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Moving Forward…

Throughout the pandemic, I’ve witnessed some leaders model best practices while others have demonstrated worst practices that will undermine their effectiveness and credibility and potentially weaken their organization. The past several months have taught those who...

Bad Leaders Can Destroy Organizations

Bad Leaders Can Destroy Organizations

Bad leaders have no willing followers. Employees perform based on duty, the need to stay out of their boss’s bad books and the need for a pay cheque. Employees will follow the instructions of management if the employee has no viable career alternatives. Commitments...

Leadership Versus Management

Leadership Versus Management

Although often used interchangeably, leadership and management often require different skills, talents and approaches to succeed.  A manager may keep her department running smoothly and do everything according to company policy and guidelines but not have the respect...

Get the Feedback You Need to Grow

Do you want feedback? Probably not. You likely don’t want to hear your boss tell you what you already know you should be doing. Do you need feedback to grow and improve? Yes. Without honest and constructive feedback, you will not reach your potential, nor will you...

Show up and be noticed!

In a recent vlog I discussed the important idea of “showing up” at an event, gathering or meeting and being present and fully engaged beyond using the event as a photo-opp. I’ve received positive feedback on the vlog so I’m adding a few more suggestions for how you...

Test the Relationship with Your Boss

You may have a great relationship with your boss that even extends beyond the workplace. This can make going to work a joy and very positive experience. It is wise however, to never take your relationship for granted regardless of how well you get along. Bumps in the...

Stop Talking So You Can Hear

          We often try to persuade or convince others through an argument or debate. Unfortunately, arguing generally does not change someone’s mind, if anything, it makes the other party angry and causes them to dig in even further. What you...

Poor Leaders Have No Followers

Technically, a “poor” leader is actually not a “leader”. By definition, a leader must have willing followers. As John Maxwell states, “if you think you’re leading and no one is following, you’re only taking a walk”. The term leader is used, and abused, in many...

Do You Stand for Something or Fall for Anything?

“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything” - I’ve heard this phrase countless times over the years. Yet, each time I hear it, I pause and think of what I stand for in terms of my values, the principles I live by, how I treat others, the choices I...

Leading on Purpose versus by Accident

When something must get done, typically, someone with a vision and a plan steps up and takes charge - on purpose, or someone reluctantly volunteers or is told they are responsible and does what they think is right and hopes for the best. The first option is typically...

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