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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.