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How to Break the Blahs: Strategies for Resetting Team Energy

In January I landed in Winnipeg on their coldest day: -53 Celsius (-63F) with wind chill. Good timing! Many cities in North America have experienced record lows that suck the energy right out of you…all except what’s needed to cozy up beside a fire with a latte. In the heart of winter are you finding
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Feb 04, 2019

11 Signs Your Strategy Will Fail

I recently challenged an executive to ask her team if they could paraphrase her strategy accurately. The results were abysmal, getting about one and half of the priorities correct out of five. That’s a fail. Companies rarely crash and burn over night. Instead, strategies get off track as cues are missed and the path is not
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Jan 21, 2019

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 Jeff Skipper
  • Jan 07, 2019

White Noise or Fright Noise? Interpreting the Office Buzz Factor

With today’s open offices, people prefer a steady level of ‘white noise’ to drown out distractions. If it’s too quiet we wonder if the rapture occurred and we missed it. Sometimes conversation levels rise above the background noise. You know ‘something’s up’. Strong leaders pay attention to the OBF: Office Buzz Factor. OBF is the
  • by Jeff Skipper
  • Dec 10, 2018

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 Jeff Skipper
  • Dec 10, 2018