Wrestling with your “Dark Side” and winning

Having shortcomings is not the problem – as humans we all have them. The problem is not knowing what they are

Wrestling with your “Dark Side” and winningThere is no question that we need to align people with jobs and situations that play to their strengths. There is nothing more powerful than leveraging what people do well: it builds engagement, accelerates projects and initiatives, and significantly increases the likelihood of personal and organizational success. Besides, who wants to spend their life working at…

Are you listening to the wrong people? 

How to reduce the chances of making a decision you’ll regret somewhere down the road

Are you listening to the wrong people? A recent column of mine was inspired by the political maelstrom created by the SNC-Lavalin affair. A month has passed, the storm continues to swirl, and I’m inspired again to draw on this situation as a leadership learning opportunity. There have been no shortage of ‘What were they thinking?’ moments as this scandal has unfolded,…

Three golden rules for business consultants

How to build and maintain relationships critical to being an effective consultant

Three golden rules for business consultantsI have a routine I try to follow each morning. I take a shower, do 20 minutes of yoga stretching, pour myself a cup of coffee, and sit down to read something that centres and inspires me. A little Seneca, thoughts from a Buddhist teacher, a chapter of Eckert Tolle. This morning, I opened Oriah’s…

What to do when you have a values clash with your boss

First, you need to pause and acknowledge that people hold different values and it doesn’t necessarily make them bad people

What to do when you have a values clash with your bossSo many leadership lessons lurk in the events that have plagued the Canadian political landscape over the past few weeks that it’s hard to know where to start. Leadership lessons that emerge from crises are easy pickings; they’re so obvious and it’s so easy to be self-righteous. A much tougher question is: What on earth…

7 steps to effective performance management

Why do we always blame the manager for failed performance management? Doesn’t some of the accountability rest with the employee?

7 steps to effective performance managementRecently I found myself commiserating with a friend over a failed performance conversation. She was frustrated by the fact that while she was trying to provide one of her direct reports with some much-needed feedback, her team member was just not listening. I, too, have had the experience of dealing with a tone-deaf direct report.…

Are you taking enough pride in your work?

Understand what motivates you, do something you're good at and commit to doing your very best

Are you taking enough pride in your work?I Used to Write for Sports Illustrated. Now I Deliver Packages for Amazon is a brilliant article by Austin Murphy in the December 2018 issue of The Atlantic. Murphy articulates his career journey as a result of being in an industry disrupted by technology. What really resonated for me about his story was his transformation…

Adjusting to an economic career crisis

There is a new reality out there and, like it or not, we are all going to have to adjust our expectations

Adjusting to an economic career crisisWhen Jack first learned his company was going to be making personnel cuts, and that they were likely to occur in his area, he was anxious. By Friday it was known that his department would, indeed, be impacted. By Monday morning he was actually looking forward to receiving his separation agreement: he and his wife…

Five radical strategies to excel at collaboration

Working easily and fluidly with others is simply how things get done in the 21st century

Five radical strategies to excel at collaborationThe ability to collaborate with others is a must-have skill to be successful in work. It doesn’t matter if you’re a project manager, a self-employed editor or the chief financial officer, part of your success is probably going to hinge on how well you can work with colleagues. Our work world is a complex system,…

Five steps to improving your life in 2019

By focusing on simple things that improve your life, you'll become a happier person – enabling you to make a broader contribution

Five steps to improving your life in 2019I relish the opportunity to reflect on the year – and give thought to what I want to be different going forward, and how I will accomplish that. I gave up making actual resolutions years ago; like everyone else, my follow-through was short-lived and ended in disappointment. But I like to experiment with new habits…

5 successful strategies to doing more with less

Are you feeling pressure from your boss to deliver, deliver, deliver?

5 successful strategies to doing more with lessDo you find yourself suddenly being asked to do more with less?  Did there used to be someone in the office beside you whose job responsibilities have suddenly become your responsibilities?  Are you feeling pressure from your boss to deliver, deliver, deliver? It isn't as if you were slacking off before. Between the meetings, the…
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