The Circle of Five

Most people don’t realize this, but we are the average of the 5 people we associate with the most. This is often referred to as our unique circle of influence; they shape many of our attitudes values and have a great impact on our ability to achieve our goals. This topic recently came up in […]

How to Move Faster

“This just came in last minute and it needs to be completed by end of day.” “I need to get all this done by end of day.” “Stop what you are doing, and start doing this.” I am sure everyone has experienced one or more of these scenarios, and with the tremendous changes occurring in […]

Let me sleep on that!

Often I get asked “what can I do to become a better leader in my organization?” The truth of the answer is, it all depends. And the response is, “What do you mean?” Well, I have never been a “magic bullet theorist”, but if you are looking to make one simple change to become a […]

Teaching vs. Learning

“Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man to Fish, and You Feed Him for a Lifetime.” –Chinese Proverb Early on in my career, I was assigned to train a large consumer goods packaging company on a new software platform they had purchased from my company. One hundred […]

The Sky is Falling….Not really!

The Impact of Reactive Behaviour in the Workplace I am sure everyone at one point in their career has experienced the “sky is falling behaviour”. It may have been something simple a person said or something that a client did. All of a sudden, people and teams start reacting, running around, trying to “fix” the problem […]

Distractions are everywhere. Are you prepared?

“I started my day with good intentions, then I got so distracted with emails, instant messages and meetings that I completely lost track of what I really needed to get done.”  This is something I hear quite often when speaking or conducting workshops on human performance. It seems in our technologically advanced society, we have […]

Gold, Silver, Bronze…High Level Performance beyond the Medals

The Rio Olympics are now on, and for two weeks, we will see some of the greatest feats in athleticism. For most spectators watching the games, we are often pulled towards seeing someone who will win a gold medal. And yes, it can be very captivating to see the performance of a Usain Bolt or […]

The Great Intention

I am sure everyone knows someone, or in fact has been there themselves; you start out towards achieving a goal with great intentions and then get sidetracked, your focus shifts, and you start to lose your motivation. Great intentions seem to be an all too common occurrence. Just look at the people who set New […]

Ready to work beyond 65?

I grew up in the city of Mississauga, just West of Toronto, and the only mayor I ever knew was Hazel McCallion. Hazel was the mayor of Mississauga until the age of 93. Hurricane Hazel, as she is often referred to, not only helped create the city of Mississauga, but also redefined how one remains […]

The Big Presentation

A big presentation can be one of the most challenging and important performances for any professional. It can range from presenting the latest market research findings to an executive team to pitching a large client. It is said that public speaking is the number one fear of most people, and it’s no wonder, standing up […]