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.
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...
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, [...]
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 [...]