The Scenery Isn’t Changing – Who’s Fault Is It?

We all know people that talk, post, tweet about all the things they are going to do, places they will visit and what they are going to become “someday” e.g. manager, president, CEO, rock star, etc. Some people are likely already coming to mind that …

Tips for Working for a Boss Who’s Younger than You

A new reality for many Gen X’s and Boomers is the fact that you are now, or will soon be, working for someone that is younger than you. A number of factors are driving this. Firstly – there are simply not enough people available to …

The Personal Sinkhole Syndrome

Sinkholes don’t announce their presence. They reveal themselves in the most terrifying and destructive manner. At best it’s a section of road or property that disappears, at worst they swallow houses, cars, swimming pools and people. Sinkholes are caused when the substrate becomes unstable and …

What I wish my boss knew – Leverage my strengths!

Here’s confirmation of what most of us already know if we are paying attention – Gallup researchers studying human behavior and the impact of leveraging people’s strengths have discovered that building on employees’ strengths is a more effective approach to creating high performing teams than …

How companies grow through learning – Part two

In my last blog I stated that being a lifelong learner and student is essential not only for success but to remain relevant. In this blog I will focus on what can be done to create a corporate learning culture. Companies committed to becoming knowledge-based, …

Feminine traits and strengths make businesses and society better

I was recently in Atlanta attending the ASHRAE – Young Engineers leadership weekend, an event that always inspires me because I get to meet with the future leaders of some of the leading organizations in the U.S. and Canada. One of the topics we were …

Young Engineers Leadership Weekend in Vancouver

I recently had the privilege of spending the better part of two days facilitating the Young Engineers of ASHRAE (YEA) leadership weekend. We started the session by exploring the challenging question of – What is your Why? I start by showing them the Simon Sinek …

What Informs a Buying Decision?

If you are in any type of sales role – direct selling, retail, B2B, etc., this blog will help you become better at understanding what informs your customers or clients to make a buying decision in your favor. It should also enlighten those that don’t …

Beyond The Clichés

Wikipedia defines a cliché as “an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has been overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, especially when at some earlier time it was considered meaningful or novel.” To some degree, we are …

Connecting with Your Audience

People don’t fall asleep during conversations with you (hopefully not) so why do they fall asleep during your presentations? The answer is simple – you are not having a conversation with them.Here are some guidelines for you to become more engaging and effective the next …