Coaching

What Good Leaders Do That Makes Their Organizations Great

Jul 8, 2014

I recently watched a presentation by Simon Sinek called “Reconnect with Why”. It was about how good leadership establishes a system of trust in the workplace and how strong leaders foster natural organization and cooperation.

In this talk, he discussed what makes a great leader, and great organizations, and I wanted to pass it along to you. While the concept is quite simple and has remained the same since human beings first gathered in groups, it is easily forgotten amidst the noise and busyness of today’s organizations.

A Tool that Makes Surfing the Web Productive

Jun 17, 2014

How do you handle your to-do list for the day? Are you a day planner person? A whiteboard writer? A post-it note fan? Or maybe you’re an “I-don’t-need-to-write-it-down-I-know-what-I-need-to-get-down” type of person.

Personally, I live in the Land of a Thousand Stickies. I write everything – I mean EVERYTHING – on post-its. The only issue is that I end up with multiple to-do lists in various degrees of completion. It’s not always the most effective. Actually, most of the options aren’t that effective.

When Did We Abandon Learning?

Sep 4, 2013

Dependent on where you live, your drive into work yesterday may have been a bit longer than usual. The vast majority of schools in our area welcomed students back yesterday, heralding the return of buses to our roads.

For me, the slower commute was the least of my worries as my oldest daughter was going to school for the first time. Rather than cursing the buses, my husband and I were those crazy parents following behind it.

It was a rocky start (including one of those peel-the-crying-child-off-you moments), but she had a great day overall and was excited to return today.

You're Not Good Enough

Jul 16, 2013

I think we’d all like to believe that self-esteem issues are problems you have when you’re 16 and worried that you’ll get a zit right before the big dance. But that’s not the case.

Unfortunately, self-esteem issues tend to plague you long after high school and can cause not-so-small problems in the workplace. Here’s how.

3 Ways To Make Confident Decisions & Put an End to Second Guessing Yourself

Jul 30, 2012

Let’s face it, not everyone has the ability to make confident decisions. How many times have you been faced with a decision and not known which path to take? What emotions were running through your body? I can guarantee you there was a rush of frustration and anger because you find you doubt yourself. We make decisions constantly throughout our day, whether it’s deciding what to eat for breakfast or what television show to watch after work.

Lessons Learned – Turning Failures and Mistakes into Opportunities

Nov 29, 2011

Mistakes, we all make them but how many of us turn these into opportunities? One of the things that set successful companies apart from the others is how they deal with mistakes. Successful organizations turn mistakes to their advantage. Mistakes are hidden opportunities; you just have to recognize them for what their potential is. In Thomas Edison’s famous quote when asked about his failures in trying to create the light bulb, he stated that he hadn’t failed, but had discovered 1,000 ways not to make the light bulb.

The Family Tartan

Sep 27, 2011

My mother’s maiden name is Buchanan. It’s of Scottish descent and as such, has a plaid tartan associated with it. The colours include a golden yellow, interlaced with dark reds and greens. It’s a tasteful pattern (as far as plaid patterns go) but I’d certainly have to choose the right accessories to go with it to make sure everything looked up to snuff. (Yes, I’m a man, and yes I accessorize).

How to Deal with a Poor Performer

Aug 22, 2011

All employees have the occasional bad day, I know I have and I’m sure you have too. But there is a difference between an occasional bad day and when an employee consistently performs poorly. A team is like a set of dominoes all lined up, if one domino falls, they all fall. In a team, if one person performs poorly it affects the entire team. It’s like the person with all the negativity just leaves it in a path behind them and anyone who comes into contact will become negative as well.

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