PowHERtalks Vancouver - Authenticity By Drew Stewart

This past Saturday we attended the Vancouver PowHERtalks event, where Christina was one of the featured speakers.  The speakers at this event surpassed my expectations and really delivered their message in a way that has stuck with me in these following days. There were eighteen different speakers, with each bringing a different story/topic to the stage. However, all of the talks were connected in that they had an undercurrent theme of authenticity. As pointed out by the MC of the event, @JYCFinancial(who did an amazing job entertaining the audience and adding further depth to the speakers) this commonality within their message was subtle and done without the speakers discussing it ahead of time.

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While I enjoyed all of the speakers, I would like to give a special shout out to @Maggiwoo@WhisperYVR, @Heather2020 , @Victoria_BPP and @ginaknowsbest. Their talks were engaging, personal and resonated with me despite me as a man, not being the target audience.  Lucky for the people who could not attend, videos of all eighteen women will be available on the PowHERtalks YouTube channel soon.

In the tradition of saving the best for last, I wanted to reflect on Christina’s talk regarding conflict. What makes this topic so great is that it is truly universal and for most of us, unavoidable. We all encounter conflict. Whether it be in the workplace or in our personal lives, it is something that we all have to deal with and how we deal with it can have very serious effects on our lives. Christina did a wonderful job articulating how conflict can be a great opportunity for something better. She’s creating a Conflict “Revolution.” Let’s change the way we see conflict as something negative and head running for the hills to avoid. So often, avoidance leaves us with all those same terrible feelings and awkwardness we experience when we actually confront conflict but it doesn’t give us any of the benefits. It generally ends up with us hating the outcomes because on the other side of that avoided conflict we didn’t get what we wanted. We were not authentic and we simply rolled over and convalesced. Christina does a much better job articulating the benefit of conflict with her PowHERtalk and we will post it on our website as soon as it is available, I strongly urge you to check it out and be part of the Conflict Revolution.

Lastly, another special shout out to @sanjenko  for putting on another great event that we are proud to sponsor and be a small part of. For more information regarding PowHERtalks, please visit www.powherhouse.com

Group Photo Credit to Laura Grizzlypaws and Christina’s photo courtesy of Krysten Merriman

The Best Teams Thrive on Conflict by Drew Stewart

When you think of a highly functioning organization or team, the perception is quite often the same.

”They all get along so well because they are very similar and know what each other needs.”

“They always seem to be in agreement and it is a very harmonious place to work.”

“They think and act as one and have so much in common.”

Sounds like a nice place to work doesn’t it? The question is, does this kind of environment deliver the best possible results?   Chances are, probably not. What most high performing teams need is a little bit of conflict. It is probably highly unnatural for most people to actually invite conflict into their lives. However, the benefits can be extremely positive.  Increased engagement, improved productivity and fresh ideas are just a few of the benefits that can come out of conflict. Now in concept, this is a fantastic idea. However, conflict needs to be managed and handled in the proper way. Not every organization is equipped to deal with it. Your workplace needs to be an environment that builds trust and respect and allows a variety of differing opinions to truly work and effectively manage conflict.

The topic of conflict in the workplace is broad and it doesn’t have nice cookie cutter solutions. Approaches to addressing a process like conflict resolution needs to be considered carefully and will depend on one’s current workplace culture.

Thankfully due to the robust nature of this topic, it allows us the opportunity to discuss it even further at the upcoming PowHERtalks event in Vancouver on Jan. 30th, where Christina is one of the 18 invited speakers.  For more information on this event please click on the following link:


We would love to see you there.