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[FLR] | Change the Way You Look at Things and the Things You Look at Change

Happy Friday!   As you have all probably heard by now Amazon is expanding its offices in Vancouver and bringing 3000 jobs to the city in the fields of e-commerce technology, cloud computing, and machine learning.   As a leader I think about how the company of Amazon has succeeded as much as it has. Its market shares have

[MMM] | Const. Ken Lam’s Career Courage & Why That Matters

Happy Monday Morning!   What if?   What if one person didn’t have the courage on Monday afternoon to confront 25-year-old Alek Minassian as he exited the Van that he had just used to run down multiple people? What other potential destruction and pain could have been inflicted upon the people of Toronto?   This is a very personal story

[FLR] | 10 Strategies for Overcoming Creativity Block

Happy Friday!   We have all run into this issue as leaders.   Ideablock – A moment in time where you struggle with identifying a creative solution to an important question.   Often ideablock comes from not filling your creative tank. As leaders we are constantly creating or addressing new elements and we need to consider

[MMM] When Should You Go Back to the Drawing Board?

Happy Monday Morning!   Even professionals in their field of work such as Charles Schultz, the creator of the famous comic strip Charlie Brown, can lose track of the basics.   Charles often tells the story of a day when he was about 15 years into his comic strip, and he sat down to draw

[FLR] Taking Pride In Your Work

Happy Friday!   I was taking the train recently. When I got on the train I noticed one of the stewards named Ronald. He was well dressed with his tie in place, shoes polished and wearing a generally pleasant demeanor.   After putting my shoes up on the seat in front on me (which I must humbly confess to) Ronald

[MMM] | Resilience in the face of brokenness

This week in Canada has been challenging. We have watched with shock and heavy hearts as families deal with a tragic and unexpected loss. We have seen the first responders demonstrate courage, young kids stop for moments of silence in hockey rinks, professional hockey players and coaches weep, and leaders of communities be left speechless.

[FLR] | Decision fatigue and its impact on leadership effectiveness

Is that a “yes” or “no”? Would you need that before Thursday or by next Friday? Should we invest in that new area? What should we do with that employee? How should we manage the project that’s delayed?   Decisions: we make them all day, every day. Their frequency is unavoidable but are there some that can be

[MMM] | When Trust Your Gut With Your Career

Well, the luck of the Irish is now officially over for another year and the shareholders of Guinness and Tylenol are that much richer.   For Jennifer Lambert, her “luck” came in a major way last year. Jennifer was an archives assistant and was looking or some old posters for the Neptune Theatre when she noticed

[FLR] | Sad But True Terrible Boss Stories

If you’ve been reading my newsletter consistently you’ll remember that on April 1st this year we ran an April Fool’s #BossAwarenessDay campaign which you can read more about on my blog. For those who didn’t read it the premise was simple: I go public about my flaws as a boss using our Boss Awareness Tool (download the

Boss Awareness Day

I want to bring something into the open. They say the first way to resolve a problem in your life is to be honest with yourself and those that matter to you.   I’m a bad boss. Sometimes I’m even a terrible boss.   I’m not always the best listener, I forget to check my emails and