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What is Healthy Tension?
What is Healthy Tension?

Many organizations fail to walk their talk. They have core values like TEAMWORK, COMMUNICATION, INNOVATION and RESPECT that they put on their website, talk about at team meetings, and display on the walls of their building; yet if you were to walk down the hallways of those same buildings, the culture and behaviours that exist on a day to day basis are often the exact opposite of those values.

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How To Host a Virtual Holiday Party
How To Host a Virtual Holiday Party

With COVID-19 making the traditional holiday party impossible, here are some simple tips and ideas that will help you have a fantastic virtual event.

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Is lack of connection killing your culture?
Is lack of connection killing your culture?

Here are three ideas that will help you focus on connection and relationship development in a season of working virtually.

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Try This Icebreaker at Your Next Virtual Meeting
Try This Icebreaker at Your Next Virtual Meeting

With people working remotely, we understand how hard it can be to develop your team. Here is a virtual icebreaker that is easy to deliver and proven to be effective. Enjoy!

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Try This Icebreaker at Your Next Virtual Meeting
Try This Icebreaker at Your Next Virtual Meeting

With people working remotely, we understand how hard it can be to develop your team. Here is a virtual icebreaker that is easy to deliver and proven to be effective. Enjoy!

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THE SECRET TO VIRTUAL TEAMWORK
THE SECRET TO VIRTUAL TEAMWORK

COVID-19 has resulted in leaders scrambling to figure out how to foster effective teamwork in this new virtual reality. How can this new “working from home freedom” be leveraged so that team members tap into new levels of engagement and motivation? At the same time, how can they ensure that work is still being done effectively and productivity remains high, when they only see team members occasionally through Zoom calls?

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Try This Icebreaker at Your Next Virtual Meeting
Try This Icebreaker at Your Next Virtual Meeting

As a busy leader, we understand how hard it can be to find the time to develop your team. This is why each month we provide you with do-it-yourself team-building ideas that are easy to deliver and proven to be effective. Enjoy!

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Do-It-Yourself Virtual Team Building
Do-It-Yourself Virtual Team Building

As a busy leader, we understand how hard it can be to find the time to develop your team. This is why each month we provide you with do-it-yourself team-building ideas that are easy to deliver and proven to be effective. Enjoy!

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Why A Good Change Can Feel Really Bad
Why A Good Change Can Feel Really Bad

Change can look great on paper. It can make total sense logically. It can even be something you can get excited about. Yet, the experience of change can feel very different – much more negative – than you expected. If change is supposed to be so good, then why does it feel so bad?

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Virtual Scattergories (and More!)
Virtual Scattergories (and More!)

With people working remotely, we understand how hard it can be to develop your team. Here are two virtual team-building ideas that are easy to deliver and proven to be effective. Enjoy!

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The Pitfalls of Pivoting
The Pitfalls of Pivoting

There’s not a day that goes by where people are aren’t telling me about how they’re pivoting their product or service. However, there can be significant pitfalls associated with pivoting if it’s not done the right way.

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Zoom Basics
Zoom Basics

Zoom Communications is the partner of choice for our live online sessions at Leaders for Leaders. Here are some tips and links to help ensure that you are ready for your virtual experience.

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How to Take Care of Yourself…when you’re taking care of everyone else.
How to Take Care of Yourself…when you’re taking care of everyone else.

You’ve probably heard the cliché, “If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of anyone else”. Right now, however, in the midst of a pandemic, you’re probably realizing that taking care of yourself is a lot easier said than done.

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What’s Essential About Your Service?
What’s Essential About Your Service?

Regardless of whatever government list you are (or aren’t) a part of – there should be something essential about what you do – both for your clients and for your team. Otherwise why are you in business in the first place? And now is the time to step up and provide that essential service to those who need it the most.

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How to Stay Strong and Focused while Working From Home
How to Stay Strong and Focused while Working From Home

As a busy leader, we understand how hard it can be to find the time to develop your team. This is why each month we provide you with do-it-yourself team-building ideas that are easy to deliver and proven to be effective. Enjoy!

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Do You Have What It Takes?
Do You Have What It Takes?

With a global pandemic and stock market collapse, our leadership is being put to the test. Learn how to embrace optimism AND realism for leadership resilience.

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3 Leadership Questions to Ask Yourself In A Crisis
3 Leadership Questions to Ask Yourself In A Crisis

No one wants to go through a crisis; however, there are opportunities that can emerge in times like this that will never happen otherwise.

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Accomplishing Tasks AND Developing Relationships
Accomplishing Tasks AND Developing Relationships

As a busy leader, we understand how hard it can be to find the time to develop your team. This is why each month we provide you with do-it-yourself team-building ideas that are easy to deliver and proven to be effective. Enjoy!

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Manage These 3 Tensions for a Healthy Team
Manage These 3 Tensions for a Healthy Team

Once your team stops ignoring or avoiding these tensions, and instead understands and leverages them, everything starts to change. Your team starts to work!

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Working Collaboratively AND Working Independently
Working Collaboratively AND Working Independently

As a busy leader, we understand how hard it can be to find the time to develop your team. This is why each month we provide you with do-it-yourself team-building ideas that are easy to deliver and proven to be effective. Enjoy!

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Embrace Change AND Preserve Stability
Embrace Change AND Preserve Stability

As a busy leader, we understand how hard it can be to find the time to develop your team. This is why each month we provide you with do-it-yourself team-building ideas that are easy to deliver and proven to be effective. Enjoy!

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Does Your Leadership Build Bridges or Walls?
Does Your Leadership Build Bridges or Walls?

Having a bias isn’t a bad thing - in fact, it can be a positive thing. However, your bias is either working for you or against you.

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The Best Holiday Party Game Ever!
The Best Holiday Party Game Ever!

As a busy leader, we understand how hard it can be to find the time to develop your team. This is why each month we provide you with do-it-yourself team-building ideas that are easy to deliver and proven to be effective. Enjoy!

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Giving Each Other Freedom AND Holding Each Other Responsible
Giving Each Other Freedom AND Holding Each Other Responsible

As a busy leader, we understand how hard it can be to find the time to develop your team. This is why each month we provide you with do-it-yourself team-building ideas that are easy to deliver and proven to be effective. Enjoy!

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A Leader’s Guide to a Thriving Holiday Season
A Leader’s Guide to a Thriving Holiday Season

The key to thriving this holiday season is to recognize the 12 tensions that are likely to pop-up around this busy time of the year. But the holidays bring their own unique tensions to add to the mix.

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3 Tips on Hiring The Right Keynote Speaker For Your Event
3 Tips on Hiring The Right Keynote Speaker For Your Event

You’re a professional event planner who has successfully planned and executed numerous large-scale events. You want this next one to be no exception and the stakes are as high as ever – especially when it comes to finding the right keynote speaker. The problem is, there are so many keynote speakers out there, and it can be difficult to know which one will resonate with your audience.

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The Reason Why Most Team Building Workshops Don’t Work
The Reason Why Most Team Building Workshops Don’t Work

Picture this... You are participating in a team building workshop and the facilitator challenges your group to get from one side of the conference room to the other, but no one can touch the floor along the way. You can only stand on a small number of placemats that he has provided.

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How to Have a Win/Win Conversation When You Don’t See Eye-To-Eye
How to Have a Win/Win Conversation When You Don’t See Eye-To-Eye

Have you ever been stuck in a tug-of-war conversation? Maybe it was a disagreement regarding a change taking place at work, a difficult decision that had to be made, or a difference in political viewpoints. Like the schoolyard game, a tug-of-war conversation feels like you are pulling strongly in one direction, while the person you’re talking with is pulling equally hard in the other direction.

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A Very Exciting Announcement
A Very Exciting Announcement

Our name, Leaders for Leaders, reflects our mission to pursue both profit AND purpose. This means that 10% of our yearly profit is invested in the development of young leaders - aspiring difference makers who face economic challenges that are holding them back from realizing their full potential.

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Why Either/Or Thinking is Sabotaging Your Leadership
Why Either/Or Thinking is Sabotaging Your Leadership

I blame my parents! Don’t get me wrong, they had my best interests in mind. Little did they know, however, that their nurturing, guidance and teaching would sabotage me as a leader. It started before I was even one year old when I was taught what was “safe” and “unsafe.” Don’t touch this. Don’t eat that. Stay away from there.

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Managing Tensions as a New Manager
Managing Tensions as a New Manager

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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How to Focus on the Team AND the Individual
How to Focus on the Team AND the Individual

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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How to Master Your Elevator Pitch
How to Master 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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Leadership Lessons from Migrant Workers
Leadership Lessons from Migrant Workers

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 Have Work/Life Balance This Year
Why You Won’t Have Work/Life Balance This Year

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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3 Things That Make or Break Every Team
3 Things 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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Healthy Tension
Healthy Tension

The Power of Healthy Tension provides a simple framework that allows teams to tap into the power of “both/and” thinking. By doing this, we gain a massive competitive advantage, and move from surviving to thriving.

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