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  1. How to Stop Taking Everything So Personally

    Leadership

    Most of what I’ve learned about not taking everything that happens so personally comes from the work of Barry Oshry.  Barry’s life work over the last 50 years or so has focused on the power and possibilities for individuals and…

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  2. Read the article, "If Titles Don’t Make Leaders…What Does?"

    If Titles Don’t Make Leaders…What Does?

    Executive Coaching

    Before setting up my own business. I worked in corporations for about 30 years.  Reflecting on the people I once worked for in the corporate world, I started categorizing my best and worst bosses and what they did and did…

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  3. Read the article, "Staying Grounded in Difficult Conversations"

    Staying Grounded in Difficult Conversations

    Executive Coaching

    Think for a minute about the difficult conversations you have had or avoided over the last month.  You know — the conversations where you really needed to give someone bad news, talk about something awkward, give unwanted critical feedback, receive…

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  4. Read the article, "Making the Case for Feedback!"

    Making the Case for Feedback!

    Executive Coaching

    Stop for a minute and think about a current professional relationship that you wish was better – stronger, more cooperative, healthier, more open, more trusting, more genuine. Maybe you’re thinking about an employee who is under-performing or a difficult relationship…

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  5. This I Believe

    Leadership

    This essay was inspired by the NPR series “This I Believe”. Humble Leadership I was born in Scotland, not long after the second world war. My parents had grown up in the depression and had endured the second world war…

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  6. Read the article, "How Courageous Are You ?"

    How Courageous Are You ?

    Executive Coaching

    A real life example of Managerial Courage. The Project and the Compromise… Being courageous in any organization can be risky. Taking the risk of saying what needs to be said can, however, make a huge difference. Several years ago, I…

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  7. Read the article, "What Matters Most? Aligning Our Time, Priorities and Actions"

    What Matters Most? Aligning Our Time, Priorities and Actions

    Personal Development

    Over-doing can distract us from focusing on what matters most. . . What is an over-doer?  One definition is . . . “someone who does something to excess”.  That’s me, when I am not careful.  Is over-doing also a problem for…

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  8. Read the article, "Are You on a Hiring Treadmill?"

    Are You on a Hiring Treadmill?

    Management

    We don’t always make the best hires… If you are like me, there will be some hiring decisions you have regretted. You may have hired someone whose technical skills were a bit “suspect” but you had been interviewing for months…

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  9. Read the article, "What Would It Take To Make Work a Better Place to Be?"

    What Would It Take To Make Work a Better Place to Be?

    Leadership

    At the heart of the work that David and I do, we are interested in inspiring people to do their best work and live their best lives.  It’s a simple vision, and for us, a compelling one.  What is it,…

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  10. Read the article, "Are Your Goals Unreasonable Enough?"

    Are Your Goals Unreasonable Enough?

    Leadership

    The Background Several years ago, I was leading a small Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) team based in Ottawa, Ontario. We were part of Nortel Networks, and BPR was the newest corporate trend. I was given the opportunity to take on…

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