The Power of Words

Last week I was reviewing some on-line articles and one article “Top Companies are Guided by These Three Best Principles”  got me thinking about how key communication is within any organization – virtual or traditional.  As I write this article I am working with a client to implement significant changes in how the entire team functions at every level of the organization.  Key areas that have suffered include communication and collaboration.  The breakdown that had occurred was having negative effects on staff engagement, inter-departmental cooperation, and the quality of work performed.  Employees were feeling under-appreciated, stressed, and frustrated. [Read more…]

Is Achieving Great Success A Leadership Prerequisite?

I was listening to a Sports Radio station in the car a few days ago.  The discussion centered around different leaders in sports and their accomplishments — number of “Rings” or medals.  In each situation, the people identified by the hosts were great athletes and deserved the accolades for their accomplishments. They also were leaders on their team.  When trying to determine which athlete was a better leader, much of the discussion centered around their achievements on the field, in the ring or on ice. [Read more…]

Leaders need Followers

In this TED video, Derek Sivers discusses how movements start.   It takes a leader, and a series of followers.  It is the first follower who bravely steps forward that starts a movement and is a leaders in their own right.

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Igniting Leadership!

Ignite Leadership International is proud to announce

our new fundraising project

with Create Change!

 

As part of Ignite Leadership’s “More Than Green™” program, we are proud to share our latest social responsibility program.

 Our Goal:          

To change the lives of six (or more) capable young women in Northern Ghana, who cannot afford to fulfill their dreams of having a career.

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Leadership – it’s challenges and opportunties

John Furlong recently spoke at the TEDx-SFU event in Vancouver.  I hope you will enjoy his talk and gain some leadership insights.

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What are You Doing for Your Biz?

This week is Small Business Week .  The theme of this year’s theme according to the Business Development Bank of Canada  is “Power Up Your Business – Invest. Innovate. Grow.

On September 8th, 2011, President Obama stated “Everyone here knows that small businesses are where most new jobs begin.”  Bloomberg Businessweek writer, Charles Kenny states in his article “Rethinking the Booseterism of Small Business“, “the notion that small business is the force behind prosperity is not true. The longer the U.S. and other countries cling to this myth, the harder it will be to carry out the kinds of economic policies that might actually stimulate job growth.”  An interesting thought particularly with the “Occupy Wall Street” protests happening worldwide.

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It’s Time to Stretch

How high do you set your personal and business standards?  In my mastermind group we determined that we all set the bar pretty high for ourselves and we are committed to reaching and exceeding our own goals and performance standards.

Each of us has been an entrepreneur for several years and have each enjoyed many successes.  We also set the bar high when we were in     school and in our prior careers.  As a successful mastermind group that has been together for 3 years our commitment to each other’s success is a testament of our high standards.  Our mastermind provides a solid, safe place to face our fears, brainstorm ideas and celebrate our successes.

In order to achieve our goals and dreams, each member of our group sets business and personal goals that will move us forward and allow us to grow. These are stretch goals.

Stretch goals are commonly referred to in the business world as a way to achieve more.  Stretch goals require a person or business to ambitiously extend itself  beyond what seems realistic within current parameters[Read more…]

Tides of Change

Change is a constant.  There are many commonalities in how business owners, leaders, organizations and industries are dealing with this reality but there are also many differences.  Some organizations are internalizing the changes (looking inward and identifying ways to restructure, identify efficiencies, and plan for the future), while other organizations are looking outward for support and ideas in addition to looking inward.  It doesn’t matter if the organization is large or small, there are examples of both approaches in each category.

Some of the changes that are happening include:

  • hiring freezes resulting in existing employees to taking on more work.
  • reorganization of duties between employees.
  • lay-offs and closures, which impact the morale of the organization.
  • cut-backs or discontinued funding for projects or programmes.
  • revisiting the organizational vision and strategic objectives
  • shortening the horizon of the strategic plan (from the traditional 3-5 years into shorter term objectives)

What changes are you experiencing in your organization or industry?  What trends are you seeing?  Will these trends impact how you do business?  Is there a better approach — internal vs external?

Opening yourself to opportunities

During a three day retreat for business women owners on beautiful Gabriola Island, retreat participants explored how best to lead during troubled times. Although the headlines we read & hear speak about cutbacks and recession, you would never know it buy the optimism in our group. Rather than focusing on challenges, we only saw opportunities. Many participants had started new ventures within the last 12 months, others had experienced business growth, and new opportunities to develop and explore were ever present and more ideas flowed freely during our discussions. Collectively we saw the current economic environment as an opportunity for us as business owners to take the lead in meeting the future.
Are you a business leader who is open to new opportunities or doing things in a different way? What are you doing to help lead to new horizons? How are you capitalizing on opportunities and ideas?

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