Throughout our lives, we all struggle with balancing our professional with our personal life. Some will say that there is no such thing. However, I believe the future is not about balance, but work-life integration. Continue reading “Entrepreneur Tips for Leading a Balanced Life” »
Corporate boards often talk about strategic issues at their meetings – but in my experience as a professional meeting facilitator, they talk about the strategic issues they know about. The ones they can see on their horizon. But what about the issues that are a tad bit out of their reach? Issues that aren’t even on their radar? Issues they should be talking about, but aren’t on the agenda? Continue reading “Top 10 Issues Facing Corporate Boards in 2017” »
According to Forbes Magazine, less than one third of family businesses survive the transition from first to second generation ownership. Another 50% do not survive the transition from second to third generation. That means only 12% of family owned businesses make it to the third generation. Continue reading “Why a Family Business Outperforms a Non-family Business” »
If you could cross the creative talent of a right brain artist with the brilliance of a left-brain business entrepreneur, what would you get? That answer would be Tara MacLean.
Continue reading “Turning Creative Talent into a Viable Business” »
I was working at a Dallas hotel and across the hall was a “hackathon” with about 100 people randomly working together. There was a large projection screen with an internal chat feed and rows of tables with laptops. On the sides, there were high-top tables and couches for collaborative conversations. As far as I could tell, there was no one “running the meeting.” Continue reading “Spark Innovation at Corporate Events with a “Hackathon”” »
Today, we celebrate Canada Day in the birthplace of the Confederation. P.E.I. is also the birthplace for many new and creative ideas from our local business people. Continue reading “An Amazing Entrepreneur with an “Intrapreneurial” Spirit” »
Last week, I was talking to a business owner who said that hiring the right people continues to be one of his greatest challenges. In my experience, most businesses wait too long to fill a vacancy, then hire too quickly. After realizing a mistake had been made, they take too long to terminate. Continue reading “3 Hiring Strategies Successful Organizations Use” »
I was having a rather deep conversation with a client discussing leadership styles when I asked a fairly provocative question: “Have you ever hit a ‘rough spot’ in your leadership journey?” Continue reading “Leadership Lessons from Rough Spots, Bumps, and Black Holes” »
In many of my seminars I speak about the importance of using power to get things done. But first let me say, all power is good, yet power can be bad. It is the utility of power that makes it good or bad. Continue reading “Managers: Don’t Dismiss Your Legitimate Power” »
The Dalai Lama commented that what surprises him the most is:
So many people sacrifice their health in order to gain money. Then later in life sacrifice their money to regain their health.
This activity is innovative for helping the team to form a way of working with each other that is consistent with the way clients/patients/customers are treated by their organization. Use this activity with 8 to 10 people. The exercise requires 10 to 15 minutes. Continue reading “Team Building Activity: Walking Our Talk” »
Recently, Barbara Mayhew commented in a blog about the P.E.I. WCB ruling that awarded benefits to a widow after her husband’s death was linked to workplace bullying and harassment.
Continue reading “Strategies to Reduce Workplace Bullying” »
Try this experiment: Take one rotten apple and place it in a bowl of fresh new apples. Walk away for a day or two and see what happens to the rest of the apples.
This past week I received a call from an associate who is an amazing facilitator, Donald Wolter. He and his team are developing a HIPO Leadership program. He wanted to know – “What is the most important quality that a leader must exemplify?” Continue reading “What’s the Most Important Quality A Leader Must Have?” »
To achieve a collaborative consensus, it’s crucial to hear from everyone at the table. But what happens when you want to be heard, but get interrupted all the time so your ideas never see the light of day? Continue reading “How to Minimize “Manterrupting”” »