Why Expressing Gratitude Through Our Leadership Matters
OCTOBER 11, 2016
This past weekend marked the celebration of Thanksgiving Day here in Canada, our last holiday long-weekend before the inevitable cold blast of winter arrives to blanket our country in snow and ice.
3 Keys For Building Relationships With Those You Lead
MARCH 7, 2017
For almost 10 years, I’ve been writing about leadership and in that time, perhaps one of the most significant shifts I’ve seen has been the willingness to recognize that the key to our success as leaders stems from the relationships we foster and nurture with those we lead.
Why Leaders Should Depersonalize Communication
APRIL 11, 2017
The following is a guest piece by Dr. Derek Roger and Nick Petrie. It’s not what you do, it’s the way that you do it Talking comes so naturally to us we tend to forget just how much skill is involved.
3 Storytelling Elements That Successfully Drive Change
FEBRUARY 7, 2017
Leaders face an ever-growing number of challenges leading their organization in today’s faster-paced, increasingly interconnected world. One of the more common issues a leader has to address is dealing with change.
How Do You Inspire Others Through Your Leadership?
APRIL 4, 2017
As a people person, I always enjoy visiting new places and new cities as it provides the opportunity to meet new people and spark new conversations, some of which can lead to some very thought-provoking discussions.
Why Storytelling Matters In Today’s Leadership
FEBRUARY 9, 2016
With this latest piece on my leadership blog, I’m delighted to announce a new partnership with The Economist Executive Education. The opportunity to collaborate with such a respected and renowned publication is both an exciting opportunity and a great honour.
3 Factors That Prevent Leaders From Creating Workplace Optimism
OCTOBER 27, 2015
The following is a guest piece by Shawn Murphy. For too long people have been taken for granted in the workplace. Leaders attempt to control, manage, dictate, coerce people to do what is needed.
Building Emotional Competencies In Our Leadership
MAY 26, 2015
A Lesson On Bringing Out The Best In Those You Lead
JUNE 2, 2015
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been writing about the various characteristics and perspectives leaders need to have to be successful in bringing out the best in those they lead.
Forget Passion – What Employees Need Is Purpose-Led Work
MARCH 14, 2017
These days, it seems like the world is facing scarcity in a wide range of areas – from something as basic as access to food and clean water, to something more personal as a lack of time to get through our various daily tasks.
Does Your Leadership Bring Out The Best In Those You Lead?
NOVEMBER 29, 2016
Over the past few weeks, there’s been a noticeable uptick in leadership and management articles focusing on the topic of how leaders can ensure that they are providing a ‘safe’ environment for all of their employees.
This Is What Real Leaders Do
MAY 12, 2015
Over the past few weeks, I’ve had several fascinating discussions with leaders from different organizations and industries about the various challenges they’re grappling with within their workplace.
10 Steps To Accelerate Meetings And Drive Productivity
MARCH 28, 2017
The following is a guest piece by Jack Zenger and Joesph Folkman. It is estimated that 15% to 28% of every manager’s workweek is spent in meetings. One of the most frequent written complaints people make about their bosses is the quality of their meetings.
Why Compassion Is Key To Succeeding At Leadership
SEPTEMBER 1, 2015
With the arrival of September, many of us are returning to our regular routines now that our children are back in school and the period for taking summer vacation breaks has come to an end.
Bringing Out The Best In Those You Lead
JUNE 30, 2015
Image © Wharton Magazine Of all the seasons of the year, summer is without question my favourite.
3 Big Mistakes That CEOs Must Fix To Inspire Employees
AUGUST 18, 2015
The following is a guest piece by CEO Ben Decker. Across every business vertical and level, we all tell ourselves little white lies when it comes to communicating: “People tell me I’m pretty good at communicating.” “I I don’t need to prep; I can wing it.” “If If I say the words, people will get it.”
Creating A Workplace Environment Where Employees Matter
MAY 5, 2015
One of my favourite stories from the time of NASA’s Apollo space missions involves a visit by a group of guests to Mission Control.
Leaders, It’s Time To Make Work Meaningful Again
SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
Over the past couple of months, I’ve had numerous conversations with leaders in both the private and public sector, discussing some of the key issues they face today and what they see as the main challenges they’ll face going forward.
Why Emotions Matter In Today’s Leadership
FEBRUARY 17, 2015
In recent years, there’s been a growing focus on the importance of emotional intelligence in today’s leadership.
Understanding The Power Of Our Words
OCTOBER 20, 2015
If I were to ask you what you thought was the greatest invention in human history, what would be your reply? I imagine for some of you, your answer would be the personal computer and all the technological marvels that now make up our digital world.
How To Be The Kind Of Leader Your Employees Need You To Be
SEPTEMBER 8, 2015
Last week, I had the pleasure of being invited to speak at the Management Grand Rounds held at Boston Children’s Hospital.
10 Principles For Developing Strategic Leaders
MAY 31, 2016
The following is a guest piece by Jessica Leitch, David Lancefield, and Mark Dawson. Most companies have leaders with the strong operational skills needed to maintain the status quo.
How Would You Answer This Question About Your Leadership?
JANUARY 24, 2017
When it comes to leadership, there are many facets that we examine and explore in our drive to learn how we can succeed in leading our team and organization.
My Top 10 Leadership Insights For 2015
JANUARY 5, 2016
In my penultimate article from 2015, I made the point that in answering the question “ where do we go from here? ”, we have to look back on the journey we’ve taken and what lessons and insights we’ve learned that can help us as we move forward.
Why Leaders Need To Stop Using Performance Reviews
NOVEMBER 10, 2015
The following is a guest piece by former Disney executive Ken Goldstein. I don’t like performance reviews. I never liked giving them, and I never liked getting them. They are like school report cards, only less well-meaning and more poorly formed.
Understanding Leadership And The Meaning Of Life
AUGUST 4, 2015
Over the last few years, I’ve had the pleasure of being invited to participate in a number of projects and initiatives looking at collecting the thoughts and perspectives from a diverse set of experts, thought leaders, and personalities.
5 Behaviours Successful Brain-Aware Leaders Practice
NOVEMBER 3, 2015
The following is a guest piece by Amy Brann. Most leaders we work with are passionate, committed, intelligent and dedicated. They want to make their organization the best it can possibly be. They want to support their employees and enable them to do their best work.
Becoming More Self-Aware To Improve How We Communicate
FEBRUARY 21, 2017
No matter what field or industry you work in, one thing that all leaders share in common is the necessity of having an extensive toolkit at their disposal.
How Leaders Can Cure A Toxic Workplace
JANUARY 27, 2015
One of the things I enjoy about sharing my writings and insights on leadership is the opportunity it creates to interact with my readers – to hear their stories and what they’ve learned along the way, as well as some of the challenges they are trying to overcome.
How Feedback Can Help Your Employees Succeed And Grow
AUGUST 25, 2015
With August now coming to a close, many of us – myself included – are feeling that bittersweet tinge that comes with the end of the summertime period.
Why We Fail At Leadership
JANUARY 20, 2015
When it comes to studying leadership, the natural tendency is to focus on those leaders whose successes and achievements continue to inspire us and drive so many to emulate them in the hopes of replicating their accomplishments.
4 Secrets To Making Time For Leadership
DECEMBER 1, 2015
The following is a guest piece by New York Times bestselling author, Kevin Kruse. Do you ever feel like you know what you should be doing as a leader, but there just isn’t enough time to actually do it?
How Successful Leaders Use Culture To Influence Behaviour
JANUARY 6, 2015
The following is a guest piece by James O’Toole. Increasingly, business consultants, scholars, and executives are coming to the conclusion that culture is the prime driver of organizational performance.
Are You Inspiring Those You Lead To Be Extraordinary?
OCTOBER 13, 2015
As a writer, one of the things that I enjoy discussing and sharing are stories. After all, a great story can entertain, inform, and inspire us, and sometimes even shape our understanding of how we can make a real difference in the world around us.
How To Successfully Achieve Your Goals This Year
JANUARY 26, 2016
Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of being invited to be the in-studio guest expert on CBC Radio to discuss why people have a hard time keeping their New Year’s Resolutions and what we should be doing to be successful in achieving our goals.
How Leaders Can Manage The Perception Of Progress
OCTOBER 6, 2015
In much of my work with leaders and organizations in various industries and disciplines, there’s a common issue that they seek help on addressing. Specifically, how do we keep employees invested in the long-term goals of our organization?
Compassion – A Cornerstone In Today’s Leadership
SEPTEMBER 23, 2014
In this month-long celebration of my first book “ Leadership Vertigo ”, I’ve had the distinct pleasure of having some of the top leadership experts – Doug Conant, Liz Wiseman, Jim Kouzes, and Barry Posner – share their insights about three of the four leadership principles discussed in my book.
Understanding The Power Of Expectations
APRIL 19, 2016
A few weeks ago, my oldest daughter and I were watching one of our favourite dramas when a scene came along that spurred on a conversation about leadership and the expectations we have about those we work for.
Recognizing Our Power To Lead And Inspire Others
NOVEMBER 17, 2015
Over the course of this year, I’ve had the opportunity to travel all over North America speaking at conferences and with organizations about how we can do a better job being the kind of leader our employees need us to be.
What’s The Truth About Your Leadership?
MAY 19, 2015
In my previous piece, I looked at an underlying theme found among the numerous issues leaders in every industry face today and what this tells us about how we can be more successful in bringing out the best in those we lead.