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The Playbook to Achieve Business Goals

& Leadership, Strategy.

Want to run a great company? Set and communicate a great strategy, attract great people, and get the heck out of their way. Whether you’re looking to scale or just operate with less stress, that’s the simple and very difficult secret sauce to mix. Strategy People Understand Strategic planning done well writes the playbook for… Read more »

5 Steps to the Company Address

& Communication, Leadership.

The Company Address is like the “State of the Union” but for a business instead of a country. The leader presents a look back at how the business has performed and a look forward to what’s ahead. There are lots of reasons leaders shy away from presenting this information. They don’t know what to say… Read more »

How Do You Know When To Fire Someone?

& Leadership, Management.

One of the toughest decisions a manager makes is whether to fire someone. Sure, if they’re walking out of the office with a monitor under one arm and a big bag of money under the other, the decision is clear. But it’s rarely that obvious. Usually, the person is a middling performer but people like… Read more »

The Trouble With Small Business Advisory Boards

& Leadership.

While the consultants and management gurus ramble on about the benefits of advisory boards, small business leaders clearly know something the theorists don’t. Consider a (admittedly out of date) 2014 Business Development Bank of Canada study that found 94% of Canadian small businesses decided against having an advisory board. The consultants are preaching theory again…. Read more »

The Great Office Migration?

& Change Management, Leadership, Management.

As pandemic-related restrictions ease, small businesses are wrestling with a myriad of options regarding how/where their employees will work. While there is research to help guide this decision making, it is important to recognize that the context of this information must be examined. No one has experienced a global return after a global forced exit… Read more »

Managing Yourself: Personal Hedgehog

& Leadership.

There are times in a person’s career when they feel stuck. It might not be an urgent problem (yet), but it’s certainly an important one. As we spend so much time at work, this malaise can bleed into all areas of life, dulling feelings of happiness and amplifying stress. It’s not a fun place. One… Read more »

Managing Yourself: Values

& Leadership.

Clarifying your personal core values is a key step to developing as a leader. Core values are the actions and behaviours we appreciate so deeply that we can’t help but behave in those ways. We are what we do, and we behave how we believe. Unearthing the language to express these beliefs further strengthens our… Read more »

Discover Your Areas of Working Genius

& Leadership.

Patrick Lencioni and his team at The Table Group have developed a 10-minute online assessment called The 6 Types of Working Genius. The premise is that everyone has work activities that give them joy and energy and others that don’t. If they do the former kind of activity most of the time, they love their… Read more »

7 Tips to Avoid Procrastination

& Leadership, Management.

Procrastination is a form of self-regulation failure that involves prioritizing short-term mood repair over the long-term pursuit of intended actions (Sirois & Pychyl, 2013).  Basically, it’s more fun to watch TV or read a book than to clean the toilet. At least, in the moment. The problem is that the toilet isn’t going to clean… Read more »