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Old habits die hard……but they don’t have to!!

We have all probably heard the expression “old habits die hard” and most likely we have all experienced the reality of that saying. Just the other day I went to reach for the toaster to toast my morning bagel and it wasn’t there! It took me a moment to remember that we had changed the…

Change: is it really a scary proposition?

Change is something that encompasses our lives in every sense. Whether it is the development of a new relationship, career change, birth of a child, beginning of a marriage, etc. Change often equates a great learning curve and potentially lots of stress. Yet where would we be without change? Think of where we would be…

The missing ingredient in leading change: let’s talk courage!

Throughout my experience and life as an agent of change I have often heard and read that to manage change we must have great methodologies and processes in order to ensure that it is neat and somewhat procedural. Well that’s the theory of things but my experience has been much messier than any neat methodology…

The Three Stages of Change That Every Leader Should Know

The magic of discomfort and how leaders can help others navigate through transitions. Have you ever been in a situation that took you completely out of your comfort zone? How were you feeling? What thoughts were running through your mind? Did you want to somehow turn back time and wish for yesterday? We have all…

Employee Performance: Canada’s got talent…..or does it?

Lots has been written and said about employee performance and motivation.  Leaders often ask themselves “is my team performing?”  Do we have the maximum possible being given by our people? Many leadership gurus and magazines have many theories about what is needed to get people motivated and performing to their maximum potential.  While all of…

Defense, offense or a bit of both? What is your game plan?

I have been playing soccer for many years now (too many to count). Through all of these years I have played for and seen a variety of coaches. And I can tell you that not all coaches are created equal. So what makes one coach excellent and another mediocre? Let me tell you the story…

Did I make a mistake in promoting this person?!

How many times do we hear statements like “but she was my star performer and now as a manager she’s not getting the same results?” She was very competent as a (fill in the blank……sales person, supply chain specialist, quality assurance inspector, etc.) and so we promoted her. Did we make a mistake?! Have you…

Gérer à travers le changement ou se débrouiller dans le chaos

(Caroline Samne et Katharine Evans) Le contexte économique actuel est en pleine évolution et nous vivons dans un monde plus en plus concurrentiel. Par conséquent, la capacité de diriger et de gérer à travers le changement est une compétence clé qui ne devrait pas être négligée. Il est marquant donc combien de dirigeants semblent déléguer…

Lead Through Change or Muddle Through Chaos

In today’s rapidly evolving and increasingly competitive world the ability to lead and manage change is a key competency that cannot be neglected.  It is shocking therefore how many leaders appear to simply download the “change management” piece to everyone but themselves. Change management (or organizational transformation) includes restructuring, new vision, periods of growth, downsizing,…

How do I communicate strategy?

In my prior article I wrote about the 5 things that you can do to help move your strategy to action.  We appreciate all of the feedback that we received and in response to our readers’ requests I will elaborate the first of the 5 points. One of the things that are critical to stress…