Ideas to help you create an environment where people and performance thrive

Leadership Tip: Breathe

Just Breathe

So much to do.Not enough time.Crap, I forgot about that…Oh no, I don’t have time for this…I’m not sure I can handle that today… No matter the season, your role or life situation, things can and often do feel overwhelming. Remember to breathe. Breathing deeply sends a message to your brain to calm down and…
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Meetings Don’t Have to Be Horrible

Dreading that upcoming meeting? In his book Death by Meeting, Patrick Lencioni shares that the answer to terrible meetings isn’t to have less of them. He suggests we should be having more and proposes: ⭐ Daily Check-Ins – a quick 5 minutes with the team to discuss the upcoming day.⭐ Weekly Tacticals – 45 to 90 minutes…
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Leadership tip: Even the best wellness program can't cure an unhealthy culture with a picture of two branches with green leaves on them.

Wellness is About Culture, Not Programs

She was sick and tired of being sick and tired. She’d done the EAP counselling.She’d attended the lunchtime workshops.She used the company gym. And none of it helped her feel better. The lack of trust.The feeling of being in regular battle with her colleagues.The unaddressed performance issues that frequently impacted her and her work. They…
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Top Performers Leave

Fertilize Your Top Performers

He was struggling. Am I really doing a good job? Am I doing it right? Are there things I could be doing better? The stress was getting to him. Cracks in the foundation.  He talked to his boss frequently. But there never seemed to be a way to ask the questions that swirled in his head. It felt too risky…
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Power Squad Podcast: Things That Get in the Way of Change

Hopefully, you’ll find our conversations as interesting as we do! 🙂 Kristina Schmitt, Jenny Barkan, ACC, and I spend a lot of time sharing ideas and building on each other’s thoughts. We thought you might like to listen in as we explore topics that impact leaders and workplaces. Look for the “Power Squad” conversations as a…
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Sorry, but your mom gave you sh*tty advice

Sorry, But Your Mom Gave You Sh*tty Advice

Great leaders: ✔ Embrace and invite conflict ✔ Give honest feedback ✔ Say “no” to things that don’t align with values and priorities Leaders often struggle with these keys to success.Why? We were taught to “be nice” Fighting with siblings?“Be nice” Speaking your truth?“Be nice” Not willing to share?“Be nice” The challenge is that “be…
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10 places to look to improve retention
Do Something About the Problems

Do Something About It

They keep missing deadlines. They aren’t managing their team well. They aren’t hitting their targets. They <insert thing that I wish would just resolve itself here>. Leaders spend a lot of time hoping problems will go away. They’re missing the point that leadership is mainly about making the problems go away (or better yet, preventing…
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I love a good firing

I Love a Good Firing

I love a good firing. When someone is: 👎 Not interested in or able to align with the organization’s values and culture 👎Creating success in one area at the expense of many other areas and people 👎Not willing or able to be a partner in solving problems They are continuously sucking the life out of…
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Menopause is a leadership issue

Menopause is a Leadership Issue

October 18 is World Menopause Day. Should I be wearing a grey t-shirt? All jokes aside, it turns out menopause is not only a serious issue, it’s a leadership issue. CBC just published an article that references a new report by the Menopause Foundation of Canada, which suggests “missed work days, lower productivity and lost income…
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