Leadership

The Power to Impact a Life

I had the privilege of seeing Clayton Christensen speak for the first time a couple of days ago. A professor of Business Administration at Harvard University, he is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work in the field of innovation. In particular, he advanced the concept of disruptive innovation, of new entrants at the bottom…
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The Challenges Of No; The Temptations Of Yes

“No” is an awfully powerful word. It is a rejection. It is a wall. It is not an entry point. It is not a consultative word. It does not serve as the basis for dialogue or exploration. It is a full stop. Period. End of statement.



Creativity Like Clockwork

We tend to view creativity as something special. Unique. Ethereal. And therefore entirely difficult to summon or channel on demand. The idea that creativity can be planned and managed—can in fact be scheduled—is therefore one that strikes many of us as ludicrous and unreasonable.



Confronting Our ‘Overplayed Strengths’

It has long been asserted that a weakness is an overplayed strength. It is, arguably, how weaknesses actually become weaknesses: we don’t know when to stop, and so we keep on doing what got us there in the first place. Confidence becomes arrogance. Perspective becomes paralysis. Knowledge becomes blinkered. It’s an important concept, even if…
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Challenging Behaviours

“Safety is our number one priority.” This is a common refrain in many organizations, and it has particularly been an area of more recent emphasis in riskier environments: construction, working with heavy equipment, mining and oil & gas exploration. A recent article in Quartz highlights some interesting—and arguably unintended—results from a recent workplace effort to…
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Accepting The Fear

I speak. In fact, I speak fairly regularly. I’ve been speaking for nearly 20 years now, and I like to think I’m reasonably good at it. At least once a month, and quite often more, I find myself in front of an audience who wants to know what I have to say.



Virtual Teams: A Futile Effort

Albert Einstein is attributed with defining insanity as, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose…



What Are You In It For?

Entrepreneurs and leaders face enormous challenges. They are not the same challenges, however, and it would be dangerous to genericize the concept of ’universal leader’ in the same way that ’homo economicus’ is a bit of a non-starter. The investment marketplace is an irrational place to play, but we are all unique in our irrationality.



Leading & Effective Decision Making

Decision making, at the best of times, is a difficult enterprise. You are faced with the challenge of making a choice, where the consequences of your decision cannot be fully understood until after it has been made. The challenge, then, is finding the insight, the wisdom and the process necessary to make good decisions in…
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The Challenges Of Facilitation

Facilitating, when you do it well, is a challenge. It isn’t easy taking a group where they need to go, particularly when you aren’t certain where that really is, or the process that will get them there. You can plan, you can contemplate, you can design—in the end, however, it is just you and the…
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