In major metropolitan centres across North America, commuters and municipalities are left waiting for the train, specifically Bombardier trains. Subway cars destined for Montreal have been delayed by 4 years. How is it possible that no one realized some of the planned train cars would not fit through Montreal tunnels? On a recent trip to New [...]
For most C-suite executives there is an inverse correlation between the scope of your responsibility and the number of times someone says to you: "Stop it!" or "I do not agree with your approach" or "Why are you pursuing that goal/decision/strategy?" The more senior you become, the more reticent people are to hold your Feet to the Fire©...
Ohio's War on Drugs matters to oil and gas, transportation, banking and your industry, too. It is an all-star cast. Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson, Teva Pharmaceutical, Allergan and Endo Health Solutions have been targeted by the state of Ohio for...
In Feet to the Fire, I review what it means to have a personal brand and why it is a lasting requirement for leaders. We each portray an image whether intentional or not and whether conscious or not. This image and our personal brand is a by-product of our speech, dress, body language, and actions. [...]
How do you stimulate your creativity? Some of the best mathematicians and many skilled engineers are talented musicians. Children who take music lessons typically obtain higher grades in math and science. Many people describe their work as all consuming. This can eliminate the opportunity for art. We best resolve challenging issues, address new and/or unexpected [...]
Over the past several months, I have seen half a dozen examples of ageism when organizations have cited a reluctance to promote talented and experienced executives as "they are likely only going to work a few more years." The irony is that the boards for many of these same companies are seeking director candidates with decades of [...]
Many of us are drawn to executive roles for the variety afforded by the intellectual and mental challenges, the ability to make a meaningful contribution, the prestige, and the influence we can wield. These are demanding roles typically requiring long days, attendance at community events, socializing and, in many cases, frequent travel. In the same way [...]
I have to admit, I vacillate between considerable Trump fatigue and being captivated by what is and will be a fascinating sociological exercise. (I refrain from any commentary here on his values, his words or his actions.) Like most everything in life, I am seeking the learning for business leaders, individuals, and political leaders. Here [...]
In by book, Feet to the Fire: How to Exemplify and Create the Accountability that Creates Great Companies, I speak to the importance of creating a culture of accountability. With greater accountability, leaders and peers hold each other to account. Everyone knows they will be expected to meet their commitments and take responsibility for resolving [...]