As a Personal Development Strategist, people I do not even know are reaching out to me for book recommendations. I actually love it! As an avid book listener and reader, I always have lots to share (so feel free to reach out!), but I thought I would round up the best three books I read in 2020!


I chose ‘Untamed’ by Glennon Doyle as the first book for the book club, and it did not disappoint. My highlighter was constantly in use highlighting my favourite quotes, and I refer to this book daily.

As a woman, it was an…

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We all have the best of intentions when it comes to building habits for our lives. On Sunday night, we sit in front of our journals or computers and say, “this week, I will _____”, and it can be a number of things.

Perhaps it is to eat healthily or go for a run every single day, or maybe it is to learn for 30 minutes a day.

Building habits is highly personal, but there are a number of ways you can help make them stick in your life.

1) Make them visible

In the case of habits, in sight and in mind should…

When we have a goal in mind, it seems so easy to plan for and think about in our minds. “I just need to do this” or “I’ll just start on Monday”, and although this may work for some, it will not work for all. When starting a new goal, such as a healthier way of eating or reading routine, we want to set ourselves up for success.

In my personal experience and time with my clients, there is one technique that spells out our success in a very clear way. Habit tracking.

Habit tracking is a method of tracking…

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It seems silly, right? Someone using a personal development assessment for “evil,” but as someone who has facilitated over one hundred MBTI and TKI assessments, I have seen many ways that the tools can be used for negative personal or professional reasons.

As a personal development strategist, I thrive seeing clients or workshop participants get the most out of a session. Few things fill my heart more than seeing someone have an “aha” moment about themselves due to an assessment.

On the other hand, I have seen folks misuse a personality or skill assessment in a negative way that impacts…

Like everyone else, I recently have taken up bread making as a past time. I got some sourdough starter from a trusted friend and got started! I threw all the ingredients in my mixer, let it rise overnight, and followed the instructions explicitly with hopes of having delicious bread.

You can imagine my sadness when the first loaf of bread I made was uncooked in the middle and so was the second loaf I tried to make. I followed the recipe, sought advice, and was willing to do just about anything to make it work.

At that moment, I decided…

Talking, thinking, asking about money as a woman is taboo, but it doesn’t have to be.

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The topic of money is cringe-worthy, especially for women. We are taught from an early age that we should not talk about it, ask about it, or even seek it.

It is rude, or is it?

I grew up similarly. I had no idea how much money my parents made, how much a living wage was, or how much my work was worth. I took my first job out of University and never even thought about negotiating a salary. You could ask someone for more money, you say?

I used to fill every spare moment I had with development. I am not joking. I would walk to the bathroom and plug my earphones in to catch 5 minutes of a podcast that might serve me long term. Have I learned a ton of things over the last five years? Yes.

Have all of them been helpful to my emotional well being and self-esteem? Certainly not.

I have spent years listening or readings items that made me feel terrible about myself. …

Why Brené Brown is a leadership staple for women in management and how to implement some of her practices today.

Photo of Brené from from her famous Ted Talk.

I am a long-time Brené Brown advocate and supporter. As a female manager, I have given her books as gifts more times than I can count. I have given this Daring Greatly to stone-cold, seemingly emotionless folks and I have given The Gifts of Imperfection to folks who love to read self-help and are inundated with messages of development.

Any time a new Brené Brown article, book, Netflix show or podcast come out, I am tagged relentlessly by friends and family. It leads to the question: Why do I support and believe in Brené Brown so much?

It is simple…

We, as a society, love to learn. We thrive on it. Many of us are constantly reading Medium pieces, listening to impactful podcasts and spending our spare hours reading books for our personal development.

I am no different. As a personal development coach, I am consistently looking for new ways to better myself, find new ways for clients to connect with themselves or engage with literature that is helpful to reflect on. It is not uncommon for me (and many others) to have a few podcasts on the go, an audiobook ready for a morning workout or a countertop of…

I am a huge fan of learning from others and reaching out to folks that know things that I don’t. I am not only talking about professional development but personal development as well. I have done this for years with people older than me, younger than me, senior to me or junior to me — I am a believer that you can learn something from everyone.

One of my favourite ways to get to know someone is to have an informal coffee chat. I love to take someone out for a coffee (at their favourite place!) and pick their brain…

Kristina Bartold-Sorgota

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