Unstuck Life Courses


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Seeing Change Differently

Written by
Raylene Knutson

Nancy Hawley, VP and GM of Unstuck at SYPartners

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Online self-development course for making life changes 

So you’re stuck, really stuck. You feel paralyzed by your inaction. Lost in the deep, dark depths of indecisiveness and inertia. Perhaps you’re a “Tunnel Visionary” blinded by new possibilities? A token “Avoider” painfully procrastinating? An “Idle Achiever” stalled by the details? A “Lone Leader” not asking for help? Rarely do we try to understand what makes us feel stuck, let alone try to fix it.

This is what Unstuck Life Courses are trying to do through a new online learning tool. Created by SYPartners — a strategic consulting firm focused on helping businesses through large-scale transformational change — they’ve packaged decades worth of learning into bite-sized courses. The first is called “Making a Change.”

There is no silver bullet. You have to do the work.

“We’ve structured the course into four parts: understand where you get stuck, build clarity (or pinpoint your purpose), build your belief, and then have a system to move forward,” says Nancy Hawley, VP and GM of Unstuck at SYPartners. “That’s how SYPartners would go about any of our projects.”

They developed the courses from 20 years of watching clients (including the likes of Apple, Nike, IBM, and Disney), noticing patterns and finding solutions that seem to encourage people to change their behaviour. At first, the course content looks simple, even obvious. But its worth becomes more apparent when it begins to ask honest questions that have us pinpoint what’s holding us back.

Photos courtesy of SYPartners
Photos courtesy of SYPartners

“We ended up spending a fair amount of time focused around fear of failure — it’s universal. Even though we know it’s the best way to learn, it’s still hard to make a mistake,” explains Hawley.

Unstuck Life Courses come five years after the launch of Unstuck, a free iPad and desktop app that offers a more succinct overview of SYPartners approach and tools. Unstuck Life Courses are considered a continuation, going much deeper into specific topics and encouraging you to develop new habits and ways of looking at things. The second soon-to-be-released course will focus on one thing we all wish we had more of — motivation.

“It’s easy to say this course is for busy parents, people with work-life balance issues, or someone who wants a career change. Any of these people could use the Unstuck Life Course. But I think it’s best for people who are open to trying new things, bite-sized strategies, and being ready and willing to make adjustments to their behaviour. There is no silver bullet. You have to do the work. Unstuck Life Courses help you figure out what you have to do,” says Hawley.


To find out more about Unstuck Life Courses, visit unstuck.com/life-courses

Raylene Knutson

Raylene is the managing editor of Frontier Magazine. She is a graduate of Ryerson University’s journalism program, and in her final year was Editor-in-Chief of the Ryerson Review of Journalism MagazinePrior to Frontier should worked at Bruce Mau Design as an Account Manager.

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