The #ResponsibilityEthic

Why Responsibility? Some people wish for a better future. Some merely watch the present unfold. Others simply wonder, what happened? Those of us who are successful, take responsibility. We are the ones who make success happen. As a society, we have been oversold the quick fixes. Be the boss now. Lose weight faster. Outsource your life. … Continued

Journal For Increased Productivity

Do you have a positive journaling habit? A key habit that can help us sustain high productivity is a short, daily journal based upon the tenets of high-performance and positive psychology.

Effective Team Management: The Box of Action

Do you set clear boundaries of deliverables for team members at the outset of a project?   I call this practice ‘setting the box of action’. Define the box, clarify uncertainties, and then let your team members get to work. As long as the box is large, with plenty of room for flexibility, creativity and ownership … Continued

How To Deal Constructively With Criticism

How do you deal with criticism?   When criticised, do you take offence?  Ignore?  Defend? Where most of us dread or avoid criticism, a better option is to choose to welcome it.  View it constructively, as if someone is offering you a gift –  a gift that you can choose to accept or decline. Think of … Continued

Separate Fact From Feeling

When debriefing post success or failure, are you separating your feelings from facts? One of the biggest mistakes we can make while reflecting upon past events is to justify our feelings with emotional reasoning. Just because you feel something, does not make it true. Or, just because something is true, doesn’t mean that your feelings … Continued

Change for better by practising continuous improvement

Kaizen is the Japanese concept of continual improvement. There is always more work to do, because the work is not yet perfect. Can I increase the quality?  Can I increase the speed of production?  Can I decrease the cost? Toyota does it and they make great cars. You can do it and be a better … Continued

How Providence Can Change Your Life

Providence can change your life. Here is a quick lesson on how it works: Dream up a big goal Tell key supporters about your big goal Be humble and let go of outcome Act boldly   The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too.  All sorts of things will occur to help  one … Continued

Do you Know the Power of Resiliency?

Resiliency is powerful. It changes the world. Did Nelson Mandela stop when he was arrested for his anti-apartheid politics? Nope.

Power words propel Canadian rowers to silver

When you have a moment that counts, can you boil everything down to one or two words? It’s a strategy that worked for our Silver Medal winning Lightweight Women’s Double, Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee of Victoria, BC.  “It truly was all we had. I pretty much petered out for the last two strokes,” said … Continued

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The impact of social media and sponsorship on performance

When you take on leadership roles and express strong opinions you’re bound to face criticism. This I’m used to and I welcome constructive criticism and debate. I love learning and exploring ideas. And this week, I received some criticism that gave me extra pause to think. In a recent commentary, I questioned Genie Bouchard’s commitment … Continued