2018 Session Description

Yes, And … No, But

For adults • 90 minutes
Category: Tools/Techniques
Thursday 10:45am • Centennial 15
Time and location subject to change (what isn’t?)

Ah, isn’t the life of the creative collaborator great? Walking around in perfect harmony, the love abounds all thanks to those simple two words that we hum as our mantra, “Yes, and…!”

But wait a minute. Some of the best moments of growth have come from the times when we have had to deal with “that person” across the room who has just “No but-ted” our best idea and offered up the stupidest thing (eye roll) we’ve ever heard.

On the bright side, some of the best partnerships (personal and professional) are those where we start in opposite corners and figure out a way — quite often a better and more interesting way — to solve our challenge, pitch our product, or move forward with a new idea. Disagreement and conflict can be key elements that invite light into our lives.

In this session we will explore how the perfect imperfection of wabi-sabi includes a healthy dose of push and pull and having to work through it.

The Skinny: 3 things you will do in this session

  • Clarify how you approach conflict through self-assessment
  • Gain insight into how you interact when in ‘full combat mode through a fun and harmless activity
  • Explore practical ways to introduce and work with disagreement to create beautiful wabi-sabi moments of growth in your life

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Janeen Halliwell
Toronto, ON

Janeen Halliwell is a principal consultant, facilitator and trainer with People Minded Business. PMB works with human and health service organizations to advance new thinking and drive innovation. Janeen is on a mission to introduce co-design & creative problem solving ‘power tools’ worldwide, with the aim to elevate people using services (people with disabilities, mental illness, brain injury) as co-designers of their supports.

Janeen has worked in Canada, USA, Australia, Mexico and UK, and she has taught for two universities. She is passionate about her work and her annual passion project, ‘We Move Forward,’ a 4-day International Women’s Day conference she founded in 2012 – it is held on Isla Mujeres, the Island of Women, Mexico.

Janeen strongly believes that you’ll never feel more alive than when you feel a little scared, and strongly encourages individuals and organizations to explore and take risks. Janeen has a MA in Leadership and Organizational Learning.

Janeen is a returning presenter. Click to see what they’ve presented in the past.


Paul Fleming
Toronto, ON

Paul’s “Hell ya, I can do that” career has given him a unique perspective on the corporate world. As the VP of Fuel with Combustion, a global butt-kicking learning and development company he works with clients to develop programs delivering ninja-level soft skills while covertly and fundamentally changing people and organizational cultures. His fully geeked-out alter ego passionately researches the 4th industrial revolution and its likely effects on, well, everything.

Mashing together over 25 years of experience working in consulting, broadcasting, advertising, and entrepreneurial ventures Paul delivers a fresh and thought-provoking take on where work needs to go. He sits on the Advisory Board of Management Studies at Humber Business School and the Leader Project at the Ivey School of Business (where he’s worked with on the ground with entrepreneurs in Haiti and Lithuania).

Paul is a returning presenter. Click to see what they’ve presented in the past.


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