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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.

How to dial up more fun this summer

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

Can I ask you a strange question?

Last week, my husband and I visited a new local food shop in our area. We were standing there looking at the menu when the man behind the counter said, “Excuse me, sir, can I ask you a strange question?”  Both of us were a bit startled. My husband agreed, and the man proceeded to … Continued

Making time to feel something is doing something…

Friday, after my morning shower, I walked out of the bathroom to my husband standing in the doorway waiting for me. Although he rarely cries, his eyes looked full of pain. He said, “did you hear…. baby… text… did you…” Although he never got the words out, my brain started to slowly knit the pieces … Continued

Wild

A lesson in leadership from the wild

Leadership in the wild is very different from the leadership we see or experience in corporate life.   After my podcast interview with Jeff Barrett, the Founder of Blue Mountain Wild school, I was giddy. I was excited because it made me think of leadership differently and with a fresh perspective. Let’s consider the stark contrast … Continued

Is this a feeling or an opinion… and why it matters.

You call a friend on the phone to ask how they are doing, and they say, “Uh, Oh, I’m so busy…..,” They identify with being stressed and busy. But I always wonder if under the veil of “I’m so busy,” they are trying to communicate how they are feeling. Early in my career, I can … Continued

Do you get paid for your time or your value?

I recently had a challenging but thought-provoking experience with an interior designer. I had this renovation project I wanted to do, and I quickly realized I lack creative thinking around interior design. So, I found a referral for an interior designer. Shortly after I paid the retainer, I began getting invoiced by the hour or … Continued

3 Types of Runners and how they get work done differently

I recently spoke with a client who shared a challenge she had with her VP. From her perspective, it seemed like he lacked a sense of urgency at the right time. He leads a team of leaders who are all managing multiple complex projects that, in the end, are interdependent for the final product to … Continued

A fresh approach to making big life and career decisions

I’m coaching a client who has reached an excellent level of success in his career. And he called me to sit down and talk through his decision-making process around what he wants to do next. Some of his thoughts:   “Hey, you know, if I, if I work really hard, I could potentially take on this … Continued

“Mommy, I’m sad.”

“Mommy, I’m sad.” Me: “Honey, why do you feel sad?” Him: “Just because… I just can’t make my body feel happy.”  This was a conversation I had with my son Xander numerous times over the past 24 months. The pandemic began just as he turned two years old. It seemed that within just a few … Continued

Do hard-working professionals miss out on happiness?

If you are like me, you have, at times, had a complicated relationship with happiness. Knowing that we’ve been blessed with many resources and freedoms that other people were not born into, personally, I feel I should always maintain a smile. Something like, regardless of our circumstances, we should always be able to muscle our … Continued

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

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.

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