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

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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Strategy Matters

Strategy Matters

In organizations, people are often “paddling in different directions.” They are working hard but producing few results for their effort. They are working long hours and getting nowhere. They are tired, frustrated, and de-motivated.  Morale decreases. Resentment builds.  Strategy provides clarity around what the organization is aiming to achieve. It provides direction, offering people a sense of where the…
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Leadership Not Babysitting

Why Can’t They Just Behave Like Adults?

Have you ever referred to your job as “babysitting”? Sighed while lamenting about having to deal with an issue? Questioned why the people you lead “can’t just solve it like adults”? I’ve learned:Most adults suck at effectively navigating conflict and instinctively react either too passively or aggressively.Most adults suck at achieving their goals without support.Most adults suck…
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Getting off the hamster wheel

Hamster Wheel or Treadmill?

It’s common to say we say we don’t have time for things that are important. Yet we spend so much time wrapped up in things that we know aren’t a good use of our time. Scratch that. BECAUSE we spend so much time wrapped up in things that we know aren’t a good use of…
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Bravery is being afraid and doing it anyway

Is Discomfort Holding You Back?

There’s a misconception that contributes a lot to imposter syndrome and holds people back… It’s that being brave means not being nervous, anxious, afraid, or hesitant.  But the presence of fear does not mean the absence of bravery.  Bravery is being scared and doing it anyway. Feeling discomfort and leaning in. Not being certain, but…
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Psychological Safety is your slight edge

Psychological Safety is Your Slight Edge

He rushed up immediately once I was finished speaking. “I don’t want to monopolize all of your time, but I wanted to say that you nailed it with safety. I did leadership development for years and there was always something missing. I’ve come to realize it’s safety.” This week, I had the pleasure of co-presenting to 150…
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Dealing with difficult people situations

Stop Dealing With “Difficult People”

I have been trying to avoid labelling people as “difficult.” And choosing instead to label the situation as “difficult.” I adopted this thinking when I was asked to create a “Dealing With Difficult People” program. I wanted one of the key concepts to be that ‘navigating conflict is much easier when you see yourself as…
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Don't just ask why? answer it

Why are they doing THAT?!”

“Why are they doing THAT?” “WHAT were they thinking?” “How did they think THAT was a good idea?” “WHY can’t they just sort it out themselves?” Sigh. Questions like these are asked all day, every day, in organizations.  We express them in frustration to a colleague. We mutter them to our tired selves.  We bring…
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