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  • Writer's pictureCait Donovan

Rosalind Cardinal: Burnout, Cancer, and Regret

Updated: Nov 18, 2022

All the regrets I had were really the big catalyst. It was that sense of looking back and going, 'If this is the end for me, what's my life been like? Have I enjoyed it?' I started unpacking those regrets and asking, 'If I make it through, What would I do differently?' - Rosalind Cardinal


When she was growing up, Ros wanted to be a vet or a scientist, but her fascination with human behaviour and neuroscience led her to a career in Organisational Development, specialising in improving business outcomes by developing individuals, teams and organisations.

After more than 20 years in corporate human resources and organisational development roles, a successful battle with cancer gave Ros the nudge to take her passion for transforming leaders and improving how individuals and organisations cope with change, in a new direction.

Leaving her senior corporate role in 2012, Ros established her consulting business, Shaping Change, to achieve her goals. Her inspirational business story was featured in the 2014 book “Australian Entrepreneur”.

Ros is a solutions and results oriented facilitator, with expertise spanning strategic planning, leadership development, organisational culture, change management, emotional intelligence, and employee engagement.

She is also a talented and globally awarded executive and leadership coach, with current coaching clients at Executive and Senior levels in Government agencies, private enterprise and the community sectors.

Ros is a keen writer and in addition to her book, The Resilient Employee, and her own blog, she contributes regular articles to Leaders in Heels, The Huffington Post and for “People Development” Magazine.


Additional notes about the talk:

Ros gave SO much actionable info in this episode, it was hard to keep track of it all! There were so many takeaways, here are some resources to get you started:

Circle of Influence and Control as introduced by Stephen Covey in his book: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People In addition to these resources, Ros and I had amazing conversations about boundaries, both internal and external and low self-worth being the driving force behind both overachieving and being concerned with traditional (read: financial) success routes. Through her cancer diagnosis and treatment, Ros took the time to define the gap between where her life was and where she wanted it to be. She made a promise to herself to travel more and shift her work into something that was more fulfilling (and less busy). Ros took the time to unpack her regrets, to get honest about them and what they meant about her and her life. We discussed the Regrets of the Dying (a book by Bonnie Ware), and forming patterns of non-negotiable self-care. I cannot tell you how much I want the whole world to listen to this episode. It is inspiring, educational, and SO worth your time. Share it with everyone you know. You can listen above or head to to connect to your favorite podcast app. If you're an Apple user, I'd be so grateful if you took the time to review and let me know what you found most inspiring about this episode (or about the show in general) your feedback helps me grow and helps the podcast reach new ears. We're all in this together <3 XOXO C (I have some 1:1 Coaching slots available for November if you're looking to get your burnout in check as the new decade starts - head here to book your free consult to find out just how much can change for you in 2020)


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