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Leading Team Change from the Inside Out

When leaders think of reinventing themselves they start with shifting the way they think and feel.  Sometimes this happens unwillingly, when something earth shattering happens in their lives. At other times they are exposed to a different way of thinking, one that their background prepared them to resonate with.  Regardless the cause, these leaders experience [...]

Positive Psychology at Work

In modern workplaces where engagement levels are low, it can be almost too easy to slip into a state of frustration.  With constant and growing work demands, increasingly low tolerance for mistakes, downsized teams and diverse personalities, some workplaces can be quite difficult to navigate. Over time, persons working within organizations with these types of [...]

Cultural Game Masters

When cultural change is the order of the day, it is not possible to deconstruct one culture and then construct a new one.  What is usually the case is the old and the new culture coexist while cultural change is happening. Depending on which culture remains dominant over time, the one has the power players [...]

Destabilizing for Stability

Destabilizing for stability may sound counter-intuitive but the status quo is being challenged around the world. Donald Trump won the US presidential election; Brexit shook up the European Union; and the Russians allegedly hacked multiple international elections. Each country is at a different stage of cultural evolution, forming a unique piece of the global mosaic. [...]

Grow by Making Decisions

There is a whole spectrum of possibilities when it comes to decision making authority. In organizations that value structure and control, policies and procedures form a framework for day-to-day work. Policies, range from very granular, dictating all imaginable actions, others are flexible enough to allow discretion yet provide structure. Then there are organizations that have [...]

The Straight Shooter

When we think of a straight shooter we tend to think of persons who can be depended on to communicate the truth.  While this is accurate, straight shooters come in many varieties. There are persons who use straight shooting to support members of their teams and others use it to destroy.  Some are consistently straight [...]

Expand Your Leadership by Developing Others

One of John Maxwell’s law of leadership is called the Law of the Lid. According to Maxwell, “Leadership ability determines a person’s level of effectiveness.”  In other words, the leader cannot surpass his or her own ability to lead. By extension, the skills of persons reporting to a leader rarely exceed the leader’s capability to [...]

From a Culture of Control to One of Empowerment

In work cultures where control is highly valued, sometimes the control regime starts when the business was initially established, but more often it happens when the organization enters into growth mode and the previously loose structure needs to be tightened in order for the business to leave survival mode and grow.  The intent behind implementing [...]

Down with Political Correctness

In an era where the authenticity of news and facts are coming under constant scrutiny it is important to also take a look at political correctness.  Political correctness is supposed to be a system of behaviour that requires persons to express themselves or act in a way that is inclusive and respectful toward persons who [...]

As Good as Your Last Act

We all have some type of value assigned to us based on how others perceive us. Whether we buy into these perceptions or not depends on if we are intrinsically or extrinsically motivated. For those who are intrinsically motivated their personal value is internally defined.  It is unwavering in the face of other’s opinions.  For [...]