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[FLR] The Micromanager Makeover

Happy Friday!   To micromanage or not to micromanage, that is the question. There are different perspectives on this topic. Someone with an alternate perspective might ask the question, “when does a leader need to be more actively involved in the details of a project”? I think there are times to be more actively involved and times

[FLR] Here’s Why You Are So Lonely (and Frustrated) at Work

Happy Friday!   It is true that it is lonely at the top for leaders. It is especially true if you are a first time leader. According to a leadership poll by Harris Interactive, more than 70% of first time CEO’s feel lonely and 61% of them report that it hinders their performance.   The most

[MMM] Making Work More Human

Good Monday morning,   Back in the 90s was my first experience with seeing a colleague get a hair transplant. It was early days in that booming industry and let’s just say I don’t think the doctor did that great job on his scalp. Maybe I was paying too close attention knowing my future follicular challenges.  

[FLR] If you’re a bored manager, avoid the urge to meddle

Happy Friday,   Remember how good it felt to get that promotion? You know that promotion I’m talking about: the one you focused your career efforts towards for such a long time. Like many things in life, there is the “honeymoon” period during which you wake up with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. Over time,

[FLR] Are You A “Likable” Leader?

Happy Friday,   As a leader there is an interesting balance to being “liked”. Research shows that there are three personality traits that stand out and make for collaborative and cooperative team members:   Selflessness Tolerance Flexibility   It makes sense. The more we like our leaders, the more we tend to respect them. I recognize it is

[MMM] Hold That Tiger – Leadership Lessons We Can All Learn From Tiger Woods

Happy Monday,   Where were you when Tiger Woods won his first Masters?   I read a fascinating tweet from a person who shared that she remembers just graduating from college when Tiger Woods won his first Masters. Her son is now just entering into college with Tiger’s win this past weekend.   You can

[FLR] The 5 Essential Qualities of a Great Leader

Happy Friday,   Today is truly a Good Friday. You may have a deep faith that celebrates the wonder of a deeper hope, or you may be enjoying an extra day with the people whom you love. Either way, you are embracing what is good and lovely on this day.   The word “good” by definition means “having the

[MMM] The Two Most Important Qualities for Leadership Success

Good Monday Morning,   You may know by now that I am a “car” guy. In fact, my licence plate says “CarJoy”.   My team and I are fortunate to work with a wide variety of clients doing leadership coaching in a mix of industries including the public sector, healthcare, finance, and, yes, auto manufacturers. While each

[FLR] Why you don’t need a clear path to be successful

Happy Friday,   From the outside things seem really simple:    1. Leader creates an idea   2. Idea gets funding   3. Idea comes to market    4. Product is a success   5. Leader is promoted   As leaders know, it may seem like it is very simple to execute an idea successfully.

[MMM] Hiring the “Not so Hidden” Gems

Happy Monday,   Regardless of the wintry weather we’ve been having, there is one definitive indicator of spring in Canada: the Toronto Blue Jays are back playing baseball once again.    One of the differences between a great baseball team and a poor team is simple – the ability to identify and attract the right