In my line of work facilitating retreats and strategic planning, I often meet with an executive who will outline what he or she has in mind for the event. Sometimes, the “vision” for the day is so crystal clear that … Continue reading
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This team activity allows you to creatively demonstrate the power of a collective vision. It works with any size group and requires about 5 minutes. You will need easel paper and a marking pen.
I was talking to a client this past week about my last blog posting and she asked, “So what’s the difference between a process map and a customer journey map?” A great question, indeed as they are really two sides … Continue reading
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?”
At church this past Sunday, a lady told me her son came away from one of my events inspired and positive about his future. However, she continued to imply that my remarks about a person’s ability to get anything they … Continue reading
According to Statistics Canada, over 1,000 people turn 65 every single day which means more people are contemplating retirement now than ever in history. Studies show that some are thinking about working beyond the traditional age of retirement, while others … Continue reading
Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” And now is the best time of the year to do that. At a year-beginning meeting, I once had a participant say, “But we spoke … Continue reading
This past week I spoke with Dave Duffy, general manager of Atlantic Adjusters. I asked him: “What do you feel is the biggest issue facing companies over the next five years?” His answer: “Succession planning”.
Driving down the road this week, I noticed new potatoes sprouting through the ground. This is great news, as it means the rain we experienced lately is getting our crops off to a good start.
I was having lunch with a colleague and the conversation meandered toward the Landmark Forum, a derivative of Werner Erhard’s est (Erhard Seminars Training). I mentioned that I had taken the course over 15 years ago and that it had made … Continue reading
I was recently asked to speak with students in the fourth year Entrepreneurs Business Program at UPEI. Since my normal audiences are usually executives, managers, and professionals, I wondered what message I would share that could help scholars at this … Continue reading
For the past few months, I have been facilitating several strategic planning efforts and I am loathing to create an enormous strategy document that no one ever reads – or refers to again. It simply becomes “credenzaware” – sitting untouched, but … Continue reading
This week, Joe and I are doing our strategic planning in beautiful Palm Beach Shores, FL. We work in the morning and then “play” in the afternoon, soaking up the sun (although I hear a cold front is moving in…..drat!).
This past summer I was surprised to hear that so many organizations in PEI do not allow the current trends in business (like social media) in their organizations. I wonder: did they not allow calculators, credit cards, automobiles or telephones … Continue reading
Based on my experience and statistics from the Gallup organization, over 70 per cent of all dysfunctional employee behaviour is caused by their manager, or the management culture. Whether you are looking for engaged employees, or staff that will provide … Continue reading