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…

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…

From strategy to execution-or not?

So you have invested the time, energy and resources to put together a strategic plan and you are so proud of the results and outcome. Now what? According to the Balanced Scorecard Collaborative more than 70% of organizations who have a strategic plan do not execute on it? Why do you think that may be? What are…

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,…