How Knowing Your Employees Helps to set them (and You) Up for Success

As a leader, how well do you know your team members as people? Do you know what their top priorities are in their life as well as their work? I remember a few years back, listening to an exceptional leader, Marc Petitpas, speak about how he took the time to meet with each employee and understand them as people. What were their life goals in five years – not just career, but personal as well. This helped him to lead them and ensure that opportunities for success were shared with them. What gets in the way of you sitting down and talking with...

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Judgmental Leadership Stunts Growth and Development

Lately, I’ve been finding the amount of judgment in the online world overwhelming. Comments about certain political leaders which are as critical and condemning as the leader’s original behaviour was. Judgment creates blocked energy which invites more criticism, less compassion and diminishes opportunities for change. Judgment and the negativity that goes along with it becomes a dark shadow that prevents growth. In the research of Rosenthal and Jacobson, teachers were falsely told that some of their students had been identified as...

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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 drained to low. As...

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