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Can You Lead a Diverse Workforce?

Yup. It’s happening. A white (middle-aged) dude from rural Canada is going to saddle up and champion a conversation on diversity. Actually, a topic like this coming from someone with my profile may not be a bad thing. More people who are not visible minorities need to take up the cause – and not just … Continue reading

Agile Leadership Demands this Instinctive Mindset

One of my career goals is to build a lean and agile organization…from the ground up. There is a certain appeal to the prospect of moving faster than your competitors and adapting seamlessly to the changing marketplace and the customers in it. I also see agility as not only a fiscally responsible endeavor, but a … Continue reading

The Org Chart of the Future

As I look all around me I can’t help but be amazed by the explosive rate of innovation we are living through. The breakthrough inventions in technology, explosive growth in startup communities and even the societal changes in how we socialize, date and parent are hard to keep up with. Even when we think we … Continue reading

The First 3 Things I Want to Know About a Founder

Entrepreneurs are just the best. Most are some combination of industrious, visionary, compelling, well-intended and heck just fun to talk to. It has been a rare occurrence for me to connect with one even through random networking where it has been a regrettable experience. I tend to like almost everyone I encounter while I routinely … Continue reading

This Looming Societal Shift Will Change how we Work, Live

Must give a shout out to a poster on Medium for unlocking a post I have been sitting on for maybe a few months now. Didn’t like the flow so I put it aside for another day. Then today, this guy publishes a thoughtful post about sleep deprivation, and why is this such a badge … Continue reading

This 3-letter Word Makes Good Advice GREAT

….and I’m being generous when I use the term ‘good’, which for the sake if this post is meant to signify advice given with good intent but has turned out to be not entirely useful. Trying to maintain a constructive (versus critical) vibe. We’ve all been there, both personally and professionally. We get both solicited … Continue reading

5 Truths About Business Relationships for Networking Platforms

As I have been recently cruising through the startup space of social and business networking, I, like anyone, will pause to examine LinkedIn – the business model, the challenges, the opportunities. It’s a great case study. LinkedIn was one of the first of its kind and definitely the first in its category to achieve the … Continue reading

What Millennials can Teach us Gen Xers

When people ask me what I’m working towards in this next phase of my career, I point to three important objectives on my near horizon: I want to keep turning smaller things into bigger things; I want to build or influence the most innovative work culture on the planet; I want to bridge gaps. This … Continue reading

The 5 Pillars of Job Satisfaction

Join me today in an expedition through the world of (corporate) cultural anthropology. Sure, the title is all about job satisfaction but the end game is much like what we’re all trying to do – create the right and best corporate culture. To do this, most will go straight to listing and celebrating what they … Continue reading

When You’re told to Prioritize…

You probably wince…even a little, am I right? ‘Prioritize’ is one of those words that can be delivered in the sweetest of voices, yet can make us even a tiny bit crazy(er) when we hear it. In the worst moments of receiving this coaching we feel a little empty; we have been given some sort … Continue reading