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Are You a Micro-Manager?

Last published in this blog November, 2017 I am sure that if I posed this question to a group of 100 managers and leaders, barely a few will put their

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Now is the Time to Find Your Coach

Well, actually it was time to find your coach a long time ago. But that’s alright.  There’s still time. They figured out many moons ago that professional athletes needed coaches.

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Do You Have a Sense of Humour (Humor)?

(Originally published April 2014 but always worth a re-read) Let’s start by getting over the spelling thing.  For my readers south of the border, read ‘humor’.  Everyone else, read with

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Protect, Survive and Prepare

I launched ProjectTalks Virtual this past week.  I must say, running a conference virtually is not easy.  We certainly ran into our fair share of technical issues – but learned

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Culture Drives Strategy at Medtronic

“Culture drives strategy” says my podcast guest, Michael O’Connor. Michael is the Director of Strategy and Project Management at Medtronic out of the Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area.  Metronic is a

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Drastic Times Call for Kinder Measures

“Two things stand like stone. Kindness in another’s trouble, Courage in your own.” Adam Lindsay Gordon These beautiful words are inscribed over the fireplace in the building my Great Grandfather

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A Good Leader Has Three Plans

(first published in April, 2014 – three months into my blogging journey!) Good leaders don’t need just one plan – they need three! A organizational strategic plan A professional strategic

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Do You Have a Plan B?

If I suggested to you that your current plan was going to fail somewhere down the road, would you be ready? The optimist would say ‘I don’t need a Plan

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Good Decision-Making – Part 2

In my last posting, we explored the business of decision-making.  Great leaders know how to make decisions logically and in a timely manner. In post #1, I suggested that good

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Good Decision-Making – Part 1

Good decision-making skills are in my top 5 list of the most important leadership qualities. If you ask a group of employees about what they look for in a good

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Strategic Thinking Starts in The Home

Whenever I present to audiences about strategy or strategic thinking, our minds always go to our organisations, divisions or departments – our corporate lives.   But strategic thinking actually starts

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Happy Thanksgiving

I am a Canadian, I live in Canada and I celebrate Thanksgiving sometime in October, like all Canadians. But this year, Karen and I decided to spend the month of

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What About All The Other Projects?

(originally published March, 2018) I ran into a colleague recently who talked about a disastrous office relocation. It seems that everything that could go wrong did go wrong. Knowing my

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Get Out of the Weeds

One of the most difficult things we have to do as leaders, is to get out of the weeds. We’ve grown up in the subject matter space where we have

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Who is your CSO?

If you want to get from here to there, successfully, you need a CSO – a Chief Strategy Officer. When my friend, Mona Mitchell, and I wrote the book “7

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3 Ways to Say Thank You

(First posted October, 2017) When was the last time you said, ‘thank you’ unexpectedly to someone on your team? This past weekend was our Canadian Thanksgiving – a wonderful time

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