Category: Leadership

Everyone Can Be a Hero

The Masked Avenger rockets across the sky, a flame of yellow fury emanating from his heels. In the nick of time, he swoops to the ground, shields the innocent from the villain and stands defiantly to protect the values of justice. At least that is the way that it plays out in comics, movies, folklore. […]

How to Read

(with intent and understanding) Now that I have your attention, this article is about how to read; feedback, criticisms, letters, emails, text messages and the like. The truth about communication is that while we may all think we are excellent communicators, a lot gets in the way of open, effective communication. Most of our communication […]

The Seven Important Qualities of Corporate Leaders

Each and every leader has a unique perspective, built upon years of interactions, rewards, concerns and issues. They have most often honed their skills through experience, intuition and strong core behaviours which enhance the natural abilities to communicate and create followership. In the past century hundreds, if not thousands, of books have been written on […]

Rise Up in 2021

Lets face it, 2020 was a bit of a chaotic mess. We went from optimism and a fully functioning economy to a lock down and completely new work environment. Our business members went from a pretty decent marketplace to struggling to survive; a condition which will continue for the next six months or so. I […]

Transaction or Aspiration?

How you define yourself can indicate how successful you will be. In recent weeks I’ve been having many discussions with business owners about who they are, and what they aspire to be. In these conversations two types of leaders emerge: Transactional and Aspirational. Transactional business people focus on the here and now. They look at […]

Leadership Within – Evaluations

“Evaluations are the single greatest indicator of your long term success in business. They support accountability and create performance environments.” Organizations without a strong evaluation framework are what we call operationally focused. Each day they bring a new set of challenges, which must be resolved prior to the execution of other business tasks or goals. […]

Leadership Within – Mentoring and Coaching

A Mentor and a Coach are very different from each other, yet their skills can be intertwined, depending o the situation you find yourself in. As a coach, you may need the person being coached to reflect and consider, before you can coach for performance. As a Mentor, you may need to coach people in […]

Leadership Within – Setting Performance Standards

As we move into our series on employee evaluation, we start with the first key component of a strong performance environment: Performance standards. Performance standards are the bedrock of any organization and its ability to perform, over time.When effective performance standards are in place, it is clear who holds what roles, how those roles are […]

Leadership Within – Degrees of Influence

When I discuss brand, I almost always ask the question:   What do people say about (your business), when you are not in the room?   The answer to this question is the result of everything you do within and outside of your business. It is influenced by your advertising efforts (which bring people in […]

Leadership Within – Creating Trust

Trust is an essential component of all workplace relationships. When trust is firmly entrenched,employees feel supported by peers, supervisors, managers and the organization. Trust goes beyond words to actions, reactions and practices. Trust creates a more cohesive, functional and effective team.   A recent survey of nearly 13,000 workers in all job levels and industries […]