It’s Time to Recharge

  I’ve retreated.   Not in an avoidant way, with the realization that I need to refuel, recharge and then come back from a better place. As I write this, I have sought refuge at my cottage to recharge my spirit that has been challenged by life these past few months. Have you ever felt like the energizer bunny, keep going and going while telling yourself you’d take my “me time” later? Well, I fell into this trap – after all, I had things to do, clients to help and work that must be done. Yet, my batteries had...

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Urrgh! Not THAT Again?!

We all have them. Those annoying things we tolerate from ourselves and others. They have a way of simmering on low in the background of our minds, creating a low-level disturbance. Whether it’s your desk that’s cluttered, your computer has a glitch, or it’s someone else’s behaviour. Do you pride yourself on being a tolerant person? Do you tolerate your own bad habits? Do you tolerate less than acceptable behaviour from your direct reports or colleagues? The biggest challenge with these “tolerations” is that it creates stress in...

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How to Perform a Self-Leadership Audit

As a leader, what are you trying to achieve?   What is important to you? What behaviours do you see that benefit yourself and others you lead? These are all very valuable questions to ask yourself on a regular basis. Having a scheduled self-review process you can champion your wins and set goals for your challenges. So here is a self-audit process that you can use: Create a specific list of skills and abilities that you believe leaders need to possess to be successful. If you are stuck, check out the leadership books on your...

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How to Get Beyond Your First Assumption to Offer Growth Enhancing Accountability

  Recently I was presenting for an amazing group of Executive Directors on the topic of Accountability. We had time during the question period to explore some challenges that they were experiencing. One E.D. mentioned a new employee who was speaking to the person beside her throughout a meeting. This E.D. had made an assumption of the team member’s behaviour which resulted in strong feelings of frustration. Yet, the E.D. had not spoken directly to the employee. So what was really happening in this scenario? The story the E.D. created...

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How Your Building should be Building Your Culture

Article was written by Carol Ring When we talk about culture we often refer to how work gets done. Today, I’d like to explore where that work gets done. Does your office building provide amazing support or is it just a contained place to congregate? Whenever I think about culture and the physical workspace, I recall the time I attended a Board meeting in Toronto. It was being held at the new offices of Corus Entertainment on the waterfront. I hopped out of the taxi and there before me was an eight-story, all glass building. The automatic...

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