As an avid blogger and marketing student, I was excited to serve as a Canadian Weblog Awards juror. I knew I could be of help and figured I’d pick up a couple of tips along the way. What I didn’t know is how much the judging process would teach me about building an effective blog. What […]
I had two main goals in life when I was little. First, when I grew up I would have a house with dozens of rooms to hold my many interests. Second, I would own a complete set of the most up-to-date Encyclopaedia Britannica known to man. I attribute both aspirations to having a mom with […]
Driven business leaders are not created equal. Each of us possess separate and distinct superhero talents. When we develop self awareness, we realize there are certain situations in which we thrive. Have you thought about the type of business leader you are, or might become? Let’s look at three driven types: Entrepreneurs, Solopreneurs, and Intrapreneurs. […]
This is for all of us who outwardly say that making mistakes is a good thing while inwardly hoping to never make one. You don’t have to be a perfectionist to fit in this category; most of us qualify simply by being human. After all, you can’t reverse decades of admonitions and warnings about avoiding […]
Terry Pearce’s revised edition of Leading Out Loud: A Guide For Engaging Others In Creating The Future is a welcome guidepost for today’s leaders feeling pinched between the need for organizational change and a workforce that’s tired of flavor-of-the-day management. To sum it up in a few words, the book is about inspiring change by […]
Asking good questions is a powerful way to build deep relationships. It’s the best way I know of to defuse a tense situation. It helps us remember to understand first, and speak second. And just in case we’re feeling less than curious when someone wants to talk to us, good questions can help reveal the bigger picture and (hopefully) ignite our interest.
Companies are unstoppable when they’re powered by people with heart and a little skin in the game. Add a sense of humour to the mix and you’ve got a recipe for success — and maybe a few shenanigans. This past week, we finally got to enjoy the result of many months of hard work when […]
In Jim Collins’ latest book, Great by Choice, he starts out by busting a myth that has been a personal bugaboo of mine for years; that is, that the best leaders are charismatic and visionary. Collins’ research actually proves quite the contrary.