This is an awesome activity for developing cooperation among team members and to gain problem-solving experience. It works best with groups of 4 to 8 people and requires 10 to 15 minutes. Continue reading “Team Building Activity: To Build a Bridge” »
Thanksgiving is my absolute best, all-time, favorite holiday! It’s not because of the turkey and all the trimmings (although I do like cooking a big turkey – and making turkey soup the day after), or the fact that the weather seems to change right about now (Believe it or not, the nights are MUCH cooler here in Scottsdale). Continue reading “Happy Thanksgiving!” »
I am sure many of you have been noticing that PEI is now catching up with the rest of the world and installing more traffic circles or “roundabouts.” I highly commend this move. These efficient, traffic movers have been used for over 50 years in other countries. Continue reading “Creating Roundabout Style Workflow” »
At the recent Chief Executive Network Fall Leadership Conference at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Brent Adamson, principal executive advisor at CEB and co-author of The Challenger Sale and The Challenger Customer, shared his insights on the dynamics of large, complex purchases. Continue reading “Try this Process for High-Stakes Decision-Making” »
This past week at our Reinvent Atlantic Canada Leadership Conference in Fredericton, NB, Kristin and I had the pleasure of getting to know an interesting entrepreneur. He was the first attendee to arrive, sat up front, and was totally engaged throughout the event. Continue reading “The Huggable Entrepreneur: Professionalism in the Used Car Industry” »
Many years ago, I participated in a business coaching/mastermind group led by Rick Corbin. During one of our many sessions, he shared an insight on human behavior that has stuck with me all these years. I can’t remember exactly what he said, but here’s the gist of it: Continue reading “Understand Your Team: 4 Simple Things That Motivate Employee Behavior” »
Some entrepreneurs realize they want to own their own business at a very young age. Others discover their passion after working for someone else, but want more independence, and their hard work and loyalty to be properly rewarded. Continue reading “The Accidental Entrepreneur” »
We make decisions each and every day. Some are little, some are big and a few are life-changing. Regardless of the relative importance of the decision, I like to use this one simple question that I call “the light switch question.” Continue reading “The Light Switch to Making Great Decisions” »
Being an entrepreneur is not the glamorous life some people believe it is. Many people only see the end result of someone who has paid the price and made it. They are not aware of the stress, the risk, the uncertainty and the sacrifices that were made throughout the journey. Continue reading “The Making of an Entrepreneur” »
Years ago I asked a young relative what he wanted to do after he completed his education. His response was: “I want to own my own business”.
“That’s great,” I said. “But why?” Continue reading “The Entrepreneurial Mindset” »
I had the pleasure of being interviewed today for the podcast “Steal the Show” by Michael Port. What a great discussion about facilitation and panel moderation. At one point in the interview, Michael mentioned a technique that he encourages all his panelists to use: Rather than saying, “But” and expressing a different point of view, how about saying, “Yes, and….” Continue reading “Be Additive with a “Yes And…”” »
Should corporations and individuals engage in philanthropy? In 1989, Andrew Carnegie’s advice was to spend the first part of your life getting as much education as possible, spend the second part making all the money you could, and spend the last part giving most of it away. Many successful people follow this recipe. Continue reading “What 5 Successful Leaders are Giving Away” »
At a morning business meeting with my colleague Mike Cassidy, we were reminiscing about how hard it is to find time to connect. We discussed how the latest technologies are causing many of us to work seven days a week. But, are we really getting more stuff done? Prevailing research says no. Continue reading “Take a Day Off to Increase Productivity” »
I first heard Terri Sjodin speak about being “scrappy” when she was promoting her book, Mentoring, that she co-authored with Floyd Wickman (which I also highly recommend!). That was over 15 years ago…and now she is sharing the precise details about how to be “scrappy” in her NEW book, Scrappy: A Little Book About Choosing to Play Big.
I remember hearing a story many years ago about a receptionist who simply did her job. Came in at 9am, when home at 5pm. Did what she was asked, and not a whole lot more. Smiled at people she liked and tolerated others. Then, after some discussion about her purpose at the company, she realized she was the first point of contact. Continue reading “What’s in a Title? Creative Process for Selecting Motivating Job Titles” »