What is Healthy Tension?
Many organizations fail to walk their talk. They have core values like TEAMWORK, COMMUNICATION, INNOVATION and RESPECT that they put on their website, talk about at team meetings, and display on the walls of their building; yet if you were to walk down the hallways of those same buildings, the culture and behaviours that exist on a day to day basis are often the exact opposite of those values.
The Reason Why Most Team Building Workshops Don’t Work
You are participating in a team building workshop and the facilitator challenges your group to get from one side of the conference room to the other, but no one can touch the floor along the way. You can only stand on a small number of placemats that he has provided.
How to Have a Win/Win Conversation When You Don’t See Eye-To-Eye
Have you ever been stuck in a tug-of-war conversation? Maybe it was a disagreement regarding a change taking place at work, a difficult decision that had to be made, or a difference in political viewpoints. Like the schoolyard game, a tug-of-war conversation feels like you are pulling strongly in one direction, while the person you’re talking with is pulling equally hard in the other direction.
Why Either/Or Thinking is Sabotaging Your Leadership
I blame my parents! Don’t get me wrong, they had my best interests in mind. Little did they know, however, that their nurturing, guidance and teaching would sabotage me as a leader.
It started before I was even one year old when I was taught what was “safe” and “unsafe.” Don’t touch this. Don’t eat that. Stay away from there.
Managing Tensions as a New Manager
Have you ever heard a senior leader say this before: “I can’t believe how much that person is struggling since I put them in a leadership role, they seemed to have management-material written all over them.”
How to Focus on the Team AND the Individual
As an effective and caring leader, you want to engage, recognize, and reward your people the best way possible. The problem is that it can be difficult to know whether it’s better to do this by focusing on the team or by focusing on individuals within the team.
Embracing Change While Preserving Tradition
With an audience of over 250,000 people per year, the Shaw Festival in Niagara-On-The-Lake is a Canadian cultural icon. While focusing on the iconic playwright George Bernard Shaw is a key priority, the Shaw Festival also keeps an eye on the future.
Leadership Lessons from Migrant Workers
While many people associate Niagara with our tender-fruit farms and wineries, the vital role that migrant workers play in the success of these industries is often unknown or overlooked.
Why You Won’t Have Work/Life Balance This Year
It happens every January. You look back at the past year with mixed emotions. On the one hand, you're frustrated that you didn't do a better job at achieving work/life balance.
10 Signs Your Team is Stuck - and What To Do About It.
Business leaders and mangers often confide in me that they are frustrated with the effectiveness of their team.
3 Things That Make or Break Every Team
How you can turn up the volume on productivity, innovation and team morale, by embracing the very thing most leaders avoid.