It started with a sip: inspiration to execution

Inspiration. It's the spark that ignites every great idea, creation, and business. However, much like a spark on its own won't start a fire, inspiration alone isn't sufficient to successfully execute the concept. There are lots of amazing interviews, posts, and articles talking to entrepreneurs about how they took an inspiration and created a business... Continue Reading →

3 Steps to Easily Overcome Objections

Most people receiving objections to a request consider it a conversation ender. Some become defensive, others become angry, and others will simply move on. However, successful individuals have a different perspective: they see this as a conversation starter. Objections are bound to happen, whether it’s in sales negotiations or discussing marketing options. Regardless of your... Continue Reading →

Build Trust Within Your Team

Traditionally, there were a few leaders who held all the power, while followers executed the strategy created from the top. Flattening organizational structures have resulted in fewer boundaries between leaders and followers, and as a result, “leaders can no longer trust in power; instead, they rely on the power of trust” (Forbes). Additionally, to be... Continue Reading →

3 Steps for Assertive Communication

Assertiveness. The ability to express yourself in an appropriately honest manner, defining your expectations in terms of ability, potential, resources, and timelines to set healthy personal boundaries. Being assertive is a quality held by all top leaders. It promotes productivity, performance, commitment, and respect within the team. It creates a culture of collaboration and accountability,... Continue Reading →

3 Leadership Lessons From the Ottawa Shooting

On Wednesday October 22, the unthinkable happened as a gunman opened fire on Parliament Hill, the home of Canadian government. While the men and women protecting the institution did their job perfectly, unfortunately a life was lost. My thoughts and condolences go to Cpl. Cirillo and, from Montreal, Warrant Officer Vincent's families. In reflecting on... Continue Reading →

3 Tips for Performance Coaching

The business world is changing. Team members are not looking for bosses, but leaders. This holds particularly true for Millennials, who want to be coached in the workplace. With the right guidance, they will preform beyond expectations. The challenge is that many leaders are not equipped with the tools to effectively coach their teams and team members... Continue Reading →

Reflections on generations: Are we really different?

"Gen-Y are entitled and expect everything to be done for them. They don't understand what it means to do a hard day's work." "Boomers are too traditional and don't know how to use technology." "Nobody talks about us! Don't forget Gen-X!" These are generalizations of what you can find when you read about the generations... Continue Reading →

Leadership Advice: Unplug, turn down the noise, and relax in 4 steps

I was recently on vacation in San Francisco and, for the first time in years, I didn't check my work email. In fact, I barely used technology at all. As a result, I was far more involved and appreciated the trip more than I would have if I was checking Facebook every ten seconds or... Continue Reading →

Leadership Advice: Sleep

Sleep. As our lives become busier and time more valuable, many of us forfeit sleep in favour of watching one more episode of our favourite show or completing another blog post. The 8-hour workday, a concept started during the Industrial Revolution, is no longer the norm with the average American working 8.8 hours (stats from... Continue Reading →

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