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Creating Stability in the Work Environment by Leveraging Your Values

When we experience flux like we are experiencing now with the uncertainty around the impact of COVID going forward and, even before then, as we navigate the endless changes of life and leadership in the Knowledge Era, we look for some sort of certainty and stability. Traditional forms of certainty and stability are no longer available in this new era. Nothing is certain except for our choice of...

What are you learning and noting about how to lead through change?

Although this time is chaotic and challenging for many, it is an amazing time for learning.  There is the saying that we learn from our experiences; however, it is in reflecting on our experiences that we learn. Following are three questions that you can use to support your reflection: What are you doing to process what is happening?How are you observing the new environment we are in? From...

Leadership starts with you: How are you leading yourself to be healthy, calm and focused in this unprecedented time of change and uncertainty?

Leadership starts from the inside out.  As Brené Brown shares in Dare to Lead (2018):  “Who we are is how we lead.  Self love and self awareness matter.” Self leadership encompasses being self-aware, self-compassionate, self-confident, and holding the belief that you can do what it takes to achieve your goals.  In this time of unprecedented and wide-reaching change,...

As 2019 comes to a close …

As 2019 draws to a close, reflecting on the year can support your learning, growth and development. There is a saying that we learn through experience; however, as John Dewey said: “We do not learn from experience… we learn from reflecting on experience.” Ways to Reflect … You can ask yourself (I recommend writing out your answers): What went well this year? What did I learn through my...

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...

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