As I design and deliver leadership development programs for organizations across the continent, one word that forms a common thread amid every person I meet today is the word busy. Everyone is busy. When I ask,” How are you today?” the reply is always, “I’m busy!” Busy has become a badge of honour. If, for some … Read moreTHE OTHER EVEREST – Navigating The Pathway to Authentic Leadership
At the end of each year I reflect on my progress and blessings from the previous year and clarify some of my intentions for the coming twelve months. In the midst of this musing I like to read the children’s book Selma, by Jutta Bauer. Selma is a humble little book about a humble little sheep that … Read moreTHE YEAR AHEAD: Lessons From Selma the Sheep
I’m concerned about the focus these days on employee engagement as if it were some kind of “special thing” to be pursued outside the usual day-to-day operations of a workplace. Engagement isn’t a goal to be sought. Rather, it’s an outcome of good leadership. The goal should be a well-run organization. The best run organizations … Read moreAchieving Engagement From Productivity
Our power went out this morning. Two seconds after I turned the light on in our kitchen everything went black – and quiet. It’s amazing how much noise caused by electricity there is in a house. We were in the dark for about four hours. In the big scheme of things, compared to hurricanes, fires, … Read moreAre You A Wall Maker or a Bridge Builder?
I grew up in a day and age well before “employee engagement”. I had five different jobs before I finished my university education: I worked on farms and ranches, survey crews, a cement company, a geriatrics unit in a psychiatric hospital, and as a janitor. I learned a lot in those jobs. I learned the … Read moreEmployee Engagement: Is it Really The Boss’s Responsibility?
This past week I was in Ottawa visiting my daughter, Hayley, who is proudly starting her teaching career in a Montessori high school. She finished her dual degree in Education and Arts this past year and is a passionate, purpose-driven new teacher. In our conversations I asked Hayley about her vision for herself as a … Read moreAuthentic Leadership Lessons From The Dead Poets Society – What will your verse be?