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Newly Appointed Leader? Here’s Your Most Important Play

If you’re a newly appointed leader, or even an experienced one, this might be your most important play: stop being the subject matter expert, and lead! BECOMING A leader is like being given a role in the end-of-year charity play, but with no script. You just get told, “OK, you’re playing the bad guy,” and you have to make it up as you go along. This is especially true for newly appointed leaders who get selected out of a team of peers. No wonder that’s one of the most [...]

By |2019-07-17T05:46:37+00:0016 Jul 2019|Leadership|0 Comments

Personal Power: It’s With You, Stupid

Each one of us has the personal power to cause positive change. That power resides not in the collective, but in the individual. That means you. Yes, you. You have the power. Not them.  "MEN GO crazy in congregations, they only get better one by one." That's a line out of a song — the song All This Time, by Sting. I've used it as a quote on my email signature for some time. Recently, one of my clients asked me what I meant by including it. It refers to [...]

By |2018-07-06T06:56:05+00:005 Jul 2018|Personal Mastery|0 Comments

The Enneagram: Sharpest Tool In The Personality Profiling Shed?

When it comes to profiling people’s personalities, the enneagram is probably the sharpest tool in the shed. Correctly debriefed, it can provide the key for people to free up their behavioural choices and transform their lives. I FIRST encountered the enneagram many years ago. I was browsing in a bookstore while waiting for my son to finish his ice hockey practice. The name “enneagram” itself, and the disk with its colours and lines, looked and felt strangely familiar, yet I knew nothing about it. I had trained to deliver [...]

By |2018-02-15T12:59:34+00:0031 Jan 2018|Enneagram|0 Comments

Why Mindfulness, Why Now?

Mindfulness has reached a tipping point of awareness and people are asking why, what’s the fuss all about? Here is one important suggested reason. MANY PEOPLE have asked the question that makes up the header of this article: Why mindfulness, why now? This post suggests one important reason: the state of the world right now. Most people will agree that the world is a pretty topsy-turvy place at the moment. Election results are unexpected. Think Brexit, and Trump. Terrorist attacks are unpredictable. Think London, Paris, Ariana Grande. New companies [...]

By |2018-01-30T12:46:09+00:0029 Jan 2018|Mindfulness & Meditation|0 Comments

The Impact of Context On Team Performance

The impact of the broader context on team performance is vastly underestimated. USUALLY WHEN a team is not performing, we try to fix the problem at the functional level. Is each person doing their job right? Are they following the process? Does the process need improvement? Most often this is done from the ground up, by looking at the individual team members - or the individual processes - first. This reflects a belief that the individuals and the processes make up the collective the same way that bricks make up [...]

By |2018-06-05T19:13:29+00:007 Dec 2017|Leadership, Team Performance|0 Comments

Team Performance Needs More Than A Team-Build

Improved team performance needs skill in handling the relational issues. A plain ol' team-build just doesn't cut it anymore. PEOPLE ARE generally hired because they can do the job. Yet, when team performance suffers, we start to look at individual performance or process issues. Or, we decide to try an activity-based team-build. More often than not, when team performance is low, it's not because people don't know what to do. It's usually because they are not able to do what they know they should, and probably because somebody or something [...]

By |2018-06-05T19:13:46+00:0023 Oct 2015|Leadership, Team Performance|0 Comments