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[MMM] What We All Need…| Monday Morning Motivator

Sometimes in life, you are in the right place at the right time with the right set of skills & experiences… under very difficult circumstances.   Kevin Vickers, Sergeant-at-Arms, was just in on the way to the chamber when he heard shots. He ran towards the chaos. As a retired RCMP officer, he knew instinctively what

[FLR] “Manager’s Best Friend” | Friday Leadership Report

Happy Friday,    We spend more time at work than any other place in our life. According to research from The Pet Manufacturing manufacturers, about 10% of employers have pet friendly policies. I have to admit my strong bias; I have two dogs & 1 cat.   The business reasons are very clear and supported in scientific evidence.

[MMM] How to Choose the Right Role in the Right Company | Monday Morning Motivator

Good Monday morning, Have you ever chosen a role & after a few months you realize it was not be the best option for you? Next to choosing the right profession, choosing the right role & company ranks a very close second. I have many conversations with clients who are seeking to make a good decision. I was reminded of this in a 60

[FLR] “I Didn’t Know What The Fast-Food Rules Were” | Friday Leadership Report

Happy Friday,    Brittany, our Manager of Client Services, is a huge fan of Chipotle Mexican Grill. Anytime she is on the road & there is restaurant within 200 km’s, she’ll find an excuse to have a meal there (okay, that might be a slight exaggeration. Let’s just say she really really likes the joint.)  I

[MMM] To Become a Better Leader Follow This 1 Simple Rule | Monday Morning Motivator

Good Tuesday morning,       It is almost the end of the golf season, to be frank, I am not very good at golf nor particularily drawn to the game. I do remember a few key rules when I took some lessons.  Don’t lift your head when you hit the ball. Use the right club.

[FLR] “Thank You”: A Key Way to Become a Better Leader | Friday Leadership Report

Happy Friday,    I admit, one of my favourite dinners is a family turkey dinner. I really do enjoy as they say “all the fixin’s”. Thanksgiving is a holiday where, as a culture we are intentional of acknowledging all of the goodness and blessings in our lives.    Interesting, one simple way to become a

[MMM] What Sting Can Teach You About Your Career | Friday Leadership Report

Good Monday morning,  Sting is one of my favourite musicians. I recently picked up a DVD documenting Sting’s life – most specifically, the time surrounding the recording of his first solo album.   There were many things I learned from watching this documentary. Sting said, “One of the greatest things in my life is that I

[FLR] Saying “No” Without Saying No | Friday Leadership Report

Happy Friday,    As a leader, one of the key challenges is to knowing how to respond to requests & needs.    Some can be as simple as moving office locations. Others can incorporate far more substantive changes. Knowing how to communicate what to say yes to, and what to say no to, are one of

[MMM] 3 Principles of Japanese Work Culture | Monday Morning Motivator

Good Monday morning,      There is an oft-quoted saying that good things (or challenging things) come in threes.I have always been a fan of the way the Japanese work culture spawns innovation andteam.   Gary Moyer, former President of Jaguar Canada, spent a number of years working for Mazda, and spoke of his experience

[FLR] Performance Reviews: Why Bother… | Friday Leadership Report

Happy Friday,    This is the time of year when many leaders are doing performance reviews. A 2010 Sibson Consulting study showed that 58 percent of HR managers dislike their own review system.    What can you do to “rethink” the way you help improve the performance of your employees?   Bloomberg Business | Performance Reviews: Why Bother   Psychology Today | Why Performance