[MMM] Why Focus Is So Important In Leadership

Happy Monday Morning,   September is already halfway done and for most of us in business the month of September is like the start of a new year. It is a great time to get a new sense of purpose, rethink priorities and renew your focus for the coming year. “Focus” means “point of convergence.”  

[FLR] Are You a Traditional or Collaborative Leader?

Sept 23, 2016| The “Round Table” Edition Happy Friday, I’ve always been a big fan of round tables. Often we think a leader should be sitting at the head of the board room table. Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Professor at Harvard Business School shared, “Collaborative leaders are those who recognize that there are critical business relationships that cannot

[MMM] The Recipe for Career Success

Good Monday morning,   I have the recipe for success and it’s really simple.    I grew up in a Irish home where the most exciting kitchen invention ever introduced was the microwave. For most people, microwaves have their place reheating leftovers and making microwave popcorn. I don’t believe they were ever intended to cook a meal, but

[FLR] Why Your Hiring Process Keeps Missing Candidates’ Flaws

Happy Friday,   One of our clients has built the most successful office in his organization. What is his strongest attribute as a leader?   His ability to identify, hire, and keep the right people on his team. What is your success rate?    One simple idea we discussed in one of our coaching sessions 5 years ago, was

[MMM] Happy New Year (the real one) | New Fall Work Routines That Make a Difference

Good Tuesday morning,   Happy New Year! Yes, you are reading that correctly. September is officially the new January first.   Fall has a whole new rhythm. The demands on deliverables and the the pace of work picks up.   There are some obvious reasons that this happens: a majority of the team is now

[FLR] Ten Things Only Bad Managers Say

Happy Friday,   I discovered my love for words later in my life. I discovered this through the writing of Margaret Visser in her Massey Lectures and especially through the book “Beyond Fate” which is based upon those lectures. What I appreciate the most is the way she gets to the heart of the matter by examining

FLR | An Exercise to Help Your Team Feel More Comfortable with Conflict

Happy Friday!   Conflicts are part of any work situation. In fact, a lot of leadership coachingis structured around teaching professionals how to navigate around and communicate difficult messages. Conflicts are not always bad. They can be a sign of a strongly engaged group of employees who truly care.   “Leadership is the activity of influencing people

[MMM] 3 Simple Questions That All Great Leaders Ask

Happy Monday morning,   They are always serving yet seldom seen. Who are they? The members of the Canadian Armed Forces.   Currently there are 71,500 Regular Force members, 30,000 Reserve Force members and 25,000 civilian employees. The strength of our forces is not our planes, ships, helicopters, tanks and guns. Their key strategic advantage

[FLR] How to Survive a Major Management Change

Happy Friday!   A sudden change in leadership: I’m sure that you have either experienced this as an observer or it has happened to you at some point in your career.   I personally experienced this early in my career. I joined a new firm and a new boss was put in charge of the division I

[FLR] Leaders Who Take a Tech Detox

Happy Friday!   This weekend is a terrific opportunity to do a detox to benefit your leadership abilities. No, I don’t mean a green juice detox but rather a tech detox. “What is a tech detox” you ask?   The term was first coined in 2010 by filmmaker and tech pioneer Tiffany Shlain and UC Berkeley robotics