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[FLR] 5 Minute Exercise to Break Your Leadership Creative Rut

Happy Friday!   Leadership takes creativity.   I was sitting in a coffee store in Vancouver and struck up a conversation about travel with a gentleman named Chris, who was sitting next to us. By renting his spare room, he has been able to travel every summer over this past four years.   Creativity is essential in

[MMM] Three Important Questions To Ask About Your Next Opportunity

Happy Monday morning,   They say, in life, that things happen in threes. It seems that there are patterns in our lives: opportunities and challenges that tend to happen in a set of sequences.   In careers, there often are sets of elements that converge to either lead toward, or away from, opportunities.   There are many choices you may

[FLR] | What Your Boss is Thinking When You Disagree With Them

Happy Friday!   There is one thing the best leaders are secretly looking for: people on their team to disagree with them.   I love what Margaret Heffernan shares. “If we aren’t going to be afraid of conflict, we have to see it as thinking.” She really reframed this concept for me. I have personally found some of

[MMM] | The Leadership Principles of the Queen, Prince Harry & Megan

I confess. Like the 2.2 billion other people I did end up watching the Royal Wedding. It was first thing in the morning before a great day of hiking, and for the first time in a long time, I had access to the way we used to watch content: on TV. You know, that way we

[FLR] | Why the Best Leaders Aren’t Experts

There are different styles of leaders: generalists and specialists. For example, our current Prime Minister is by nature much more of a generalist. He takes a broader view of things and relies on specialists to inform him.   Stephen Harper was much more of a mix, a generalist-specialist; he liked to go both deep and wide.  

[MMM] | One Key Way to Get The Role At Work You Deserve (Almost Guaranteed)

Happy Tuesday morning!   One of my favorite things that I got to experience as a child growing up was being part of Cub, Scouts & Venturers. I was so fortunate to learn so many things, build great relationships and be mentored by such amazing leaders.   There were many practical things I learned such as

[FLR] | Quiet Leadership is Still Leadership

Happy Friday!   Can you hear it?   Silence.   It is often thought that a leader needs to be highly vocal. While it is important to share your perspective it is also important to create space for others to have a voice at the table.   Quiet leaders, are often the most effective; they lead from a place

[MMM] What do Grocery Shopping and Careers Have in Common?

This past weekend I was in the grocery store doing some grocery surfing — by that I mean that I was wandering the aisles, buying stuff in both an intentional and random type of way. I felt entertained, confused, satiated and tempted all in the course of one hour! There are two lessons I learned

[FLR] | How Great Leaders Avoid Getting Burned Out

Happy Friday!   As leaders we are often focused on time management however I think there is a more important thing to focus on: energy management.   This week, I was coaching a client and she was sharing that she wasn’t having the most focused or productive week. She expressed that she needed to manage her time better but

[MMM] How Do You Know When It is Time To Retire?

Happy Monday,   As the song says: You gotta know when to hold’em and know when to fold’em. Well Vancouver Aquarium CEO John Nightingale is folding them.   On Thursday May 3rd he announced that it was time for him to retire from his role at the end of the year. He’s been with the Vancouver