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The 3 Tensions Every New Manager Must Learn to Manage
The 3 Tensions Every New Manager Must Learn to Manage

Have you ever heard a senior leader say this before: “I can’t believe how much that person is struggling since I put them in a leadership role, they seemed to have management-material written all over them.”

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5 Ways to Make Sure Summer Vacations Don’t Kill Team Productivity
5 Ways to Make Sure Summer Vacations Don’t Kill Team Productivity

It’s the time of year when we try to make the most of the precious 8 weeks of summer. As a leader, it’s easy to treat summer as something to coast through until the busy fall season arrives, given so many schedules are off their normal rhythm.

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There’s No ‘I’ in Team - But Should There Be? Lessons from the Toronto Mass Choir
There’s No ‘I’ in Team - But Should There Be? Lessons from the Toronto Mass Choir

As an effective and caring leader, you want to engage, recognize, and reward your people the best way possible. The problem is that it can be difficult to know whether it’s better to do this by focusing on the team or by focusing on individuals within the team.

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Mastering Your Elevator Pitch
Mastering Your Elevator Pitch

Have you ever chatted with someone at a networking event and felt that half-way through introducing yourself they seemed to take their focus off of you and turn it to the appetizers that were being passed across the room?

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Embracing Change While Preserving Tradition
Embracing Change While Preserving Tradition

With an audience of over 250,000 people per year, the Shaw Festival in Niagara-On-The-Lake is a Canadian cultural icon. While focusing on the iconic playwright George Bernard Shaw is a key priority, the Shaw Festival also keeps an eye on the future.

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3 Unexpected Leadership Lessons From My Migrant Worker Neighbours
3 Unexpected Leadership Lessons From My Migrant Worker Neighbours

While many people associate Niagara with our tender-fruit farms and wineries, the vital role that migrant workers play in the success of these industries is often unknown or overlooked.

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Why You Won’t Achieve Work/Life Balance in 2018 - And How To Have a Fantastic Year Anyway!
Why You Won’t Achieve Work/Life Balance in 2018 - And How To Have a Fantastic Year Anyway!

It happens every January. You look back at the past year with mixed emotions. On the one hand, you're frustrated that you didn't do a better job at achieving work/life balance.

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10 Signs Your Team is Stuck - and What To Do About It.
10 Signs Your Team is Stuck - and What To Do About It.

Business leaders and mangers often confide in me that they are frustrated with the effectiveness of their team.

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How to Avoid a Team Building Nightmare
How to Avoid a Team Building Nightmare

You've been given the challenge of planning the next big company event. The location is booked, the agenda is set and the meals are selected. You just have one more decision to make.

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The Three Tensions that Make or Break Every Team
The Three Tensions that Make or Break Every Team

How you can turn up the volume on productivity, innovation and team morale, by embracing the very thing most leaders avoid.

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All Work/ All Play - Lessons from India
All Work/ All Play - Lessons from India

Recently I had the privilege of traveling to Bangalore, India to deliver some leadership and team training to a fantastic group of emerging leaders at the Ian Martin Group.

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