Want monumental success? Strip mental weight and bulk up on lightness!

When I worked at Suncor, the company would physically re-shuffle people periodically to bring teams closer together. A couple days before our group’s move, bins showed up at our desks to kick off the process of sorting, purging and packing. It’s amazing how much crap (aka, vendor knickknacks) you can accumulate over time. Even after
  • by jskipper
  • Jan 07, 2019

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
  • by jskipper
  • Dec 10, 2018

Values kill careers: How leaders tune in to avoid derailment

Quick Quiz: When a woman presents an opinion at work, do you give her the same attention as you would a man? Do females get the same promotion opportunities as men in your company? If you witnessed a woman being treated unfairly, inappropriately would you step in and end it? In front of the CEO?
  • by jskipper
  • Oct 28, 2018

How You Demean Employees and the Key to Stopping it

I hate riding exercise bikes. In fact, I consider all machine-based cardio to be evil. It’s boring, even with a TV in place, to be working so hard to get nowhere. No one associates the word “engaging” with cardio equipment. Gallup’s engagement data is often quoted for it’s mind-numbing finding that 87% of employees are
  • by jskipper
  • Oct 15, 2018

How to Avoid The Number One Mistake in Corporate Communication

  Calgary is famous for its annual Stampede celebration, which features a fantastic fireworks show every evening for a week, visible across the city. It’s nice to watch from your home, but something incredibly different to experience sitting up close at the Stampede grounds as fireworks explode above your head in an awe-inspiring display of colour
  • by jskipper
  • Oct 01, 2018