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[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

[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