To Be Successful You Must Be Seen

My friend, Roy Osing, contributed a piece to the Globe and Mail earlier this Fall with the title quite like ...
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Lessons Learned From Our Home Renovation

My wife, Karen, and I are days away from the completion of a home renovation in Collingwood, Ontario. Someone asked ...
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Are You a Micro-Manager?

I am sure that if I pose this question to a group of 100 managers and leaders barely a few ...
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Failure is Not Fun

Failure is not fun, but if you turn it into a learning experience, you might even think it was worth ...
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Just Because You Can’t See the Holes Doesn’t Mean They Aren’t There

I have a colleague who tells the story of working with a local organization to help with the execution of ...
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Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

Peter Drucker is famous for his line “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”.  I have a good friend, business associate and ...
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6 Reasons That Strategic Plans Fail

I was working with a medium-sized organization recently that finally admitted what many others out there already know, strategic planning ...
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How do you encourage candor in the work space?

I wrote this blog back in April 2015 and thought it was worth another read. Tony Gareri is the CEO ...
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3 Ways to Say Thank You

When was the last time you said, ‘thank you’ unexpectedly to someone on your team? This past weekend was our ...
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Strategy Execution Culture. You need to be agile.

Developing a Strategy Execution Culture involves a lot of moving parts.  One of which is aglity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIft_BOI23A ...
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You Have to Be Different to Stand Out In The Crowd

Many people, young and old, often wonder why they’re not getting the next promotion or that new job. My question ...
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Five Things I Learned About Organizational Change Management [OCM]

This is a new version of a post I published in 2014 right after I hosted a gathering of senior ...
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Are You An ‘Inspirational’ Leader?

I have been blogging weekly for 4 years now and, as I look at the stats, I see one post ...
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Meetings, Meetings, And Fewer Meetings

Enough already!  We are calling too many meetings, with attendees that do not have be there, without attendees that should ...
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Do Not Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

How many times have you said yes to something and regretted it later? Often these are small decisions producing small ...
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Are Your Meetings Really Worth It?

(Edited from a previous posting in July, 2015) The statistics are staggering… 37 percent of employee time is spent in ...
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Do You Ask Enough Questions?

We celebrated my father, Bill Barrett’s, 100th birthday a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, he was not there as he passed ...
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Get Your Audience To Pay Attention

If you’ve presented enough times, like I have, you will know that sinking feeling as you look out and realize ...
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Do You Have a Positive Attitude?

(Revised from a previous post – July, 2014) A positive attitude goes right to the core of leadership – motivation ...
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Are You Crisis Ready?

Are you ready for a disaster? Are you prepared to handle a crisis both personally and professionally? This weekend, I ...
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Do You Set Clear, Achievable Expectations?

Many years ago, I worked for a boss who really didn’t like me. This became obvious the day he started ...
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Are you Committed?

(Previously published July 23, 2014) I have been trying to think about leadership without commitment.  I can’t. They simply cannot ...
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Passion Sells

I woke up today not really sure what I was going to write about and then three things happened that ...
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Can You Sell?

Originally posted September, 2014 but worth a read again… I was listening to a keynote speaker at a conference last ...
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Who is Your Coach?

Wayne Gretzky has a coach and he’s arguably the best hockey player in the world. Lebron James has a coach ...
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Is Delegation One of Your Strengths?

Delegation is a key management skill whether it be project management, general management or operational management.  This should be one ...
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All Leaders Need To Be Creative

This blog was originally posted August, 2014.   If you want to stand out in the crowd as a leader you ...
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Smile!

Are you one of the lucky ones who wakes up every morning, or enters an office space, or gets on ...
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Do you have a Sense of Humor?

A bear walks into a bar and sits at the counter. Bar tender asks him what he will have - ...
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How Confident Are You?

In 2014, Forbes.com ranked confidence as the 5th most important attribute of a leader today. Why?  Because confidence, or lack ...
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Are You a Micro-manager?

I am sure that if I pose this question to a group of 100 hundred managers and leaders barely a ...
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How Are You at Managing Expectations?

Managing expectations is one of the most important keys to our success as project managers and leaders. Some might say ...
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Thank You

This is a big week in the United States. The Thanksgiving holiday brings together families and friends from across lands ...
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Are You a Good Corporate Ambassador?

Bob is a senior consultant with a local technology firm.  He was out at a party last weekend when someone ...
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On Successful Leadership

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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3 Leadership Tips When Everything Is Going Well

Leadership training so often focuses on the hard stuff: managing people, managing stress, managing change and so forth.  We don’t ...
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Your 20 Second Elevator Speech

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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What is the Core Element of a Leadership Position?

I read a great interview recently in the Globe and Mail Report on Business by Brenda Bouw with David Garofalo, ...
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5 Things Project Managers Can Do Now for Leadership Positions Tomorrow

Last week we talked about the shortage of qualified resources who could be considered for the leadership positions being left ...
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It’s Time to Review Your Plan

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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It’s Time to Take a Leap

I love the end of summer - almost as much as I love the beginning of summer. These two periods ...
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Things Smart Business People Do – They Are Always Learning

Today I continue my summer series based on an article written by Roy Osing called “10 Things Smart Business People ...
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Things Good Leaders Do – They Stay in Touch

As I continue to highlight another of the “10 Things Smart Business People Do” by Roy Osing in The Globe ...
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Things Good Leaders Do – They are Contrarian by Nature

Success comes from doing what others are not doing. Whether you are a professional looking for a job, or a ...
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Things Good Leaders Do – Spend Time on the Coalface

Have you ever heard the term “at the coalface”?  I had not, so I took a quick trip to the ...
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6 Leadership Tips From an NHL Executive

The Globe and Mail carried a great article on July 18, 2016, entitled “You need to be humble, you need ...
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Things Good Leaders Do – They Are “Mindless” About Execution

I continue my summer review my friend, Roy Osing’s, article from The Globe and Mail on June 3, 2016 entitled ...
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Things Good Leaders Do – They Become Known Champions of Change

I continue to review my friend Roy Osing’s article from The Globe and Mail on June 3, 2016 entitled “10 ...
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Things Good Leaders Do – Avoid the Perfect Solution

I continue to review my friend Roy Osing’s article from The Globe and Mail on June 3, 2016 entitled “10 ...
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Things Good Leaders Do – Align Tactical Activity to the Strategic Game Plan

My friend Roy Osing wrote a great article that was published in The Globe and Mail on June 3, 2016 ...
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The Friday Report: What Executives and Project Sponsors Really Want From Us

Updated from an article originally posted December, 2013. What do executives or project sponsors really want from us? There are ...
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Take an Interest in Other People’s Lives

My wife and I were on one of our road trips recently and had an occasion to meet up with ...
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The Best Leadership Training is Parenthood

I was watching my daughter dealing with my three-year-old granddaughter the other day and I was amazed at two things: ...
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Build Your Own High Performance Team – An Interview with Ted Kallman

Ted Kallman, author, consultant and trainer discusses his model for building high performance teams. Ted's upcoming book is due out ...
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I Only Read the First Three Sentences!

We all read a lot of very long documents: proposals, reports, stories etc.  Or at least we are asked to ...
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How Quick Are You to React?

I write this after an incident in a meeting last week. Someone made a suggestion and I reacted with what ...
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When Stuff Changes – Manage Your People

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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4 Tips to Better Understand Your Audience

I had an important meeting last week with an individual with whom I work very closely. Everything was not right ...
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Be Different or Be Dead – An Interview With Roy Osing

Roy Osing takes strategic planning to its basics: How big do you want to be? Who do you want to ...
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Real Reason You Never Feel Motivated at Work – Fortune

Good advice for all leaders  "...at the end of the day, nothing is a better motivator than the idea that ...
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Leadership is Not About Change

“Leadership is not about change but newly minted leaders always want to make change even when change is not warranted.” ...
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“I try to Avoid Hiring PMPs” – The Other Side

Ok - I have been blogging every week since January, 2014 and I have never seen a response like that ...
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“I Try to Avoid Hiring PMP’s.”

Not a great start to the day when you hear this from someone in the gym.  And that’s what happened ...
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Are You Willing to Fail?

I’m launching a new initiative this week called ProjectTalks.  This is a one evening event with five speakers over two ...
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You Aren’t a Leader Until Someone Calls You One

A very wise person recently commented to me that leadership is easy.  If someone calls you THEIR leader, you are ...
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Are You An Anointed One?

I grew up with a few people who considered themselves the ‘anointed ones’.  They were seemingly guaranteed the big job ...
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10 Ways You Can Show Leadership Without a Title – Create Great Company Culture with The Mojo Company

In our journey to a a more senior position - or to our first leadership position - there is lots ...
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8 Momentous Steps You Can Take to Thrive as a Leader | Inc.com

I love lists like this.  It came from a question asked in Quora "How can I gain the confidence to ...
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How Confident Are You?

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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10 Leadership Practices to Stop Today

I so loved #1 on this list I had to re-post...."Micro-management, or the need to control every aspect of your ...
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Reality Checks Leaders Must Give Themselves in 2016

I like this article.  Marcel Schwantes offers three reality checks for leaders for 2016 on motivation, talent retention and attraction ...
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Leadership Opportunities Within the BA Space

"...the analyst who leads the work is ultimately going to be more successful."  Barb Davis (bdavis@rqxglobal.com, @rqxglobal, www.rqxglobal.com offers a unique look ...
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4 Steps to Making ‘Plan A’ a Reality

It was two years ago today when I walked into the office of my boss at DBC Canada and gave ...
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Who Should Make the Decision?

When Target Canada decided to close up after just 2 years of operation they put 17,600 people out of work, ...
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Faith & Leadership: Leaders must develop the qualities of the heart – Discover Your True North

To be a great leader today, you have to have a great head and a great heart Source: Faith & ...
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“4 Secrets To Making Time For Leadership” – New at TanveerNaseer.com

Hummm - a Personal Operating System for managing time.   Nice. Source: "4 Secrets To Making Time For Leadership" - ...
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3 Steps to Good Judgement and Decision Making

Every once in a while we see a leader making a huge decision. We may not like it or believe ...
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Three Ways to Say Thank You

This is a special week for all of our US friends.  Thanksgiving presents a unique time to get together with ...
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5 Reasons Strategic Plans Fail

Every organization needs a plan. Every leader needs a plan - a vision for the future.  Every leader needs to ...
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Listening Is an Art, and Mastering it Will Make You a Great Leader

Any post reminding us of the importance of listening is worth a read. "A wise man once said, 'We have ...
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Communicating is a Science

Optionally View This Post in Slideshare - scroll to the bottom of this post and view the slides.  Great communicators ...
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What Are You Doing to Serve Others?

Leaders Stand Out in the Service of Others. Today’s headlines are screaming with human tragedy.  The refugee crisis has come ...
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Make it Personal

Great leaders understand that we all have lives outside the organization and a healthy employee is one with a balanced ...
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What are Your Core Values and Who Cares?

This post is available in SlideShare format  - scroll to the bottom to view. We know that in order to ...
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4 Steps to Becoming More Resilient

I recently heard a popular leader referred to as ‘tough as nails”.  She is famous for being in difficult situations ...
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5 Things a Leader Should Do to Set a Good Example?

Optionally View This Post in Slideshare - scroll to the bottom of this post and view the slides.  I was ...
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4 Things My Wife has Learned about Leadership at the PanAm Games

In case you didn’t know it, the Pan Am games are in full swing now in Toronto. I know this ...
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Is It Time To Clean Up Your Meetings?

Is it time to clean up your meetings? Mismanaged, poorly run, disorganized meetings can cost an organization $ ‘000’s a ...
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Prepare Today for Leadership Tomorrow

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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Check Your Ego!

We often hear the words “check your ego at the door”.  Originally, I was thinking that this should be the ...
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Do Your Presentations Open With a POP?

You have 2 minutes to catch my attention. If you fail, you have lost not just me, but most of ...
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Are you Committed?

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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3 Tips for Better Presentations

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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An Interview with Me – David Barrett

My friend Tony Higgins, at BluePrint Software, interviewed me awhile back and was able to cover a lot of ground ...
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Are You Good at Delegation?

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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Are You Agile?

Anyone in the project management or business analysis space knows that the word ‘Agile’ is a unique methodology or process ...
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Are You Honest and Ethical?

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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6 Things You Can Do to Prepare for Leadership – Part 2

Last week I wrote part one of ‘6 Things You Can Do to Prepare for Leadership”.   I mentioned that the ...
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6 Things You Can Do Today to Prepare for Leadership Tomorrow

Many of us are in what I call a pre-leadership position.  We are in a role where we are managing ...
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Are you Emotionally Fit to Lead?

Forbes.com recently published an article called “5 Ways To Transform Yourself Into A Leader” in which it suggested that leaders ...
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Do You Have a 20 Second Elevator Speech?

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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Candor is the Key to Business Success

Today I want to talk about an article that was sent to me by a good friend awhile back which ...
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6 Steps to Better Time Management for All Leaders

I had a friend in my life a while back who was heading up a very large corporation in Winnipeg ...
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What Kind of Leader Do You Want?

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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Are You Practicing ‘Good Meetings’?

Do people leave your meetings saying “That was a really valuable use of my time” or “What a great meeting!”?  ...
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Leaders Need a Sense of Humor (Humour)

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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Our Job is to Inspire

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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Be Aware of Your Personal Limitations

I attended the retirement party for Dave Toycen, CEO, World Vision Canada, this past Friday.  Dave is an amazing man ...
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10 Reasons Leaders Should Be Givers

I attended a retirement celebration in honour of David Toycen, CEO, World Vision Canada this past Friday.  It was a ...
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Can Project Managers Make Great Leaders?

Welcome to my new Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought ...
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Listen… Please!

Listen... Please!  Communication skills are one of the most important attributes for managers and leaders at all levels. But when ...
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You Need a Plan B

Welcome to my new Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought ...
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Great Leaders Know How to Inspire

Welcome to my new Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought ...
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Listen, Wait, Listen Some More and Then Act

Yesterday I spoke to a past PMI President from Europe, as part of a research project for a new speech ...
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When Was The Last Time You Wrote a Letter?

When Was The Last Time You Wrote a Letter? I mean a real letter using a pen, paper, envelope and ...
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How Are You at Saying “I am Sorry”?

I’m sorry.  There, I said it.  I made a mistake and I am sorry.  All should be fine now. As leaders, ...
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What is Good Leadership? An Interview With Catherine Daw

Catherine Daw is a long time friend and colleague who specializes in leadership business transformation, strategy implementation, operational excellence and ...
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Are You Able To Change Your Leadership Style?

Mark was a very effective leader. Typically assigned to projects that are mission-critical and tight on time and budget, he ...
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My Top 3 Tips for Great Presentations

After the great response to last year’s post 3 Tools to Conquer Your Fear of Presenting I thought I would ...
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When Was the Last Time You Did an Office ‘WalkAbout’?

If you are a manager at any level, a leader, or even a coordinator of a group of people, you ...
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It’s Time to Get Out and Network With Your Peers

Please use the buttons at the bottom of this post to share with your colleagues.  It's time to get out ...
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Are You an Organization Ambassador?

This holiday season please remember that you are an ‘Organization Ambassador’. These are the words I used just yesterday in ...
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3 Tools to Conquer Your Fear of Presenting

The fear of presenting holds many people back in their careers. It is said that less than 20% of the ...
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Do You Take the Necessary Time to Prepare?

I’m often accused of moving too fast and not preparing properly. Of course I always argue that this is not ...
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Do You Make the First 5 Minutes Count?

You have an appointment with your new project sponsor, potential customer or new partner.  You have never met them before.  ...
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Do You Have a 20 Second Elevator Speech?

You should!  No matter what age, what state of your career, you should have short, succinct introduction to you: personally ...
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Have you said ‘thanks’ or ‘well done’ lately?

When was the last time you approached an employee, team member or peer and said 'thanks for a job well ...
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Are You Prepared to Change the Plan – Move to Plan B?

Plan B is not the ultimate goal. Plan A is. But life does not always work out like we hoped ...
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How Do You Handle The Rough Times?

Life doesn’t always go as planned. In business, we need to be ready for the unexpected, the rough times and ...
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Can You Sell?

I was listening to a keynote speaker at a conference last winter when I heard the words “every leader needs ...
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Are You an Explorer?

This world needs explorers who are willing to take risks and willing to fail. Are you one of them? We ...
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Should You Ignore your Weaknesses and Leverage Your Strengths?

Our local newspaper here in Toronto carried an article recently by Harvey Schachter entitled “Ten Flawed Leadership Gems”. He was ...
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The Top 10 Qualities That Make a Great Leader.

I have been working through an article from Forbes.com this summer that listed the top 10 qualities that make a ...
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Mindful Leadership – An Interview With Wendy Woods

Early this summer, I sat down with Wendy Woods to find out what Mindful Leadership is all about. What is ...
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Key Leadership Trait #10 – The Ability to Inspire

I have been working through an article from Forbes.com this summer that listed the top 10 qualities that make a ...
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Key Leadership Trait #9 – Intuition

Forbes.com published an article recently listing its nominations for the top 10 attributes of a great leader. I have been ...
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Key Leadership Trait #8 – Creativity

If you want to stand out in the crowd as a leader you need to make creative thinking a core ...
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Key Leadership Trait #7 – Positive Attitude

My summer review of the top 10 leadership qualities, according to Forbes.com, continues with #7 – a positive attitude. A ...
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Key Leadership Trait #6 – Commitment

Week six in our series on the top 10 leadership traits, according to Forbes.com.  This time we look at Commitment ...
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Key Leadership Trait #5 – Confidence

“As the leader, by staying calm and confident, you will help keep the team feeling the same.”  Forbes.com produced an ...
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Key Leadership Trait #4 – a Sense of Humor

As my series on the top 10 leadership traits, according to Forbes Magazine, continues we move onto the #4 spot ...
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Key Leadership Trait #3 – Communication

As part of my series on the top 10 leadership traits, according to Forbes Magazine, we now move on to ...
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Key Leadership Trait #2 – Your Ability to Delegate

Are you able to delegate effectively? Let’s start this discussion with a look at two young companies. Wedonotdelegateverywell Inc. was ...
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Honesty and Integrity – Key Elements for All Managers and Leaders

As the summer of 2014 draws near I am thinking about the key elements of good and great leadership and ...
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John Mattone’s 3 C’s of Leadership

John Mattone is a thought leader on leadership and talent management. As the lead keynote speaker he introduced us to his ...
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