Don’t give advice – tell a story instead

The story of giving advice I’ve written before about the pitfalls of giving advice. There are times, though, in which a situation warrants giving advice. So how do you do it without causing a problem? Controlling advice In a past life, I was managing a large program....

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Goodbye certifications!

December 31, 2018 will mark the end of a significant part of my life. I will no longer be able to put the letters PMP behind my name. I also won’t be able to put PgMP, and PMI-ACP behind my name as well. (If you don’t know what those letters mean, look to the footer...

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What’s your reason?

I often hear people refer to the high performer in an organization as being motivated. I also hear the opposite in which the person who’s most laid-back as unmotivated. Does labelling people in this way mean the highly motivated person is good, and the unmotivated...

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Redefining what is easier

Have you ever sat quietly and listened to the world around you? I love sitting in nature and just enjoying the world around me. The sound of birds. The wind whistling through the tree tops. Perhaps the sound of a cricket chirping away in some unseen corner. Then,...

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The journey is easier without evaluation

I am writing this while sitting on the seventh and final airplane in 1.5 weeks! If you’re curious I’ve gone from Toronto to Germany to Toronto to Florida and now I'm on my way home. Phew! I’m ready to be home again in a few hours. My intention for this trip If you do...

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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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