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Making the Most of Autumn’s New Beginnings

By |September 19th, 2017|Leadership, Personal Effectiveness|

For many of us, September generates feelings of a fresh start and new beginnings more than the new year. It can bring excitement and anticipation or an uncomfortable reminder that there are things you want to change. Here are some actions that will spark your professional success and heighten personal satisfaction.

3 Elements of Effective Management in Stressful Times

By |August 30th, 2017|Feet to the Fire, Leadership|

It is a sometimes-painful irony of life that we may learn the most about ourselves when life throws us a curve ball. So it is with leadership. We fully discover our strengths and shortcomings when we are tested by adversity. How we deal with it and what we learn is central to who we are [...]

Waiting for the Train

By |July 18th, 2017|Leadership, Operational Excellence|

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 [...]

Step Off the CEO Island©

By |July 4th, 2017|Leadership, Personal Effectiveness|

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©...

Why Ohio’s War on Drugs Matters to Your Industry

By |June 20th, 2017|Leadership, Operational Excellence|

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...

Create a Corporate Culture of Heroism

By |June 7th, 2017|Leadership|

Sometimes, world events, large or small, take greater prominence over sharing business tips and techniques. Like many others, I am saddened by the fatalities and injuries suffered...

Generating Opportunity Through Visibility

By |May 23rd, 2017|Feet to the Fire, Leadership|

Visibility. A large network. Relationships. They matter. You need them to formulate a strong leadership brand. Although it is the twenty-first century, I still hear grumblings about the existence of an “old boys’ club.” What is this virtual club...

Courageous Leadership

By |April 26th, 2017|Feet to the Fire, Leadership|

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. [...]

We Are All Artists

By |April 12th, 2017|Leadership, Personal Effectiveness|

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 [...]

Buck the Trend

By |March 29th, 2017|Leadership, Operational Excellence, Team Effectiveness|

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 [...]