course where the instructor asked us to look for kindness for 21 days straight. As someone who tries to be kind regularly, I didn’t expect to learn much, but I was open to giving it a try. As I worked through the experiment, I … Continued

Boredom needs a rebrand

Boredom needs a rebrand 

For as long as I can remember, there’s been something bad about being bored. It started when I was a kid and I’d mention being bored to my dad, who would quickly assign me chores to help “solve that problem.” It continues now as a professional trying to make the most of each moment, given … Continued

Why do we all feel like we’re faking it?

“Hello darkness, my old friend…”  OK, if you heard that line and didn’t immediately start thinking about Simon & Garfunkel, you’re too young to be reading this. But wait! I just Googled that song’s release, and it came out in 1967—which means by that logic, I’m too young to be writing this. So stay with … Continued

How to refuel your emotional real estate during COVID-19

I’ve always made sure to incorporate practices into my days and weeks that refuel my emotional real estate — let’s call it ERE from here on out. Those practices have become priorities and have saved me from staying “too busy to be happy” for long. But then COVID-19 hit and I had to rethink my whole strategy. Here’s how you can do the same.

What do you do when you can’t handle the life you’ve created and you just wish you had more time.

From the outside, your life looks successful. But inside you’re overwhelmed and exhausted. The harder you try to juggle it all, the more burned out you feel, and your attempts to manage it all are not working.

Everyone has a finite amount of emotional real estate to process decisions, change, drama, baggage, and relationships. Too Busy to Be Happy reveals how you can make conscious choices about what you allow to occupy it, and how to defend those choices against the inherent impulse to do it all. With eight practical tools for dealing with the challenges you encounter every day, Christine Laperriere teaches you how to reclaim and boost your energy and work-life wisdom.

It is possible to be successful and sane – to be busy and happy. Too Busy to Be Happy shows you how.

Order Too Busy to Be Happy on Amazon now
Buy Now

Want to build a strong team in your company?

At Leader In Motion, author Christine Laperriere takes a fresh approach to engage with your leaders to transform productivity, improve culture, and retain talent across your organization. She delivers a proven, implementation-based methodology that helps your leaders raise their game and improve their personal performance to ultimately drive positive change across your organization.

Learn more at Leader In Motion