This past week was a tough one. With the discovery of the bodies of the children in an unmarked mass grave at a former residential school in Kamloops, to the Muslim family targeted by a driver in London, Ontario, we have felt a lot of pain in Canada. And there are plenty of stories in … Continue reading Broken pots holding light
Teddy Roosevelt seems to be the most quotable president the US has ever had. And that may hold true for general leadership quotes in all fields. He came into leadership at a pivotal time in American history and set the stage for other leaders to follow, which is why people quote him so often and … Continue reading Is your work worth doing?
"I have never lost a game. I just ran out of time." This is by far one of my favourite quotes of all time. It just happens to be sports related and spoken by someone I admired in my formative years. It is one of those short sentences that has become timeless, even if it … Continue reading Losing or Running out of Time?
"Your boss isn't paid to see you succeed." Really? Interesting view on leadership from a high school grad. This was part of a valedictory speech at my son's graduation. It struck me immediately. In this age of collaboration and soft skills training, this young man came away with this insight for his classmates. Ok, he … Continue reading A young man’s view of leadership
"Remember to say thank you!" "Gratitude is the best attitude!" "Give thanks with a grateful heart..." It might be very Canadian of us in general, but today is probably the only day we get to say 'Thank you!' too many times without anyone noticing. Canadians on the whole are known for our courtesy, and being … Continue reading Are you thankful?
Don't look for everything around you to create a positive outlook. Don't expect others to make you have a good outlook. Make a positive approach to everything in life a habit.
Did you get everything you wanted for Christmas? It is a strange question to ask when you think of it. Gifts are unearned, in disguise, and often without a foreknowledge of the reason behind them. Until we open them. Then we may get a story, a moment, or a surprise. Asking if you got what … Continue reading The Best Gifts
A friend shared with me his love of knives, specifically, the legendary Buck knives. If you go to their website, buy a product, or just sign up for regular emails, you will get the 'family intro'. It is a promise of their integrity, pride in their product, and their claim to an outstanding warranty. What … Continue reading Is work like family?
"We who lived in the concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — … Continue reading Attitude Trumps Circumstances
So how are you motivated? I recently posted about the 2 separate worlds of motivation for each person. These are about as minimal as they come, and are largely based on your personality: Internal and External. One person is driven from within and has an outcome in mind to which they are striving without prompting … Continue reading Key ways you are motivated
What does conversion look like in your organization? We all have them. There are the larger 'A-ha!' moments that we all love to experience. Those are easier to recognize and dissect. But the smaller moments of conversion are equally necessary, do not always rock the boat, and may have greater change impact for the future. … Continue reading Leadership directs the mindset
Basic civility and common kindness are integral parts of all aspects of social interaction. Business is no exception. In fact, we have great opportunity in this arena to show these things as normal behaviour. I maintain this as true. But alas, not all humanity got the memo. We are given plenty of opportunity to see … Continue reading Be Kind, even without the sale