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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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Are You Thinking Effectively?

Are you thinking efficiently or effectively?  This is a question I heard posed by my friend, Wissam Al-Hussaini, during his delivery of one of the three modules in a new

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Agile Strategy Execution

I was working with an organization last week who has a great mantra or mission statement: “Small enough to be agile, large enough to be global”.   I loved it. I

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Are you Emotionally Fit to Lead?

(originally published May, 2015) Forbes.com recently published an article called “5 Ways To Transform Yourself Into A Leader” in which it suggested that leaders need emotional fitness.  How true. We

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It Takes a Village

If you are a Canadian, you are most likely sharing in the excitement recently of the first Canadian to win a grand slam tennis tournament. As a country, we are

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Are You Ready to Bail?

Many will tell you that the sign of a great leader is a positive attitude, regardless of what is thrown at them. I prefer to suggest that the sign of

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Are You a Champion of Change?

Back in 2016, a friend of mine, Roy Osing, wrote an article entitled: “10 Things Smart Business People Do”. In it, he suggests that smart business people, or leaders, make

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An Historic Day for Canada

The Toronto Raptors have just won the 2019 NBA Championship and today (June 17, 2019) ‘we’ celebrated.  The ‘we’ is Canada.  They really are Canada’s team. People flooded into downtown

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