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Your (Life) Raft Could Sink You

May 16, 2017

A traveler was on an epic journey. The kind we have heard about in the writings of antiquity– a hero’s journey of sorts. As he was traveling he encountered a river that was too deep and fast moving to cross without help. The dismayed traveler looked up and down the shore to find a bridge, fallen log, or stones to…

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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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Signaling a Lane Change

October 3, 2016

You’re driving on a fast highway and a car swerves into your lane without any notice.  Your reaction might range from a gentle head shake (tsk, tsk) to jamming on the brakes to ending up in a car crash if you don’t have enough time to react. Signaling a lane change is the law on our roads. Bad things can…

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The Space of Trust

June 6, 2016

A while back, I promised a blog post on confidentiality, a topic I hold dear. As you may recall, I was struggling with coming across as sanctimonious. I had set a June deadline though, so here goes… Moving home to PEI has been a great move. Personally and professionally, I am thriving and enjoying the benefits of small city living.…

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The Bar is High

May 24, 2016

Dear Leader, The bar on your leadership is exceptionally high. Do you have any idea how high? You know you’re expected to set the vision and steer the ship. You know you need to set clear business growth targets, communicate them and motivate your people. You know you need to give them the skills and tools to enable growth. But…

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“No Clothes” Leadership

May 9, 2016

You and your people are busy, overwhelmed even. How come? There’s just so much to be done, you say, in order to grow. Of course there is. And yet, if we unpacked what busyness is for you, we might find: That you’re addicted at some level to busyness = productivity = you being worthwhile as a person (I am. It’s…

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Conflicted about Conflict?

April 12, 2016

What if I told you that having conflict IS the path to getting what you need AND strengthening your relationship with your foe? True…the path is just different than you may have ever experienced. Most of us have a “go to” conflict style. The Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Modes are a good illustration: The modes themselves are not good or bad. Each…

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Your Mindset Matters

March 16, 2016

Your intelligence (or creativity or athletic ability etc.) is something very basic about you that you cannot change very much. OR You can always substantially change how intelligent (or creative or athletic…) you are. Your response may fall somewhere in the middle. Realize it or not, your belief about whether you can change or not permeates every aspect of your…

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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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