Straddling the Present and Future

By |February 21st, 2018|Leadership, Operational Excellence|

Recently I flew to San Jose del Cabo, having departed from Calgary's international terminal. The new terminal and hotel opened in 2017 and is filled with natural light. While YYC served a record number of passengers in 2017, the newest concourse and terminal is not yet at capacity as it was planned and constructed for 30-year capacity.

Yes, It Was a Very Busy Year (Again) But What Did You Learn?

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

We are a society of busy people. As I have observed in the past, many of my most successful clients proudly wear their busyness, their demanding schedule, with their laudable accomplishments as a badge of honour. We are highly accomplished people. We like getting things done. We are gratified when seeing progress - in our [...]

What We Can Learn From Iceland’s Successful, Offensive Response to Crisis

By |November 29th, 2017|Leadership|

In September, I had the wonderful opportunity to conduct business in Iceland. More and more often I am asked to advise on corporate disruption and innovation. I also continue to assist individuals in personal transition and transformation. As a result, I am hungry for examples of successful turnaround and disruption so that I can better equip [...]

Feet to the Fire© Starts with YOU

By |November 15th, 2017|Feet to the Fire, Leadership, Personal Effectiveness|

In many of my client engagements, I assist organizations that wish to create a culture of accountability. While everyone quickly grasps what it means to hold someone’s feet to the fire (and how that contributes to a culture of accountability) they are sometimes surprised to learn that the finger they are pointing to others, is first and foremost, pointing back at them...

Disruptor or Disrupted

By |November 1st, 2017|Leadership, Operational Excellence|

Are you playing offense or defense? One need not be a sports aficionado to understand the nuances of approaching your business and/or your life from an offensive or defensive position. Advancements in technology, decades of global trade, pending tax reform and more sophisticated and dividend-hungry shareholders are...

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...