[MMM] The Safest Way to Make a Choice at Mid Career

Happy Monday morning,   The children’s section is one of my favourite spots in book stores. As a father, I loved finding a good book while I was travelling to read to my children when I came home. I am drawn to the design and wisdom in the simple characters and stories.   Two of

[MMM] Where Were You When…?

Happy Monday morning,   Where were you when the Raptors won the NBA Championship?   That will be a question that will be asked many a times over the next while. For me, I was on a flight to Vancouver and caught the end of the game with my daughter, her friends and my cousin.

[FLR] The Up, Down and Out of Leadership: Lessons from the World of the Municipal CAO

Happy Friday!   As we wrap up National Public Service Week this week, I am reminded that the leadership skills we’ve celebrated aren’t limited to just the public sector. Context is unique to each sector and industry but ultimately a good leader is a good leader regardless of where they work.   One interesting leadership skill that

[MMM] The Science of Leadership – 6 Core Skills To Pay Attention To

Happy Monday morning,   “Let me be clear.”   If you think, “geez, that sounds really familiar” it’s because it is. Many politicians use this as an anchoring statement to grab and hold your attention.    The last couple of weeks our team has been at a number of conferences for public sector leaders.  

[FLR] Government Leadership; Investors, Innovators & Risk Takers

Happy Friday!   Next week is a very important week in Canada – it’s National Public Service Week. The theme is “proudly serving Canadians.”    There are almost 550,000 employees working in Federal departments, agencies, crown corporations, RCMP and the Canadian Forces. In my travels, I talk with a variety of people and often hear different perspectives around

[MMM] Leadership Lessons from Kawhi Leonard on why he’s not the best player on the Raptors …

Happy Monday,   I confess, I have joined the bandwagon. In a unusual set of events I was able to snag a ticket for the Raptors’ 5th game in the second round of the playoffs in Toronto. It was my very first NBA game. I even have a picture to prove it.     You

[FLR] Get your team to respect deadlines

Happy Friday,   I’ve never thought of the word in it’s two components.   Deadline.   Dead line.   The word originated in 19th century Civil War prisons as a physical line beyond which prisoners would be shot. Today, the word doesn’t carry the same consequences and we tend to view them a lot more flippantly.That explains

[FLR] Will artificial intelligence make you a better leader?

Happy Friday!   I remember the moment artificial intelligence (AI) first truly came to my attention. Two years ago, I was flying home from Kuwait via London and picked up a European magazine on business and strategy. The issue’s theme as all about AI and for me, this issue truly opened my eyes to the

[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