The cost of an appreciation (or not)

It’s human nature to focus on what is or might go wrong. However, as a leader, your human nature might be costing you dearly. According to several studies, 79% of people have quit a job where they didn’t feel appreciated (source). Stop assuming they know...

Lead from where you want to be

Imagine being a band conductor, and you want the band to speed up. What would happen if you continued conducting at the same tempo? Simple, the band would continue playing at the current tempo. Conducting is leadership, and there’s a lesson leaders can take from...

Are you coping – then you’re not winning

How often do you hear people talk about coping with something? It might be a bad job, relationship or place they live. The word cope comes from Middle English, and meant ‘meet in battle, come to blows.’ When it comes to your mindset, it seems a fitting...

How do you define success?

When I started my business, I thought success was a destination, and life would be good when I got there. This type of thinking is demoralizing as no matter what I achieved, I still couldn’t think of myself as successful. You will not wake up one day to find...

The only accurate measure of leadership

The corporate world often measures leadership by looking at skills, competencies, job titles, etc. I’ve even seen leadership measured by how much someone talks. Skills, competencies, education, and behaviours are all essential. However, the only accurate measure...

When you don’t understand their upset

A while ago, I was talking to someone and didn’t understand why they were upset with their situation. This difference in perspective is hardly surprising, as we all look at the world through the lenses of our stories. The problem starts when leaders become...