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Leader: What’s Your Status?

April 15, 2017

I’m a rookie when it comes to improv theatre. Even as a rookie, though, I have already learned a ton. You might be surprised how much of it translates into how I coach and lead. I’ve written before about how the improvised leader is better than you think. In that post, I was focussed on an improv basic called the…

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Leaders: Focus First on Your Inner Game

September 16, 2015

When we think of the best leaders, we often think of qualities like visionary, strategic, and inspiring.  Self aware doesn’t usually top the list . And yet, a study shared by the American Management Association looked at 72 executives at public and private companies (revenues from $50 million to $5 billion) and found that a high self-awareness score was the…

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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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How to Build a Strong Marketing Foundation

May 1, 2015

Marketing is pointless unless you start with a solid foundation. Mark Maraia calls going to a business lunch unprepared a random act of lunch. Posting a scattered bio on LinkedIn or showing up at a business mixer unable to clearly explain how you help your clients is equally random. Random acts of marketing don’t add up to solid results. Random…

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Are You Selling Vitamins or Aspirin?

November 14, 2010

We all know that we need certain vitamins to be healthy.  Aspirin, on the other hand, takes away our pain.  The famous brother duo of Dan and Chip Heath of Switch:  How to Change Things When Change is Hard fame write a great piece is this month’s Fast Company about felt need. If a nutshell, if you are selling an idea,…

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Mix of Business and Pleasure is Music to Your Ears

October 22, 2010

Last night I hosted an intimate and communal experience at my house. Almost 20 people partook and everyone seemed to have a fantastic time.  Before you go too far in imagining what I am describing, let me stop you in your tracks.  The event last night was a house concert and the artist was Nova Scotia singer/ songwriter Ian Sherwood.…

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Are You on the Flywheel or the Doom Loop?

July 4, 2010

Pam Slim applies Jim Collin’s Hedgehog concept to help you find your career passion in her recent book Escape from Cubicle Nation. The comparisons below are taken from Good to Great and apply to business.  Good to Great companies (GTGC) follow a pattern of build up to breakthrough (an accumulation of steps, one after the other, turn by turn of the fly wheel; it…

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Are You (Your business) Heading Toward Greatness or Doom?

July 4, 2010

Good to great transformations don’t happen in one fell swoop says Jim Collins. Collins uses the concept of a fly wheel (a massive metal disk mounted horizonally on its axle, 30 feet in diameter and 5000 lbs).  The first pushes to turn the wheel take a lot of energy and the wheel inches forward. Add lots more energy and many…

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When to call the coach

June 5, 2010

Hey, look who is featured today! What a pleasure to wake up and read the great coverage on business coaching (and my coaching!) as today’s feature on the front page of the business section of The Gazette: When to Call the Coach. Thank you Alison MacGregor for writing a balanced and comprehensive feature on business coaching. Thank you, Marie-Claude Pelletier, my client and President of Les…

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Faith and Brutal Reality- The Stockdale Paradox

June 4, 2010

Admiral Jim Stockdale was a prisoner of war (POW) in Vietnam. Jim Collins writes about him in Good to Great. Stockdale was imprisoned for 8 years from 1965 to 1973 and tortured over 20 times. As a prisoner he did everything in his power to create conditions that would increase the likelihood that he and his fellow prisoners would survive…

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