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[MMM] | Harvey Weinstein & a workplace of equality

This has been troubling me for some time. It’s both an easy and complex issue for me to write about. While it is a saddening subject it also strangely brings me hope because I have to look for a better future.   It’s easy for me to write this as I have never experienced it. However

[FLR] | 13 Things Mentally Strong Leaders Don’t Do

Happy Friday!   We have IQ tests and personality tests to measure various intelligences in an attempt to predict success. Yet according to psychologist Angela Duckworth the key to “success” in general is “mental toughness”.   Duckworth refers to the ability to thrive during adversity as “grit”. Her research has demonstrated that it’s truer predictor of success, even

[MMM] | Take this job and shove it (may not be the best idea…)

Did you find those 11 minutes long? Those who are up-to-date with Twitter news, and specifically those who follow Donald Trump (for the record I don’t) will know what I’m talking about. Last week, Donald Trump’s Twitter account was deleted and it wasn’t a “technical” glitch”.   As announced by Twitter, Trump’s account was deleted by an employee on

[FLR] Intuition is everything for a leader

Happy Friday!   The value of intuition is often misunderstand or devalued as a leader. Think about the best decisions you have made. How many of them have been driven by a “sense” you have?   One thing to consider is how to nurture this aspect and to understand when it is “speaking.” As a leader, it is foundational

[MMM] | 7 Things to Think About At the Mid-Point of Your Career

So call it what it is, I’ve officially had my mid-life crisis. I bought a motorcycle, and no, didn’t buy a Harley   As an aside, it is really a crazy system we live in where you can take a three day course in a parking lot and just like that you are good to go.

[FLR] How The Most (And Least) Successful CEOs Spend Their Workdays

Happy Friday!   Let’s face it, we’re all human. As leaders we have the same amount of time in our days as the rest of the world. However all smart leaders know how to best use their time. In a survey by The London School of Economics of over 1,000 CEOs in six countries, the

[MMM] Why your work on Monday doesn’t have to suck

Good Monday morning,   I’m a water baby. I came by this honestly having been born within a half hour drive of an ocean.   I spent most of my younger life near or on water. As a teenager all of my part-time job and summer jobs were spent working as a lifeguard, swimming instructor

[FLR] 5 Dysfunctions of a team

Happy Friday!   The difference between a highly functional team and a highly dysfunctional team is obvious. It shows itself clearly in conflict management, politics, turnover and performance.   As a leader, the key to dealing with dysfunction is being honest and paying attention to the core of the dysfunction. This can be highly challenging

[MMM] How to be more “human” as a leader

Good Monday morning,   I was travelling back from our Vancouver office this week. Upon entering the plane the flight attendant asked me how I was today and I responded politely “Fine, thank you.” I then asked her how her day was going.   She paused a moment and replied, “Thanks for asking, nobody ever asks me that.”

[FLR] Stress as a positive emotion

Happy Friday!   We all know leaders are rarely impacted by stress, right? I’m sure you are thinking to yourself right now, “Alan, what planet are you on?” and you are correct in thinking that. We are all impacted by stress in many ways during our lives, and leaders are not immune.   We can