Our values are not found in the positions or roles we play, but in the quality of the interaction we bring to everything we do.
Robert Chisholm's strong belief in fairness, social justice and public service informs his life choices. He worked with the Canadian Union of Public Employees in Ottawa and Atlantic Canada, where he was Atlantic Regional Director. He served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia, the Leader of the Nova Scotia NDP, the Leader of the Official Opposition and as Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour. He has served on the Boards of Directors of numerous organizations including Dalhousie University and the United Way of Halifax.
Today, Robert works with organizations and individuals who look to turn their visions into realities and their opportunities into results. He uses his experience, skills and values to provide strategic support for leaders and their teams during times of change, challenge and crisis.
As a principal at Simon Chisholm Consulting, Robert assists his clients by offering a confidential and respectful environment for solving problems. He understands that by building and maintaining respectful and authentic relationships, individuals and organizations will have a greater opportunity to achieve their goals.
Robert has a Master's Degree in Sociology, a course on Leadership in the 21st Century from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, certification in Negotiations and Dispute Resolution and is a Registered Corporate Coach (RCC) with the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC).
In his spare time Robert loves to golf, run, play hockey and read.
Passionate about social justice, Paula Simon worked at a senior level in the field for over 25 years with both the Federal and Provincial governments in three different Provinces. She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Social Work from Dalhousie, as well as four negotiation and mediation certificates from the Harvard Negotiations Project.
Paula is an intuitive and passionate believer in relationships and human potential. Undeniably spirited, she brings a genuine interest to every encounter. Paula believes you and your organization can achieve their highest potential through authentic behavior and conscious decision-making.Paula understands the importance of giving back to her community. She's been a volunteer board member of of Phoenix Youth Programs, the IWK Health Centre, Big Brother Big Sisters and President of the NS NDP. Paula currently serves on the Board of Governors at Dalhousie University.
Paula has recently published a book entitled, "The Gift of Loss" which shares her journey with Robert though the loss of their son to a life of hope, joy and gratitude. For more information click The Gift of Loss.
In her spare time Paula likes to paint and write.
Fundamental to the success of your organization is the alignment of personal with organizational values/purpose.
We will work with you to:
Confidential conversations focused on supporting your desire for change. If you are willing to explore why and how you do your work, are committed to replacing habits that cause you problems, with habits that better reflect your purpose and meet your professional and personal goals, we can help you achieve success.
I wanted to share an interesting and important article I found. It provides a fascinating look at the world of the entrepreneur. And I would suggest many leaders who 'lose' themselves in their respective roles.
In the case of entrepreneurs, as this research project shows, when they over-identify with their business it creates serious barriers to psychological wellbeing and in fact, the success of the business. I see this dynamic in my work as a coach and spend a lot of time focussing on personal values and purpose to help my client identify themselves where the gaps exist between who they are and what they do. Awareness then leads to attention and action. Check it out here: Part III: A crisis of character — THE MINDSET PROJECT
I mentioned in my last 'thought' about how leaders sometimes hit that point where they are, "omg things are out of control, I'm so busy I don't feel I'm doing justice to anything or anyone!" I suggested it was so important to help them get it all out, then slow it down and help them breathe. I was with someone just last week who was in this state and by the end of our session he felt better, calmer, could see things as they were and had some hope things could get better.
Amy Jen Su's December 2016article contains an assessment tool for leaders trying to cope that is really effective. Once you complete the assessment she rates your responses and then she offers a strategy that is really clear and helpful called the 4 P's.
The first is Planning, get yourself organized, the second is People, let those around you take a piece and if you have to say no to people (and you do) she suggests how to say it with grace. The next is Priorities, look back, look ahead, then set your goals based on what matters. The final P is being Present, pay attention, listen to how you feel, get frustrated if you must but then move on, do your best and get the job done.
I love the simplicity of this model and simplicity is what I think is the important part of effective coaching. Here is the link to the assessment tool and another fantastic article through Harvard Business Review ()
Lead and/or support principled negotiations. We believe negotiations can lead to successful outcomes when conducted ethically, with respect and fairness and a commitment to sustainable relationships . We can lead or provide support for negotiations internal and external to your organization.
Resolve conflicts and build relations inside and outside the organization. Conflicts arise and can be satisfactorily resolved with respectful communication and the identification of shared interests. Resolving disputes fairly and respectfully recognizes the value of relationships to those involved and the organization.
We believe that authentic relationships are the cornerstone of great work. We help individuals and organizations identify their key questions and inspired solutions. We will engage with you in processes that encourage truth telling and acknowledges that wisdom comes from within. In this way we will help you tell your story, and bring life to your organization’s values.
We believe that things happen ‘for you’, not ‘to you’. Whatever is happening in your personal and professional life, presents an opportunity for learning and growth. So rather than being a victim you become a ‘leader in your life’.
Some of the guiding principles we bring to every engagement: