Category Archives: Learning and Development

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…

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…

How robust is your talent pipeline? Leaders are getting frustrated because the business is growing and they are facing important challenges in building their capacity. In a recent Manpower poll, 66% of CEOs say the lack of the right skills is their biggest challenge, furthermore, 52% of jobs are going unfilled due to lack of…

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…

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…

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….

Fatigué de travailler dans votre propre bulle et essayer d’être un expert en tout?

Le codéveloppement- format de développement très intéressant. Le feedback est clair : les gestionnaires n’ont pas le temps ou le luxe d’être absent du bureau pendant de longues périodes. Aussi, les gestionnaires cherchent une flexibilité de parfaire leurs connaissances et cherchent une interaction qui sauve énormément de temps dans la recherche des meilleures pratiques et des…

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…

Action Learning – A Tool for Innovation

By Caroline Samne Action Learning, More Than Brain Storming Are your teams constantly rehashing the same issues and getting stuck in the same discussions?  Do you find your business teams unable to innovate and bring new ideas to the table? Beware of Complacency!  It is easy to assume that what we are doing is the…