The Physiology of Learning

I was helping a client reduce the cost of their onboarding training budget by 25%. Sounds familiar? Like most professionals working in the area of learning and performance, you are being asked to do a lot more with a lot less, while at the same time undergoing fundamental changes within the workplace that increase the […]

Are you ambitious or competitive?

Recently, I was asked whether I consider myself ambitious or competitive. I must admit, I really had to think about which one I was. Could I be both?  I answered ambitious, yet I have always thought of myself as competitive. What’s the difference? Well, ambitious people lean towards being more intrinsically motivated, while competitive people […]

Change Your Perspective, Change Your World

Early on in my triathlon career, I raced in a couple of Ironman races which are comprised of a 3800 metre swim, 180 kilometre bike ride and a 42.2 kilometre run; yes a long day of racing. Being a naturally competitive athlete, I never felt like I was “racing” when participating in long distances races, […]

Do you hire for who people will become?

I had a conversation about hiring practices with one of Canada’s top technology leaders and he shared with me a big mistake he made early in his career when hiring people for his company. The mistake was hiring people who had impeccable credentials and experience, but were not willing grow to help strengthen his company’s […]

Do you find systems and process boring?

At this time of year, most people and teams have established their yearly goals, and if you are still following a traditional perfoAt this time of year, most people and teams have established their yearly goals, and if you are still following a traditional performance management practice, you will review the progress of these goals […]