Author Archives: Corry Robertson

Executive Coaching Works – The Hard Facts That Leaders Must Know About Soft Skills

How business values people is shifting. During the industrial age mindset of the ‘80s management asked: “What does the employee cost the organization?” because the focus was on reducing costs. During the information age mindset of the ‘90s they asked: “What is the employee worth to the organization?” because they were focused on maximizing ROI….

Connecting Culture to Strategy – by Caroline Samné

Not only do organizations need to be able to define and proactively create their culture they also need to be able to express their strategic orientation and how it connects to the culture.  We tell our clients to heed the warning: you must ensure that you connect your strategy to your culture and ensure that…

HR and Learning Professionals, 5 things you shouldn’t say to the CEO when he asks about ROI

When the CEO asks about the value of the HR initiative that cost $100 000.00, what will you say?  And you will be asked!  If not tomorrow, it will happen one day. Here are responses the CEO would not be thrilled with: 1. You never asked me to measure the value of the initiative. Just…

The Future Workplace: why purpose is critical

The topic of our October executive brief is about helping organizations (and individuals) gain (or re-gain) clear focus as to “Why” it is that they exist and defining their purpose.  Our guest speaker, Vera Asanin, CEO of Your Workplace Magazine will speak to us about how most organizations are good at explaining what they do,…

The Art and Science of Happiness

CAN HAPPINESS BE TAUGHT? Gillian Leithman, BA, MSc Do you ever contemplate what makes for a happy life?  Social scientists, Philosophers, and Psychologists have pondered this question since the time of Plato. But more recently there has been a renewed interest in the topic, which was initiated by a young prof at Harvard University named,…

Open Space Technology: An Executive Summary

Each month, we, the senior partners of The Pillars  (www.thepillars.ca)  host an executive brief where we invite leaders from the business community in Montreal to join us as we share our knowledge and expertise on subjects in the field of organization development . In June 2012 the subject that we will be exploring is managing across the generations…

Why A Positive Attitude Matters

“At the beginning of any task, more than anything else, your attitude will affect its successful outcome.” Jeffrey Gitomer __________________________________________________________________________________________ Written by Caroline Samne Many things are going on right now in the economy that may be leaving us shaken and uncertain about what the future may bring. Many of these elements are not in…

Creating a culture that shares

Knowledge sharing across the generations By Caroline Samne ____________________________________________________________________ For the first time in the history of society we have up to 5 generations working together side by side.  This is both an opportunity and a challenge for many organizations. The opportunities lay in the rich exchanges that can occur between groups that bring very…

Coaching helps organizations achieve business results during economic downturn

The article below describes how organizations have used coaching to help achieve business results during the economic downturn. Recently, The International Coach Federation (ICF) released a study that actually pinpoints reasons for consumer use of coaching. The pioneers of the coaching profession tend to agree that coaching formally hit the scene during the late 80’s….

Organizational Culture – What Does it Mean and Why Should I Care?

By Caroline Samne We are in a day and age where we are constantly hearing about the impending workforce shortage (and in some professions such as accounting, teaching and the public service it is already a reality). What does it mean that we will face a talent shortage or for that matter an out right…