Are you mental health aware?

Recently, I delivered several workshops on mental health awareness, and one thing I have noticed is this cultural challenge is receiving more attention in the media and Fortune 500 companies are recognizing the importance of mental health in the workplace. This has helped in making the subject of mental health easier to talk about, enabling […]

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 […]

The Great Intention-2017

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 […]

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 […]