Prioritizing to reduce overwhelm

Prioritizing, Dim Sum, and a Locked Door

Prioritizing is about as exciting a subject as dealing with issues and risks (see previous blog). Be honest: just reading that previous sentence, and the words “prioritizing”, “issues”, and “risks”, a glaze is starting to form in front of your eyes, right? But hang on, this next sentence is much more interesting. She needed something […]

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Herding Panthers – Aligning Executives for Fun and Profit

Aligning key decision makers can be tough. Senior leaders operate in an environment where individual competence is highly valued and rewarded. Add to this the competitive nature present in most, if not all, executives, plus the healthy ego required to operate at this level. Mix it all up, and it leads to a challenge to […]

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Entering the dark space of dealing with issues and risks

Issues and Risks and a Very Scary Story

As usual, she parked her car on the side of the driveway closest to the house entrance. And as usual, she came home late, after dark. Nobody would be at home. As usual, alone, in her house. She walked up the steps to her designer steel framed door, but as usual she was too worn […]

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Vision: The Look and Feel of Success

“You have to start with a vision, blah, blah, blah…” No kidding. And how often have we heard that? As you’ll likely agree, it’s not having a vision, but it’s being able to articulate the vision, that makes a difference. Furthermore, being able to articulate it in a way so that people can see it […]

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PowerPoint Presentation-Lessons from a Composer

My friend Lisa was telling me the other day about how she had to deliver a PowerPoint presentation, on her marketing strategy, to a group of sales executives. Her concern was how to keep them engaged, paying attention. The slides would contain some analytical data that could come across as a bit dry to this […]

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Overcoming Adversity: How Companies Win/Podcast Blog #4

Overcoming adversity was not something General Electric, Walt Disney, Netflix and Airbnb had to do when they were starting up: True or false? As I wrote in my previous blog, when we think of well known, global market leaders such as these, we tend to assume they started up during ideal economic times. Somehow there […]

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“What do I focus on, when leading a change?”/Podcast Blog #3

This was a question a prospective client asked me recently, someone who was just put in charge of leading a change at their company.     “What would you advise me to make sure I don’t overlook, things I just have to get right?” Three things popped into my mind immediately, and I shared these […]

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What Will You Miss About the Pandemic?

Earlier this year, as the pandemic was starting, I read a wonderful memoir by Cathal Kelly: Boy Wonders. Cathal is a sportswriter for the Globe and Mail here in Canada. I am in general not a big follower of sports writers since I tend not to follow sports too closely. However, the first time I […]

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The 4…no wait, 3 Types of Change Leader

With the need to adjust and grow your business during a pandemic, as a manager in your organization, you’ll need to become a Change Leader, and work with others trying to do the same. Some will be naturals at this. Their initiative will succeed. They will become highly respected, even admired, in their organization. Their […]

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Leadership: The First Thing You Have to Get Right/Podcast Blog #2

Hi there, and welcome to our second podcast blog! I have a great leadership story for you today, straight “from the trenches”! The previous podcast was all about setting direction to thrive in the face of this pandemic. And you heard me say that implementing this new direction, would likely be the biggest change project […]

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