The Cancelling Effect For Leaders

March 1, 2016

Ask the leaders in most companies how they are growing the business and you’ll hear about marketing & sales, lean manufacturing, innovation, attraction and retention of top talent, and acquisitions etc. While leaders will readily agree that effective leaders drive business performance, improving leadership effectiveness is rarely a leadership priority. And if it is a priority, the focus is often…

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The Improvised Leader is Better Than You Think

February 17, 2016

Show up at any improv course and you’ll learn rule #1: The rule of agreement. Player One might say: This is the biggest fish I’ve ever caught. Player Two could reply: Yes, and it’s very smelly! Agreeing that the fish is big and offering ‘smelly’ helps build the scene. Insisting instead that the fish is not big, risks stumping Player…

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There’s More to Decisions Than Decision Making

February 2, 2016

As business leaders, we are regularly faced with decisions. The big ones can grind us to a halt. Little ones can get blown out of proportion. Putting off a decision can sometimes be strategic but indecision is rarely good business. I like to dig deep into the leader and the leadership team’s beliefs and behaviours. Technical fixes have their place…

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Leading. Two Options. One Choice. *

January 19, 2016

As leaders, we have two choices about the way we show up: responsive or resistant. There are only two ways of being. And it is a choice although we are rarely conscious of making it. In the responsive way, I see others as they are—as people. I am responsive to their reality: their concerns, their hopes, their needs, their fears.…

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You Don’t Delegate Well? The Problem is NOT What You Think

October 14, 2015

Coaches and consultants have been failing clients for a long time when it comes to helping them become better leaders by more effectively delegating.  Many offer tips and recipes like this illustrated wikiHow. I’ve done it myself—offered a technical response to what is likely a non technical challenge.  Infrequently, this will do the trick.  For most, the issue is far deeper…

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You Put Yourself Into Overwhelm, And You Don’t Even Know Why

October 7, 2015

It was 6:06 a.m. on a Friday morning.  The day before we had travelled to our “Cape Breton home away from home” to spend a few days.  My partner had been sick all night and I woke up with a sore throat. I sat down hoping to write a draft of this post before anyone else got up.  That allusion…

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“To Be…is To Be Liked” and Other Leadership Traps

September 23, 2015

This past summer I spent a week in Minneapolis getting trained and certified in The Leadership Circle 360 Profile (TLCP). I went with excitement for new learning, big hopes of a new offering for my coaching clients, and some trepidation about whether or not I would believe in the leadership assessment framework I was to learn. My experience in Mini-apple-a-soda…

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Why Leaders Use Coaches

September 9, 2015

There’s the clinical list of why leaders use coaches and the real reasons. I’d rather tell you the reasons why I’ve paid my hard earned money for coaching and the real reasons why my clients hire me. But first, let’s cover the dry bits.  Most articles you read about why leaders hire business or executive coaches will talk about structure…

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Pink’s Manifesto Calls for Flipping Conventional Wisdom

April 15, 2012

Get rid of your vacation policy.  Stop tying compensation to performance.  Pay more to your people than the market demands. Drop the self-affirmations and doubt yourself instead.  Forget about annual performance reviews. And for goodness sake, pay more attention to your “To Don’t” list than your “To Do” list.  Daniel Pink’s recently released Flip Manifesto (available gratis here) offers 16…

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How to be a Leader in the Workplace

February 14, 2012

Leaders Must Communicate The key is communication. Many leaders don’t realize how much they have to communicate so I have 3 key skills which I teach. The art of asking powerful questions, the skill of curiosity and the skill of listening. You can talk to any co-active coach and learn about those more deeply but it’s learning how to listen…

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