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[MMM] Set Your Goals High and Don’t Give Up Until You Reach Them

Good Tuesday morning,   Help wanted! Must be: 5’9″ tall Good eyesight Team player Curious by nature Good hand-eye coordination Bilingual Great public speaker Quick learner Multi-tasker Good with heights Extremely well educated   Sound like you? Unfortunately, you missed the window for this opportunity.   The Canadian Space Agency has just announced two new

The “Apology” Edition

Happy Friday!   I was in line at Tim Hortons only to realize that I had “jumped the cue”. The irony was that the person I jumped in front of said, “I’m sorry”. I replied, “Only in Canada would we say sorry to the person who butted in front of us.”   Leadership is like

Work. Made Easy. (It is, in Zachary’s Case.)

Happy Monday!   Planes, trains and automobiles; this has been my week. I have spent this week in three cities: my home base Ottawa, our office in Vancouver for meetings, then back to Toronto. I travel often and on multiple forms of transportation. I have met a variety of pleasant people, and the odd grumpy person, along my trips. One person stood

[FLR] How Busy Leaders Take Time to Think

Happy Friday!   This past week, each day I have been taking 15 minutes to listen and think. I don’t look at my phone or email.   I am just present.   As leaders, we are all busy. Taking the time to process and think is key to clearer decision making and better performance. It also leads to the

[MMM] | The “Not So Secret Thing” About Hiring Great People

July 24, 2017 | The “Team” Edition   Happy Monday!   This past week, I spent time at our Vancouver office. One of the things I noticed when walking around the city were the amount of people wearing Blue Jays hats.   There are two indicators of summer in Canada: the weather and the Toronto Blue Jays playing baseball.

[FLR] | Managers, Here’s Why You’re Promoting the Wrong People

July 21, 2017 | The “People” Edition   It’s a very simple concept.   Want a great company? Hire great people.   Want a good company? Hire good people.   Want an average company? Hire average people.   Want a struggling company? Hire those who struggle.   Great companies are built with one and only one ingredient   Great people.

[MMM] | A Career That Spans From A (Astronaut) to G (Governor General) | Monday Morning Motivator

July 17, 2017 | The “Achieve” Edition   You may have seen recent announcement about the Governor General of Canada position.   Our current Governor, David Johnson, is stepping down after seven years of service.   Our new Governor General role has been filled with Julie Payette, the winning candidate. She is the first person in this role who

[FLR] | These Are The Six Red Flags That You’re Getting Bad Advice

July 14, 2017 | The “Advisor” Edition   We live in a world where seemingly, everyone is an expert and has an opinion. Getting and giving advice is one of the key roles that a leader plays.   You can build deep confidence and value with your team and organization with the providing the right kind of advice at the right time.  

[MMM] | Seeing Opportunity in a World Filled with Uncertainty| Monday Morning Motivator

July 10, 2017 | The “Opportunity” Edition   Good Monday morning,   I was recently taking an UBER; you can have a variety of experiences with UBER drivers. The particular conversation, the driver, talked about technology, globalization, woman’s rights, AI and security. He was well versed in all of these areas, the thing that struck me was his tone.  

[FLR] | How to Change Your Employee’s Behaviour

July 7, 2017 | The “Change” Edition   Happy Friday,   One of the key elements of strong leaders is to change employees’ minds or behaviours.   There is truth within that statement. Your job is to support their transition, but you cannot change anyone. This is something they must choose for themselves. Smart leaders are changing facilitators. They