My life was interrupted with a hard slam to the left side of my body. Blogging stopped.  #podcasting slowed down.  Project ADHD in full swing. Multiple book projects at once. I was debating between a focus on personal-business-global transformation, rethinking my website and had several other projects on the go — Project ADHD.  My mind busy, I was paying less attention to my physical and emotional balance than was wise.

Then, while skiing the last day of my stay in Davos after attending the World Economic Forum, I fell. It was a stupid fall. It was the final run of the day, ignoring the whisper that I was too tired to ski out, 50 meters from the bottom I stopped, then inexplicably dove downhill twisting my left arm above and over my head hearing a shredding sound. After getting up from jamming my arm up my shoulder, not surprisingly my arm was useless. I carried on.

I arrived back in Vancouver for two days then flew to Edmonton to look after my good friends ageing cat and many, many, bonsai plants in -37C weather. Three weeks later my left eye gave out. Plenty of large floaty objects and it felt like looking through a dirty screen. Two weeks later back in Vancouver I saw the ophthalmologist and the next day I was in emergency surgery to stop my retina from detaching. It’s been four weeks now since the operation. The eye can see, the shoulder is still sore; overstretched muscles is the consensus of my recovery team. However, the entire experience left me aware of the left side showing an imbalanced aspect and how much visual data I rely on to interpret and judge distance and perception.

Metaphysically the left side is associated with receiving. I love generating high-value content. Of giving to people. Voice. Space. Physical or emotional help. Dedicated to my mission of raising the consciousness of decision-makers, for ten years I’d been promoting others’ voices through my podcasts aiming to raise awareness of the need to take action worldwide on issues of better survival strategies. Now I was decked out on my sofa, all energy going into healing an arm, back and eye. For the first time, my heart and passion felt depleted, all resilience gone.  I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do other than just focus on recovery.

Was it time to give up? To release all hope that humanity would choose to dive deep into the skills needed to restore resilience to the human spirit, life on the planet and the biodiversity essential for all vitality? Would business whole-heartedly accept responsibility for the overdraft on planetary resources, and step up to lead in the regeneration and retrieval of raw materials and life-sustaining systems?  Would and could humans care about all life as a matter of compassion?

Nothing like a body slam to bring you back to reality and need to stay balanced. So yes, I’ve done work on receiving after having cleared out some pesky negative beliefs buried deep in my subconscious that were sabotaging my presence in the world.

It is the beginning of a new period when who I am is who I am. For the depth, the foresight, the insight and all the attributes that assist with making sense of the world and co-creating a better world at hand.

Receiving- Being a Podcast Guest Instead of Host! 

In the midst of the reset, it did not escape me that two people had reached out to interview me for their podcasts. 

A shout out to Garry Turner for including me in his Value Through Vulnerability Podcast. We talk about being homeless for nine years in pursuit of a higher purpose, and what you can learn about complex adaptive systems from personal adversity — a blend of science and the power of the human spirit.

Thanks to Nathanial Schooler for reaching out and have a fun conversation on a wide range of topics for his Business Acumen podcast. We cover decision making, social intelligence, change management, Corporate Social Responsibility.

This month, I’m looking forward to doing an interactive workshop on Navigating the Messy Middle of Agile Transformation April 24-25th for the progressive Cegeka, who recognize the need to widen skills and dive deep. Cegeka’s Agility Days

In the months ahead I look forward to sharing more about how adversity can bring out the deeper innate intelligence and mental and emotional agility needed to work with today’s challenges: personal to global.

Contact me directly for speaking or workshop inquiries. We have much work to do in business, and personally to affect the scale of global change needed to offset the challenges we collectively face. It can only happen by working together.




The global and business issues we face today require full employee engagement and a different thinking. Dawna loves to work collaboratively to evolve and transform workplaces to be more ‘fit’, agile and inspiring. By shifting perspective to expose the invisible elements creating routine results, clients gain the strength and clarity needed to remove barriers to growth. Intelligent and intuitive insights strengthen leadership capacity to use complexity fluently and grow beyond the limitations of profit to achieve greater prosperity and value. To activate a quantum leap in leadership, Dawna started the Evolutionary Provocateur podcast in 2008. Author of Decision Making for Dummies, a speaker and a tad nomadic, Dawna is currently working on using Virtual and Augmented Reality to accelerate business culture change and human potential. An original thinker, she brings personal experience with resilience and transformation to her leadership.


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