The Integral Role of Leaders in Organizational Culture

Leaders have a pivotal impact on the initiation and sustainability of Values Based Organizational Culture.  They have a large say as they create the environment, model the behaviours, and decide on the related strategies, processes, procedures, and systems.  Therefore, it is important to explore how leaders impact organizational culture and how they can support the shift towards the...

What is All the Buzz About Organizational Culture?

Organizational Culture is spoken of in several ways.  Because Organizational Culture has become somewhat of a trendy concept, often spoken of as a solution for our changing times, some leaders may be tempted to jump on board simply because it is popular.  This highlights the importance of understanding what it truly means and to base organizational culture initiatives on solid...

“Millennials”

I have heard many comments this year about the challenges of managing Millennials.  Often the word, Millennials, is used in a derogatory manner.  This often surprises me as I see so much benefit that Millennials can bring. When I listen to what Millennials tend to ask for, they are things that earlier generations – Traditional, Baby Boomer, and Gen X – wanted to ask but did...

Are You Finding that Your Leadership is Not as Effective as It Used to Be?

Why is this happening?1. There has been a shift from the Industrial Era to the Knowledge Age.2. We are now operating in a VUCA world which requires different things from us as leaders. VUCA stands for volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. What is different?1. Business is much more internet-based, and people – both team members and customers/clients – have much more information...

A New Type of Leadership for The Knowledge Era

It is with delight that I write this post as I have just submitted my final MA Leadership assignment! This marks the formal culmination of a two-year, transformative journey that has brought new learning, new perspectives and new tools to share with others. It has deepened my passion for values-based leadership and systems and values-based organizational culture initiatives. Along my MA...

Intention 2019

How many times have you set goals for the year ahead only to have them preempted by something else that seemed more important?  Were your goals “have to’s” or “need to’s” or “should’s”? We are much more likely to progress if we base our goals on things that have internal motivation or significance for us and that we “want” versus what we “should” do. This year, Santa brought me a journal.  The...

Learning from Experience – An Act of Reflection

How often do you take the chance to reflect on your leadership? How important do you see that learning is to your leadership? Learning about yourself? Learning about others? Learning skills to be more resilient, creative, and innovative? The concept of reflection is not new. However, we often overlook it or kid ourselves into thinking that we do it already. We need time to do this. Reflection...