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Are you ready for the next “Discontinuous Innovation” in your industry?

By | Leadership ,News | March 23, 2017 | 0 comment

  Donald Rumsfelt, George W. Bush’s Secretary of Defence during the Iraqi war, is famous for his quote “There are known knowns; these are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown […]

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Ned’s Rules of Engagement

By | Leadership ,News | February 15, 2017 | 0 comment

Introduction I developed a particular passion during 22 years of service in uniform.  That passion was how leaders work – what they did, and more importantly, why they did it. In 1998, I began to articulate some guidelines that I had learned over time, both in and out of uniform, about how people (who are […]

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Is your Company ready for the Inevitable Cyberattack?

By | News | January 17, 2017 | 0 comment

“There are two kinds of companies out there: those that have been hacked, and those that don’t know it yet.” A timely reminder from former FBI Director Robert Mueller holds as much water now as it did when he first said it in 2012.  With so much attention trained on Russian cyberattacks targeting the US […]

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Dreaming about 2017 – A Fable

By | Leadership ,News ,Training/Professional Development | December 7, 2016 | 0 comment

It is New Year’s Eve.  The house is quiet.  I am sitting by the fire with my spouse, sipping Laphroaig, and reflecting on the year gone by.  As Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  We discuss our goals and dreams – personal, professional, financial, spiritual, health & fitness, relationships, learning/personal growth, and […]

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“What does IKIGAI have to do with my Job Satisfaction and Fulfillment?”

By | Candidate Advice ,Employee Engagement | October 12, 2016 | 0 comment

In a recent Toronto Star article, Why North Americans should consider dumping age-old retirement, (September 6, 2016) Neil Pasricha, (author of The Happiness Equation, and The Book of Awesome) explores Canadian retirement myths and realities. Pasricha notes, “…the Institute for Economic Affairs says incidences of depression spike 40 per cent the year people retire.”   […]

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A 2nd Look at The 4 Disciplines of Execution

By | Leadership ,News | September 13, 2016 | 0 comment

In 2012 McChesney, Covey and Huling released their seminal book The 4 Disciplines of Execution.  Like all good things, it received resounding press and then faded into the oblivion of “the whirlwind of the urgent”.  It’s time for a second look. Executives deal with 2 fundamental subjects – Strategy and Execution.  MBA Schools teach Strategy; […]

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Employee Engagement? Try these 3 Questions at your next Meeting

By | Employee Engagement | June 15, 2016 | 0 comment

One of the hottest topics in human resource management right now is Employee Engagement.  Studies consistently show that falling levels of Employee Engagement are directly correlated with lower productivity, higher absenteeism, and higher turn-over.   A recent global study involving 44,000 respondents conducted by PwC (http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/hr-management-services/pdf/pwc-nextgen-study-2013.pdf) found the following broad categories of factors contributed significantly […]

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If Training is so important, why doesn’t it work?

By | News ,Training/Professional Development | May 19, 2016 | 0 comment

Research clearly shows a link between investing in training and improved organizational performance yet research on training effectiveness shows that most training doesn’t work. That’s a strange paradox – and a problem. It is not that trainers are not trying to do a good job – most are competent and passionate about what they do, […]

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