Mike’s Leadership Blog

This blog is for leaders, coaches and everyone else who find themselves in any form of leadership position. 

The best leadership advice I’ve received is …

I have been formally leading corporate teams for more than twenty years now. I’ve usually worked for mid-large sized corporations. During this time I’ve taken countless leadership workshops, read an untold number of leadership books, and participated in who-knows how...

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Leaders pause to find freedom

Freedom. The word shows up throughout history. The word is often used to justify war, death, protests and so much more. However, if I asked you to explain freedom what would you tell me? I’m still working on learning what it means to be free. Freedom is my first core...

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Talking fear with Dave Dame

During the past few weeks I have been thinking and talking about fear. It’s an uncomfortable topic, as it often means confronting something uncomfortable in ourselves. Fear is a normal part of the human experience. I’m not talking about being chased by a bear type of...

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Wait … what was that?

I withdrew from the group. I needed time alone to think through the options in front of me. If I chose to move forward, it would mean I experience vulnerability at a level I’ve never experienced before. There was a wild debate happening inside my head that sounded...

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The sweet essence of our fears

One of the things Canada, my country, is known for is maple syrup. If you don’t know, pure maple syrup is made from the sap of maple trees. You take the sap and boil it down to remove everything except the syrup. In this case, you’re largely boiling away the water and...

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The reflection of a leadership mindset

If you follow me on social media you might already know I am out $277 because of a transaction through hotels.com. I have little to no hope of getting the money back, and so I have been thinking about what I can learn from the experience. Mistakes happen The short...

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The impact of all this evaluation

Well, that sucked. The driver who cut me off on my way to work is an idiot! The abusive management practices are the reason we can't improve things. If only those workers would care more about their work we might be able to improve quality. Those consultants failed to...

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Learning about my leadership

Challenge completed. I’ve posted four times this week. I can tell you it has definitely been a challenge and one that was worth the effort. Like any experience in life, I have been thinking about what I am learning about my leadership this week. Have an impact I want...

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Let’s dance

I want to write about leadership. However, one of my biggest struggles with my writing is explaining how I see leadership. Talk about frustrating!! If you read my last post, W.W.A.D., you know my definition of leadership. A leader is someone who takes responsibility...

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W.W.A.D?

I took up a challenge to post four times this week … what was I thinking?   I took this challenge as I felt it would get me back into the groove of posting again. I kind of fell out of the writing habit several months ago. When I stopped writing I decided to give...

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