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Can you be liquid if the situation requires it?

Liquids take on the shape of whatever container you pour them into. When you think about it, this fluidity and flexibility is a remarkable characteristic – it means that no matter what kind of bowl or pitcher or pouch is used, liquids have this amazing ability to adapt, conform and integrate. And when these liquids are under pressure, it is this very attribute that makes them the source of power in hydraulic systems (used in many applications including vehicle brakes, landing gears in airplanes and raising mechanisms in heavy equipment).

What if people were the same way? What if they were able to adjust, change and fit into whatever situation or condition they found themselves in? Could they too become a source of immense power capable of stopping cars, landing planes, or moving earth (or at least accomplishments of the same caliber)? Possible?

But wait! It IS possible. People CAN take on the physical characteristics of liquids if they need to. People CAN adjust, change and fit into different situations, sometimes even under the most challenging circumstances. In fact, sometimes it's the pressure that brings out the latent strength within them.

So ... can you be a liquid if the situation warrants it? Leaders, are you modeling this type of flexibility and strength for your employees? Are you coaching them to develop this skill? Please share online at my blog at:

Merge scores a hat trick!

It's official – Merge has scored her first hat trick. All three of her most recent "Millennial" columns for The Globe and Mail's Leadership Lab went viral. Go team Merge!! We want to thank everyone who was following along by commenting, liking and sharing. Your support secured our successful cyberspace status. For those of you that want to catch up and join the buzz here are the links:

FYI – just in case you didn't know, a hat-trick is the achievement of a positive feat three times or more, typically used in reference to sports. It was first used in reference to cricket, but since the mid-1940's its usage has been popular in North America, particularly in the sport of ice hockey.

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Merge's expertise sought for an article at

Kristen Gomez staff writer for, a website focused on providing information and products for smart, sophisticated young women who are seeking to better position themselves for success, quotes Merge several times in a recent article. Access the article and add your comments here:

Maintain your sanity under a micromanager

Merge is Bill Good's guest on CKNW 980 NewsTalk Vancouver

Merge joined popular morning host Bill Good on June 18 to talk about – you guessed it – generational differences in the workplace. The conversation, not surprisingly, centered on the negative stereotypes that are often assigned to the millennial generation, and how to get past them. Here is a link to the actual interview on Merge's blog. It's just under 18 minutes long, so grab a cup of coffee first, but I think you'll find it a good use of your time, particularly if you're a leader of a multi-generational team.

Turning Managers into Leaders

That Merge offers one-on-one mentoring to high-potential leaders?

Sometimes being in a leadership role feels like you're caught between a rock and a hard place! Your managers have increasing demands of you – greater productivity, improved customer service, and stronger leadership. Your staff have unrelenting questions and problems – process bottlenecks, escalating workloads, and interpersonal conflicts. And all the while, your time and resources dwindle. You know you're capable of getting things done; after all you have a proven track record that speaks for itself! But, things just aren't falling into place the way they normally do! At times like these, all you really need is a shot in the arm – someone to stand by your side and support you as you assess specific issues and determine your options and consequences. This is exactly where Merge can help! Find out more at our website, or read this Mentoring case study to get a better idea of Merge's approach.

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