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©...
Media conglomerates are wealthy and powerful, in part, because they have learned how to wield great influence – whether hyperbole (typically) or reality. Consumers and companies pay to listen. Recently I have been more influenced by colleagues and friends who are dealing with tough and/or unexpected health issues....
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 [...]
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 [...]
Our lives sometimes careen at breakneck speed. Meetings. Travel. Phone calls. Texts. Pick up and drop off the kids. Re-balance our investment portfolio. Pick up the birthday gift, dry cleaning, wine for the dinner party, groceries, etc. Plan for and fit in workouts, family time, holidays, dentist appointments and get-togethers with friends. We are fortunate [...]
Big shocks and scares can be jarring and difficult to recover from. On the other hand, after our initial response, smaller bumps, shocks and surprises can energize us. I was reminded of this in an odd way. Sparkling Hill Resort in Vernon, British Columbia has a well-equipped, European spa and a set of shallow pools [...]
“An unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates, Greek philosopher in Athens (469 BC - 399 BC) Over the past two weeks, I spent several hours with over 25 successful senior leaders. I was leading their annual retreats – structured meetings at which we combine business topics and discussion with social time. All participants [...]
Oil and gas and related industries across the globe are under considerable pressure. Governments are affected and wrestling with increased debt loads and pressure on social services. Many Canadian premiers are losing the confidence of their constituents. This is taking a toll on leaders and communities. It can be difficult to retain one's usual optimism. [...]
I am very honoured to be speaking at the Women's Executive Network™ (WXN) meeting in Calgary, AB on November 8, 2016 about The Change Starts Within: Habits of Highly Successful People. “Habit is notorious—and rightly so—for its ability to direct our actions, even against our will,” says New York Times best-selling author Gretchen Rubin. “By mindfully [...]
One week ago I held my new grandchild – a gorgeous and healthy boy. In a moment of grace, time stopped. I could have spent the entire day and perhaps subsequent days, simply sitting quietly and holding him. For those of you who know me well, that stillness may be hard to envision. :) As [...]