Leadership

Ego, Ownership & Happiness

Marnie McBean isn’t your normal, average, every-day Canadian. For starters, she’s won several gold medals at the Olympics. She has a healthy ego. She’s proud that she has a healthy ego. And she thinks more Canadians need to embrace their awesomeness.



The Unbearable Madness of Being: A Conclusion

I started this series as an exploration into why so many of us—theoretically well intentioned and intelligent professionals that we are—seem to manage to maintain a state of being overwhelmed most of the time. As I close out, the inescapable conclusion is the one I suggested at the outset: that, for the most part, this…
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The Unbearable Madness Of Being: Our Risk Obsession

Look out! Be careful! That’s dangerous! Should you really be doing that?! Risk has become quite the four-letter-word. It is, in certain circles, the new fetish to obsess about. In corporate corridors, over boardroom tables and in workshops and meetings (especially in workshops and meetings) risk management is a topic of seemingly endless discussion.



The Unbearable Madness Of Being: Our Quantified Selves

There is a lot of pressure to perform already. So why do we add to it? Without question, there are cultural influences behind the unrelenting and increasing pressure to achieve. The two aspects that I have explores so far—technology transformation and the improvement imperative reflect our response to societal changes. Certainly you can argue that…
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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.