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Making the Leap

By |February 19th, 2018|Business Coaching, Personal Effectiveness|

I started to have the familiar feelings of restlessness. I thought I wanted to do something different. This time I was thinking about going out, on my own starting my own business, which in fact I did.

Seeking Knowledge: What to read in 2018

By |January 16th, 2018|Personal Effectiveness, Productivity|

In late 2017, I asked clients and some of my friends for their most-loved book of the year. Here are a few of the popular ones. Enjoy.

Rejoice in the Strength of the Human Spirit

By |January 2nd, 2018|Personal Effectiveness|

As we emerge from the holiday season, many are reflecting upon and in some cases, concerned about, some of the surprises of 2017. These included political mishandlings, a surge in sexual harassment claims and continued acts of terrorism that can generate fear and fuel intolerance and feelings of superiority...

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 [...]

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...

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.

Why I Remain an Optimist

By |August 16th, 2017|Operational Excellence, Personal Effectiveness|

While Wall Street Journal and Financial Times headlines predominantly feature Fortune 500 firms, small business fuels much of the economic growth and job creation across the globe. Entrepreneurs are not equal to small. Consider Tesla, Virgin, G Adventures, Starbucks, Facebook, and Amazon. Today I want to feature and celebrate a unique set of entrepreneurs. In 2005, Kiva was formed by a small group of friends. In the early days, they had to exchange Premal Shah's guitar for...

Ode to Summer

By |August 2nd, 2017|Personal Effectiveness|

As we find ourselves immersed in summer in the northern hemisphere, this quote comes to mind: "The universe is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to become sharper." - Eden Phillpotts I recently spent a weekend with our young grandson. What a delight. As we played on the grass or traversed the neighbourhood, [...]

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©...

Who is Influencing You?

By |May 10th, 2017|Personal Effectiveness|

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....