Not another meeting: the three purposes of meetings

Posted by on November 28, 2016

We have all been to bad meetings. You know the ones: no agenda, no time limit as to when the meeting is to end, too much on the agenda, a vague agenda, and finally the impromptu meeting aka “let’s get some people together and talk about it…” I read reams of articles about many people […]

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The Leadership Lid…are you the lid?

Posted by on September 17, 2016

Many of us have been there: you report to someone that “doesn’t get it.” The frustration in the air is palpable. The leader of the group dictates the progress, the environment and ultimately the effectiveness of the team. The leader is the lid the team bumps up against in their desire to be more. Every […]

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The Leadership Gap

Posted by on July 20, 2016

In a recent podcast called Meeting the Leadership Transition Challenge, my guest Jane Halford of Bolt Transition indicated that 40% of all leadership transitions fail within the first 18 months. While this is shocking in and of itself, there are even more alarming numbers in the workforce composition. The vast majority of our senior leaders are in the boomer generation aged 50- […]

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The top 3 qualities of leadership I learned from mountain climbing

Posted by on June 2, 2016

Even before I reached the summit of Mount Everest, I had discovered many components of great leadership. Like you, I have read a book or two about leadership. I started creating lists of leadership qualities I had gathered from mentors, books and colleagues. But my profound understanding of leadership came from my experience on mountains leading […]

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The Many C’s of Leadership – old

Posted by on May 26, 2016

The Leadership Series Like many of you I have been sucked into a link titled the 3 C’s of leadership or the 6  C’s of leadership and I have read a book or two about leadership.  What I have discovered is that there are many, many C’s of leadership and, depending on the author or […]

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Why you need to challenge your business assumptions

Posted by on April 30, 2016

It is easy to get trapped in the rut of “market of one” thinking (if I like this every one else should).  To mitigate this thinking our team regularly takes one of our websites and submits it to a user testing group. This group is tasked to answer questions such as describing the purpose of […]

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Leadership doesn’t mean being out in front

Posted by on January 20, 2016

The Hero Leader The image of a leader is often an individual out front. Leaders lead. I agree with this. What I do not agree with is the image of the superhero leader. I believe leadership is more about soft qualities such as courage, discipline, patience, perseverance, consensus building, listening, coaching and consistency; as opposed […]

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Can company values be more than just words?

Posted by on October 25, 2015

I was at a vendor meeting last week.  I was explaining to the two people in the meeting room how our advertising needs to be more than just call to action, the message needs to be 100% on brand, it has to integrate with our event boxes, running an ad one day late into next […]

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Leaders Lead

Posted by on June 7, 2012

Leaders also listen. In my profession I lead sales and marketing teams, for recreation I lead teams in the mountains. Recently on an attempt of a shark finned unclimbed peak (Mt Saskatchewan; 11, 385 ft in the Centennial Range, Kluane National Park, Yukon) I faced my greatest leadership challenge. The team Prairie Vertical faced increasing consequence […]

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