Deri Latimer
Deri's raison d’etre is helping others achieve positive possibilities in their lives. Her mantra is “Move out of the rut, and into a new groove!’

From her chosen vocation as a human resource expert to her current calling as an inspirational conference speaker and seminar leader, Deri’s focus in on helping others to build positive emotion and energy – at work and at home.

Deri combines a B. Mgt. (Bachelor of Management, majoring in Human Resource Management) with a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation, and adds to those a lot of other acronyms like EI (Emotional Intelligence), NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), AI (Appreciative Inquiry) and MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction). The letters that are her greatest source of pride, joy, and motivation are MOM.

Deri’s home and heart are in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband, Randy and two children, Ali and Max.

Entries by Deri Latimer

Women in Leadership: It's a Matter of Life and Death

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 12:21 PM

Close your eyes. Bring into your awareness the face of a person in your life who you believe is a great leader. As you see that person's face in your mind's eye, think about what it is about that person that had...

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Are You Ready For ReWIREment?

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2015 | 4:46 PM


Yes, you read that correctly! ReWIREment. What a cool word. And it's potentially the newest description for that 'next' phase of life that many of us find ourselves talking and thinking about more often these days.

I loved it when I first...

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How to Make it a NEW Year

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2015 | 11:32 AM

The common greeting at this time of year is 'Happy New Year'. It can be heard in every boardroom, hallway, and grocery store across the country. It seems to be like other common greetings -- 'How are you?'; 'Have a good day!'...

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9 Ways to Make It The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 5:49 PM

Yes, it is that most wonderful time of the year. For many of us it is a time to connect with people we love and care about, and to take time to rest and rejuvenate before a new year begins.

Sometimes, it is also a very stressful time of year....

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7 Strategies For a More Respectful World

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 10:48 AM

Aretha Franklin sang about it (R.E.S.P.E.C.T.), Rodney Dangerfield quipped about it ("I don't get no respect!"), and just about every workplace has a policy related to it (Respectful Workplace). It's perhaps even a regular topic of conversation around your kitchen table.


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How to Have a Caring Conversation with Someone Difficult

(4) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 5:10 PM

"My boss is a bully."

"My co-worker constantly berates me for making even the smallest error, or asking what she deems a 'stupid' question."

"My colleague's voice tone is condescending and insulting toward me when we are in meetings."

Do you work with someone whose behavior is challenging...

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Top 10 Tips for Epic Family Bonding This Summer

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2014 | 11:53 PM

Are you heading out on vacation soon? Do you want a little family bonding to occur while you are away? Bonding -- coming together, connecting -- requires something that seems to be the opposite of bonding. It requires "letting go" -- letting go of control, letting go of expectations, letting...

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Six Benefits of Mental Spring Cleaning

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 1:21 PM

2013 Collage 3It's Spring! Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, the sun is shining and faces are smiling. There is nothing quite like it!

Spring is often the time of year when you engage in some spring cleaning; getting rid of...

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3 Key Reasons Your Wellness Program is Sick

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 4:36 PM

Symptom vs SourceDoes your organization have a wellness program? I'll bet you do - in some form or another. Most organizations do - or at least they say they do.

Chances are good that your wellness program, no matter how elaborate...

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How To Be A Hero At Work

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 9:02 PM

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Have you ever met a hero? I have.

A hero is a person who demonstrates noble qualities like generosity, courage and kindness. Each of these words...

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It's True, Love Is a Drug

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 10:50 AM

It's the month of love.

Valentine's Day on the 14th marks the half-way point in the shortest month of the year.  Spring is around the corner, and moods seem to be lifting (especially for those of us who have lived through a bit of a deep freeze this winter).


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Five Tips to Warm Up to Winter

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2014 | 9:05 AM

Baby, it's cold outside! That seems to be a recurring theme across North America these days.  If it's true for you, try these Five Tips to Warm Up to Winter

Tip # 1: Give It a Break

The 'it' to which I...

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Did Last Year Slip By? Try These Time Warping Strategies

(0) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 10:45 AM


Remember that song from The Rocky Horror Picture Show..."The Time Warp"? Some of the lyrics suggest that "it's astounding, time is fleeting," and I have to say that is certainly true for me as I get older....

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Share Your Holiday Stories

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 2:16 PM

Ali and Max 2000 Ali and Max 2000

Christmas morning, 2000. Max was 3 and Ali was 6. Our tradition had been (and still is) that Randy headed downstairs to turn on the tree lights and grab the video camera. Then...

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Immunize Your Organization Against Negativity

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 3:26 PM

positivity=productivityI just had my flu shot -- the last couple of years the Government of Canada has recommended that we "Get the Shot, Not the Flu." The purpose of an immunization -- although it is not guaranteed -- is to...

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Having Friends Is Actually Good For You

(2) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 11:38 AM

I just spent a lovely evening with six other women with whom I have been friends for over 20 years. Today, I feel wonderful. There's a reason for that positive feeling.

Holly and Debbie from Chancellor Dental Centre are Positive at Work!...
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Four Keys to Manage Your Moods at Work

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 12:57 PM

"He's in a mood today." That's what Sarah said to me when we met to talk about an event she was planning. I was going to be meeting her manager for the first time, and Sarah wanted to warn me that Tom...

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Take a Picture, It'll Last Longer

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2013 | 8:59 AM

PROJECT DiannaI have always been a people watcher.  As a young child, visiting the city from Northern Manitoba, some of my strong positive memories are from riding the City Bus on the way down town to go to the dentist.  Okay,...

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Four Ways to Be Happier at Work

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 7:42 AM

You know when you're having one.  You feel drained of energy, you are grinding your teeth, maybe furrowing your brow... and people -- even strangers -- are avoiding you. And, sometimes, you turn in to bed early just so you...

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Five Tips for Mental Health Wellness at Work

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 4:05 PM

Next week is Mental Health Week; so it seems like a great time to be reflecting on, and talking about, mental health in the workplace. The Canadian Mental Health Commission released a voluntary National Standard for Psychological Safety and Health in the Workplace in January of this year. The...

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