Category Archives: Leadership Montreal

Learn from failure: The three key activities of Adaptive Leadership

Entrepreneurship is essential to economic development providing new jobs and innovative technologies. A large number of new ventures, however, fail.  Their failure nevertheless is essential for the sustainability of the economic ecosystem; just as death is essential to ecological ecosystems.  Research has repeatedly found that defunct businesses release a wealth of knowledge and resources that…

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…

Poor Leadership and 3 Ways to Improve It

‘’Good leaders bring out the best in their people. Bad leaders diminish performance.  When you add up the costs over an entire organization, the bottom line impact can be staggering an amount equal to 7% of a company’s sales’’ Ken Blanchard Company – Click Here for His Article Millions of dollars wasted! So what can…

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…

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….

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,…

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…