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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Read the article, "Goal: Inspire my Team. Regularly."

    Goal: Inspire my Team. Regularly.

    Leadership

    Great, But Not Good Enough! Many of us have had bosses in the past who inspired us to stretch and reach higher levels of achievement. One of mine was Dave MacLaurin. One year my team had excellent results: a large…

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  8. Read the article, "Middle Managers…Assets or Liabilities?"

    Middle Managers…Assets or Liabilities?

    Leadership

    The Simulation. And the “Usual” Dramas… I ran an Organization Workshop recently in Portland, Maine, for Middle Managers.  The “OW” gets to the heart of partnership in organization life – why partnership is critical to organizational success, what gets in…

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  9. What to do about THAT employee!

    Management

    What to do about THAT employee! You know the one I mean…technically skilled and hard to work with. The same conversation happens every year at his performance review…he does the technical work well and is prickly with other people. As…

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  10. Real Life Solutions for the Money Draining Problem of Employee Turnover

    Management

    Last fall, we spoke to the members of the Hampden Business Association about Staff Retention.  Since that time, we have talked with several business leaders about this issue.  The real costs of losing an employee continue to rise, making this…

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