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Are people your best assets?

Are people your best assets?

While I tend to not get too hung up on language. However, I always try to improve my language to honour our differences and be more inclusive. For example, one of the phrases I’m trying to change is my habit of saying, “You guys.” It’s a long-standing habit of mine to...

What’s your proof about the best place to work?

What’s your proof about the best place to work?

There isn't a day that goes by when I don't see an article about returning to the office. It's become such an extensive discussion that we've even assigned the acronym "RTO." Most articles I read explain how executives claim innovation, collaboration, and productivity...

What is my Uber driver doing

What is my Uber driver doing

"What is my Uber driver doing?!?" I stood in front of a hotel this week, looking at the Uber app and quietly asking myself this question. After several minutes, I was getting mildly annoyed as the driver wasn't moving in my direction. (The Uber app shows their...

Where are you living with expectations

Where are you living with expectations

“Being a good citizen means you have a post-secondary education and a stable job.” At least, that’s the expectation I was taught while growing up. Now, I don’t believe my parents, teachers, and others had any bad intentions in teaching me this. They passed along what...

The power of the ‘but’

The power of the ‘but’

How many times do you confuse the universe with a ‘but’? I’m not talking about the but that follows you everywhere. I’m talking about all the ways you say you want something, then find a way to say why you won’t do it. For example, I’ve wanted to get my weight back...

A 90-second masterclass in how to destroy trust

A 90-second masterclass in how to destroy trust

By now, you’ve likely seen the video of Andi Owen, the CEO of MillerKnoll, ranting about her people’s concerns that they wouldn’t receive a bonus this year. If you haven’t seen the video, search on your favourite social media platform with her name and you’ll quickly...

The importance of bosses, managers and leaders

The importance of bosses, managers and leaders

What do you think of when you hear the word "boss?" Based on things I've read lately, it seems we've demonized the word boss. Usually, these posts include pictures of an overzealous white, middle-aged guy. While I'm sure there are plenty of bosses who fit this bill,...

TikTok is not the problem

TikTok is not the problem

Recently, I noticed posts describing how some companies are banning TikTok in the workplace. I was a little puzzled by the ban as it's one of many social media platforms employees likely use while at work. So, why TikTok? Then I read an article on Forbes this week,...

Your leadership in difficult times

Your leadership in difficult times

I showed up at a customer site one morning and swiped my security card to enter the building as I had done for more than a year. Beep! (There was a red light on the card reader) Hmm - perhaps I didn't swipe it right. So, I try again. Beep! (Again, with a red light on...

How do you invest in yourself?

How do you invest in yourself?

What is the first thing you think of when I ask, "How are you investing in yourself." Like many people, your mind might immediately think about *Time* and *money*. "When I have more time, I will …" "When I have more money, I will …" The thing is, many of us have a...

The impact of hope on outcomes

The impact of hope on outcomes

Hope. It's a four-letter word that can change everything. When someone has hope, they keep moving forward despite their challenges or adversity. What happens, though, when hope is absent? Consider the results when people don't believe there's any hope of success: What...

Building Great Teams

Building Great Teams

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