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Building a High Trust Workplace: Today’s Strategic Competitive Asset

Think of a time when you worked with a group of great people, where trust prevailed, where your leader had earned a followership and where everyone worked towards the same vision. It doesn’t have to have been paid work; community service…

Elements of Leadership: Part Two – Take The Red Pill

In part one we discussed the notion that everyone's view of the world was not actually created by them, but rather by their environment, their experiences, and the decisions they subconsciously made throughout their lives. As in the…

PSES 2014: The Early Results

The early results of the 2014 Public Service Employee Survey (2014 PSES) are now available on the TBS website. And this year the full dataset is available through the Open Government website for anyone who is interested in working with the…

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Without a doubt, managers can create amazing changes by learning, living, and leading the vision of a better workplace—somewhere people can make their best contributions. The ‘L’ theme is an intriguing one that brought a stream of other…

Elements of Leadership: Part One – The Matrix

In the movie, “The Matrix”, our protagonist, Neo, was horrified to discover that the world he lived in was not real, but rather a ‘matrix’ – a false world that had been artificially created by machines that wanted to control humans and…

What is Your Capacity for Change?

As the rate of change that our people and our organizations face continues to accelerate, many are no doubt in the process of preparing to undergo yet another “transformation”. Against this backdrop, we felt that it would be useful for…

Risk Is Not a Four Letter Word

Along with resolutions, a new year often means change and new initiatives. New opportunities can be an exciting time, but before you jump feet first into a new project/initiative, you should ask yourself: Is it worth the risk? What are…

Yes, You Should Have a Team Charter

There is a popular mythos that lives in our collective psyche of the solitary genius, toiling away, alone in his garage. After years of lonely, unappreciated work he emerges to stun us all with his visionary, world-changing invention.…

Why You Should Trust Management Consultants with the Life of Your Organization

Dwight Mihalicz, MBA, CMC, is well known for his ability to guide management teams through the unpredictable business landscape that we all face today. And this article so clearly captures the issue that many of us struggle with – why…

Why Change Initiatives Fail

Editor’s Note: This post is a follow-up to Debra’s recently published, Is Your Organization Ready to Change? and offers some valuable food-for-thought as managers contemplate their next steps... An organization’s ability to successfully…

Is Your Organization Ready to Change?

Though it may have been painful, your organization has just gone through a large-scale change initiative. And now you are starting your next change project, right on the heels of the first one. Taken together, this just might be too much…

5 Ways You Can Become a Better Listener

We spend a lot of time in our blog posts talking about employee engagement and how the single greatest driver of employee engagement is the employee’s personal relationship with their immediate supervisor. It is therefore crucial for…

What Do We Really Know About Employee Engagement?

I no longer follow the academic literature as closely as I once did.  However, as a consultant in the area of organizational behaviour and change management, I couldn’t help but be interested in a recent article in the Human Resource…

Leadership Point of View – Teamwork!

In my first post in this series on a Leadership Point of View – A Framework, I argued that a “leadership point of view”, solidly anchored in our own experiences and integrated with our personality, is essential for understanding how we…

The First Step: Care.

Seth Godin has written 17 books. Most are best-sellers. His marketing blog is required reading for many. Seth writes, in this gem, about the importance of caring: You’ve probably been to the hotel that serves refrigerated tomatoes in…

Getting to The Root of The Problem with The 5 Why’s

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.

 For want of a shoe the horse was lost.

 For want of a horse the rider was lost.

 For want of a rider the battle was lost.

 For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.

 And all for the want of a…

The ‘Team’ Leadership Point of View

In my last post (Leadership Point of View – A Framework), I argued that we need to be fully conscious of our history and habits, and the effect these have on how we influence others. A good understanding of these facets of our personality…

10 Valuable Lessons for Aspiring Leaders

The motivation for this post stems from my own leadership journey over the past 25-plus years, during which time I moved in and out of formal management positions, worked as a project manager, thought leader, and economist. After…

Leadership Point of View – A Framework

Early in my career, I had the good fortune to work for an executive who studied and intuitively understood his own value system, his core personality, and how these things strengthened his own leadership potential. And to this day I…

With ‘Mission Statement’ Weird Al Just Wrote a Song About Your Office

If ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic has just moved from mildly amusing to curiously offensive, it’s time to take a close look at your communication style. If Weird Al just moved from mildly amusing to a comedic genius, then you… don’t have…