Mike’s Blog

This is for everyone who is interested in Leadership, teams, and people. 

There are currently 1,179 posts on this site. Narrow the list by searching for topics that are important to you.

A post about nothing

I’m stuck. I’ve been sitting here wondering what to write about. Yet, nothing has been coming to me. I did some reading in hopes that something would inspire me. And still nothing. What I know is that when I’m stuck, the best thing I can do is to start writing (or...

Why do we keep pushing against the odds?

Why do we keep pushing against the odds?

On Friday, the internet went down for cable subscribers in southern Ontario. Once I realized it was down, my first thoughts went to “how am I going to get my work done today. What about the calls I have scheduled?” While I do have the hotspot on my phone, it’s too...

Is leadership a thing?

Is leadership a thing?

I was coaching an executive near the top of one of Canada's big banks. She called me in one day to talk about running a leadership program for her team. On my way to her office, I had decided I would only do this program if it were for the right reasons. Too many...

Nothing Really Matters

Nothing Really Matters

Success, failure, famous, or unknown. What if none of it really matters and life could be easy. You just need to decide that it is. “Nothing really matters.” — Freddie Mercury, Bohemian Rhapsody

Asking for help is not a weakness

Asking for help is not a weakness

It’s confession time! Historically, I suck at asking for help. For the longest time, it didn’t feel like a problem. I’d tell myself to justify not asking for help, like: It’ll take me longer to teach someone else what to do than to do it myself Someone else won’t do...

The impact of webcams on creativity

The impact of webcams on creativity

I've spent the past two years of working at home, perfecting what it means to be in front of a webcam. One of the most impactful skills I've learned is to look right into the webcam when I'm talking, coaching, or teaching. It wasn't easy to learn this skill when I...

How are you using your positional power?

How are you using your positional power?

I once quit a job that I really cared about. The reason? My boss used his positional power in ways that created many problems for the team. For example, one day, he phoned me while I was travelling home from a client site. He told me about a change that was happening...

Well I guess it was bound to happen

Well I guess it was bound to happen

After more than two years, we had Covid in the house for the first time. It started with one of us testing positive. Then, within a couple of days, the rest of us were testing positive. Thankfully, none of us had any severe symptoms. It also seems that none of us will...

Try being abnormal this week

Try being abnormal this week

I'm mediocre. There, I said it. It's hard to admit to mediocrity in a world that values those who stand out. However, there's nothing special about me or what I'm doing in the world. At least, this is the story I told myself for a long time. Take a moment and assess...

What to do when someone is upset

What to do when someone is upset

Several years ago, a client asked me to put together a plan to get the team trained and up to speed on a new way of working. While presenting the plan to the management team, one of the VPs became angry as he felt I was trying to upsell him. I was taken aback and...

Don’t project on others

“They’re concerned …” “They didn’t …” "They" won't solve a problem, but "they" will help you feel better about a problem. Do you want to feel better or solve the problem? Rather than starting with “they,” try starting with “I.” “I noticed …” “I’m concerned…” “I.”...

Are you giving feedback or criticism?

Are you giving feedback or criticism?

"Check your feedback and ask, are you coming from a place of making the other person either good or bad or right or wrong? Then you’re giving criticism, not feedback." –Christopher Avery

Building Great Teams

Building Great Teams

When you subscribe to this series, you will receive valuable information and insights from Mike about what it takes to build great teams. You are free to unsubscribe anytime!

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Download:

How-to Guide for

Having an Impact

I want to help you improve the world around you in some small way every day. Enter your name and email address, and I'll send you my how-to guide so you can have a positive impact every day.

Lead_Magnet

Subscribe to lists

The how-to guide to having an impact is on its way!