Leading a Group of Your Peers

I found this video on SmartBlog on Leadership by John Baldoni.  I thought you may find it interesting when you next lead a group of your peers.



When you think about feedback, what comes to mind? 

Does it invoke a positive thought or experience or a negative one?

Feedback is a powerful tool that allows you to communicate information to another person.  This information can be positive, inspirational, thoughtful, and valuable.  At the opposite end of the spectrum, feedback can be negative, hurtful, pr thoughtless.  Sometimes, feedback can be neutral — neither positive or negative, and when given you wonder what point they were trying to make. [Read more…]

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…]

Are You Ready for Change?

Last week I was fortunate to attend a speakers meeting.  Everyone attending the event was a speaker in their field.  The format of the meeting was quite similar to a Toastmasters meeting but each of us was asked to make two short impromptu presentations.

The topic for the meeting was “That’s My Story and I’m Sticking With It”.  When I was first told about the topic I was not very clear how I could incorporate that topic into a short presentation.  On my way to the meeting, I realized that the best topic to speak on was change! [Read more…]

Are You Stuck?

Life is a road you travel based on your experiences, education, the decisions you make and the effort you contribute.  You have dreams and goals.  There are many things you want to achieve and with some planning, hard work, assistance and luck you can make those dreams a reality.
Too bad it doesn’t just happen as smoothly as that!  Life, and business, have a lot of bumps in the road and sometimes you can become stalled.  This may include:

  • revenues that plateau
  • overlooked for promotion
  • high turnover, low productivity, low morale
  • and more!

When these obstacles present themselves, it is up to us to determine what steps we will take, or the amount of effort we will exert to overcome these challenges.  Indecision, fear, competing priorities, lack of willingness to change, a lack of clarity or failing to plan can each impact our ability to move forward.  A successful entrepreneur once said that “entrepreneurs have a very high fear tolerance because they are always pushing themselves to move forward into the unknown over and over again.  But being on the edge is also very invigorating when those efforts pay-off.”

Very few of us, if any, go through our careers (employed or as an entrepreneur) without questioning our path, or wondering what we should/could be doing to achieve our dream. Business professionals will experience times when they feel stuck.  This feeling may reflect:

  • a job that isn’t ideal,
  • results that are less than stellar,
  • a lack of decision-making power because you are sandwiched between front line employees and senior managers,
  • frustration that time is passing and goals remain unmet, or boredom.

Dr Timothy Butler, a professor at Harvard Business School, and author of the book Getting Unstuck: How Dead Ends Become New Paths says “This feeling of being stuck in one place, while troubling, is part of a necessary crisis leading to personal growth.  Without it we cannot grow, change, and—eventually—live more fully in a larger world.” 

According to Dr. Butler, an impasse doesn’t happen overnight.  Instead it is something that grows over time.  “When we feel stuck, getting our energy moving can feel like a Herculean challenge. It can seem as if we are glued to wherever we are, with no hope of a remedy,” says Dr. Butler.  “Feeling stuck can take a lot of forms. It can manifest as boredom, the blues, impatience, frustration and even hunger. If you stay stuck long enough, it can translate into more serious things like depression, hopelessness and despair.

Want to get UNSTUCK?

1. Write your goals in a list, vision board or mindmap.  Post these goals in a visible location so you can see them every day!  This will keep your goals front and centre in your mind.  Check out my Goal Strategy Success program.  This proven tool guides you to set, plan, act, review and keep moving forward for an entire year!  The perpetual format of the journal allows you to start TODAY!
2, Work with an accountability partner. This may be a mentor, Coach or Mastermind team.  When you share your goals and dreams with another person and they are supportive to your efforts, you are significantly more likely to achive those goals more quickly, and the process will be easier.   Check out my mastermind program and 1:1 and group coaching programs!  I have a plan that fits your needs and budget!
3. Connect & promote. This may be very challenging when you are feeling stuck but networking is vital for every business person!  If you business is stalled, networking puts you in touch with potential venture partners and customer and helps you keep in touch with what is happening around you.  It allows you to shift your focus!  If you are employed and bored or frustrated in your job, networking connects you with potential employers or new job opportunities.  Don’t hibernate…reach out and enjoy the pay-off.


Don’t let setbacks, dashed goals or broken relationships be the glue that holds you back.  Learn from these events, add SPARK and set forth on another adventure!  Life and business have their ups and downs but the journey is worthwhile with a bit of effort!

Bad Decision or On-Track?

Today I have heard a lot of discussion on the radio surrounding the Hockey Hall of Fame announcements and the induction of  Pavel Bure – a former Vancouver Canuck.   Pavel Bure was recruited by the Vancouver Canucks just prior to his defection from the Soviet Union in the early 1990’s.  Pavel was known as “The Russian Rocket” and demonstrated his phenomenal skill while wearing the Canucks uniform. (sidebar:  I was thrilled to have watched him live on several occasions).

Pavel wasn’t a typical Canuck in that he wasn’t a major contributor to the community.  In my opinion, the Vancouver Canucks have set a high expectation on their team, and management, and their participation in community and charity efforts.  This can be quite different than other teams who have a lower bar in place.  Add to that, Pavel’s rocky departure from the Canucks.  Two years ago, Vancouver retired the jerseys of three key players in Canucks history and added others to a newly created Ring of Honour.  Pavel was not chosen for either.

At the time, I remember writing a blog post on how honourees were chosen.  Hockey skill,  leadership, community (social) and team contributions were all key factors.  Each of the players chosen unquestionably met each of these criteria.  Roll ahead to today.  Pavel Bure was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.  He was arguably one of the best goal scorers of all time, so from that perspective a good inductee choice.  Sportscasters spent the day questioning why Bure hadn’t had his jersey retired or been added to the Ring of Honour.

How does this hockey story apply to you as a business person?
If you have established criteria for a particular role or recognition award that reflects your values, do you ignore some of those values and only focus on one component of the criteria to recognize an employee or co-worker?
I contend that an organization is only truly successful when their values are integrated into every aspect of their business activities.  These values are not just words on a wall, but living and breathing components of every action embraced and demonstrated by all levels of the organization.

I have been working with a client of mine on a project where the work we were doing had to truly integrate the four key values of the organization.  This made our work so interesting and provided a great “bar” to measure our work against.  It added life to what otherwise may not be “alive”.  Over the past year while I have been working on changes within my own business I have become very clear on my own values and they have become strong determinants in deciding what work to take on, who I work with, what I do and what I wish to project to others.

Are you really clear on your own personal values?  Do you know the values of your business (or those of your employer’s business)?  Are these values integrated into every component of the organizations activities, culture and decisions?  If no, why not?

Next Steps
1.  Become very clear on what your personal values are?  Evaluate how these values fit with your employer or business values.
2.  Identify ways to integrate the values of your business/organization into decision making, actions and the overall culture.
3.  Take steps to recognize when values, decisions and actions are all in alignment!  How does that look/feel and what does it mean to you and your team?

So, should Pavel Bure have his jersey retired?  I don’t think so because he didn’t embrace all of the components so important to and reflected in Canucks who embraced their values and culture.

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…]

Leadership Examined

“To lead people, walk beside them … As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. The next best, the people honor and praise. The next, the people fear; and the next, the people hate … When the best leader’s work is done the people say, ‘We did it ourselves!'”

— Lao-tsu

Leadership involves much more than management.  Business In Vancouver has started their 2012 Business Excellence series examining what it takes to be a leader. Key to understanding this is knowing how a leader differs from a manager, both in responsibilities and in aptitude.

I am very honoured to be one of the Leadership “experts” interviewed for this edition.  This edition offers great insights on leadership and the steps to take to be a more effective leader. [Read more…]

The Power of Many

Are you feeling stale in your job?
Do you have a sense of uninspired leadership?
Are you isolated or feeling unsupported?

If you answered yes, our Leadership Mastermind programs are for you.

A mastermind group is also referred to as a peer mentoring group or personal board of directors. Napoleon Hill shared the concept in his book “Think and Grow Rich” [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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