Tuesday Morning Focal Point
Category: Leadership

Personal Development through Executive Coaching
August 20, 2019

It is interesting how topics or concepts show up in your life in a cluster. Whether it be types of clients, types of issues, or multiple clients from a similar industry. Currently, I am hearing a desire for personal development from executives in various industries. The current trend – personal development for the executive Right…

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Leadership. So you think you have the gift?
July 30, 2019
Category: Leadership

Writing this blog on leadership after an impactful coaching/mentoring call. The call was with a senior executive in an international manufacturing company that will do over $4.5 billion in sales this year. This is a company that believes in developing leaders at various levels and takes leadership very seriously.  My coaching with this executive is…

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Leadership is more about “being” and less about “doing”
July 2, 2019

We all love to have action-oriented people and leaders in our companies. Particularly those in leadership who have an ability to drive execution not only for themselves but also for those around them.  After all, there is a huge execution component to successfully implementing your growth strategy and achieving your targets. The Competing Forces Notwithstanding,…

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A Healthy Dose of Skepticism is Prescribed
June 25, 2019

One of the most rewarding interventions I do as a business coach is helping a firm slow everything down and look at their operational processes in a detailed way. The goal of this process is to make the processes better, faster and cheaper.  It never ceases to amaze me, how little a lot of firms…

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Process is Important in Organizations
April 16, 2019

Today we have a guest writer. Lars VanLinge is a personal friend, but also someone whom I have had the honour of providing professional consultation to through Kaleidoscope. Lars and I were having a telephone conversation a week ago. He was talking about his own personal journey and learning about the importance of process.  It…

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Navigating Your Busy Season Demands
April 2, 2019

This morning I woke up in a beautiful resort in the Rocky Mountains in Alberta.  This will be day two, of a two-day training event. I am delivering the training for senior and middle managers of this company which run a few luxury resorts in the Rockies. They are on the verge of their busy…

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Change Management Needed? Try Inviting to Create
March 26, 2019

Learning from other’s change management failures I have been watching an organization that I had a past role with, try to undertake change management. I am noticing the abysmal failure, the division, and the lack of inclusiveness the process is yielding.  On the one hand, I don’t want to be publishing a blog with a…

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The Answers to Your Strategic Challenge are the Right Questions
July 24, 2018

It was a very long time ago, but I still remember it like it was yesterday.  My Biology 9 teacher in Junior High School, Mr. Mitchell made one statement repeatedly throughout the year.  The statement was, “The answer you get, depends on the question you ask.”  He, of course, was referring to the scientific process…

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Considering a Career Transition? Leave Well … Start Strong
January 30, 2018

Just this week, I met with a long-time client who is amid a change of employers.   This is a man who I consider to be a strong and effective leader.  His career transition has him leaving an international firm to head over to a Western Canadian company where he’ll lead in a similar role.  Several…

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Hey Leaders – Step up and Lead
November 28, 2017
Category: Leadership

Emerging leaders often express a common frustration to me. They notice that as they get closer to the top of an organization fewer opportunities exist. Moreover, depending on how they handle that frustration, they may move into a state of whining. These future chiefs start complaining about not being given opportunities. They grumble about not…

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