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How we can do our Part to Remove the Stigma

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These past couple weeks have been some of the most difficult of my life, in fact as I write this article all the emotions I’ve felt are flooding back. Over the Canada Day long-weekend we lost a dear friend who committed suicide.  Like many suicides, as I now know through research, it seemed to have happened out of the blue.  Just the weekend prior, we were all together as friends planning ...

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Do the Work You Love to Do

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After almost 20 years of slugging away in my career I finally decided to stop just taking jobs for the sake of taking jobs and, instead, find something that I could honestly say I was passionate about. As I tell my friends today, I now get to do what I love which is to help people fulfill their goals and aspirations. If I told you that, according to a Deloitte study, 80% of people don’t ...

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8 Steps to Becoming More Likeable

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I’ve recently been introduced to the book Give and Take by Adam Grant – www.adamgrant.net. In it he talks about the three types of people that exist in our organizations: Givers, Takers and Matchers.  I’m going to take a moment to define the three people and then I’ll get to the point. Givers – the people in your organization who enter every interaction trying to ...

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Today is the the 7th annual “Bell Let’s Talk ” day

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Today is the the 7th annual “Bell Let’s Talk ” day, so I thought it prudent to talk about a topic that we should all care about – Mental Health. As Business Leaders and/or Owners, if you ever wondered whether you should be concerned with this topic, the research I conducted to prepare for this article certainly suggests YES. Mental Health, largely consisting of Stress and ...

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Why Your Resolutions Will Never Happen

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… Unless You Do Something Different! Let me guess, you made some resolutions, even if only in your head, about what you’re going to do differently this year, and 2017 is the year of change for you.  For those of you who made a resolution to show up differently at work, have a better attitude, be more assertive, be more confident, and just generally be more effective at work, ...

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If you think you have a Millennial problem… you probably have a Culture Problem

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I’m no different than everyone else who’s out there trying to figure out who “Millennials” are and how we engage them. The difference is, I’m also still trying to figure out who Boomers are, who X’ers are, and who the next generation will be instead of suggesting that Millennials are a “challenge” that my company needs to address. Employee ...

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Gordie Howe – A Leader with a Human Touch

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Last week we lost one of the greatest hockey players ever to play the game. Interestingly enough, as I listened to my sports radio station to/from work, and as I watched his celebration of life on television, very little time was spent on how great a hockey player he was and the majority of the time was spent talking about who Gordie Howe was as a person. Let’s put that into perspective. ...

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The Hidden Key to Leading Change

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Heraclitus of Ephesus, a Greek philosopher (535BC – 474BC) stated, “Change is a constant!” Charles Kettering an inventor, engineer and businessman (1876 – 1958) stated, “The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” Change management was considered a recognized discipline since 1960’s and with it came tools, training and ...

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Change Management Series – Part II: 7 Ways Senior Leaders Can Lead Successful Change

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A couple weeks ago we started a series on Change Management and gave you an overview of the change model. Over the next several Accelerated Talent Development (ATD) articles, we’ll start to dive into and view change from the different lenses, starting with Senior Leadership. So why does this matter to you as a business owner or Senior Leader? Here’s why: Several studies suggest that ...

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Change Management Series – Part I: Your Practical Guide to Change Management

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I’ve recently been reaching out to readers of the Accelerated Talent Development blog to thank them, and to ask what challenges they have in their business and what other topics I could write on that would support them. One of the things I’ve consistently heard is the need for a practical guide to Change Management. Well, here we go – the next several issues of the Accelerated ...

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The Secret to Your Organization’s Future Success

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The reality of today’s working environment is that organizations want and need the following: they want/need to innovate to stay relevant within the market, they want business growth, they want to create a culture of engagement, and they want to differentiate themselves in the marketplace as compared to competitors. To achieve the results described above organizations need all employees to take ...

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Innovation… not just thinking outside the box, but nurturing what’s inside the box

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In this day and age, we find more and more companies believing that innovation is the heart to their success, a means of growing bigger and better. While some companies try to be more innovative, they just don’t seem to be living up to this vision…why is that? Perhaps it has something to do with their innovative climate? If you think about innovation, in some instances innovation does ...

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