Why Gyms Have Mirrors and You Should Too

It was a full class at the gym Saturday. A colleague with a barbell across her back in front of me shuffled over so I could get a clear view of myself in the mirror as we performed synchronized squats. In many training areas  – from ballet to bootcamp – there are walls of mirrors present to reflect […]

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Avoid Obsolescence: Plan your next brain upgrade!

When I finished my last degree, I decided my brain was big enough. The Master’s program for Organizational Psychology featured a large volume of dense reading in addition to lengthy lectures which distilled decades of knowledge into a firehose. I loved those days, devouring the writings of great thinkers like Argyris, Beckhard and Bennis who […]

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How to Micromanage so Your Team Will Love You

When I worked for one of Canada’s big banks, we had an executive that insisted on final signoff for all training. That was fine, but she regularly wordsmithed the work sending us back several stages in our development effort. The feedback was not considered ‘value add’ and instead indicated a lack of trust in her […]

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Influence. You’ve got it. Now What?

Cheryl Bachelder is an extraordinary leader. While CEO at Popeyes, Cheryl led the franchise to new heights, growing market cap from less than $300 million to over $1.3 billion. As Ms. Bachelder drive higher performance and success, employees paid ever-closer attention to all she said and did. One of the more memorable moments was being […]

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Looking in all the Wrong Places? Ten Ways to Avoid Strategic Disaster

Watching professional sports reveals that players move, skate and dribble with their heads up to anticipate the next play and keep an eye on the goal and incoming threats. Focusing solely on the puck or ball invites someone else to clobber you into next week. Successful organizations have a tendency towards strategic ossification. Success breeds […]

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Pushing for Higher Performance? Revere the Energy Addict

Have you seen an energy addict? They walk with eyes aimed low, tablet or phone in hand, scanning walls one foot off the ground looking for an outlet. The ultimate energy opportunists, they plug in as soon as a power source is available, even with a battery at 95%. We find them hanging out by […]

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Fear is your Friend

Most people are aware of the ‘fight or flight’ syndrome. A lecture on stress is usually accompanied by references to the ‘lizard brain’ and the negative effects on our ability to learn or think clearly. This leads to a discussion of coping mechanisms we can use ‘in the moment’. I don’t want to cope; I […]

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When Dividing Your Attention Matters

I hate Cirque du Soleil shows…almost as much as I love them. It’s not uncommon for me to leave a show feeling both exhilarated and frustrated. If you’ve seen one, you’ll understand what I mean when I say there’s too much going on to take it all in! While you commonly have a main act that […]

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