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Leadership Lessons at 25,000 Feet

Sometimes it takes a crisis of some sort to teach us a lesson. This week, my friend Mark Gross had a small crisis in his business while he was flying from Montreal to Toronto to lead an event. He wrote a blog about it HERE, and this is my slightly abbreviated version and some leadership lessons (with excerpts from Mark’s full story). Mark …

5 Workplace Culture Wows from My G Adventures Tour

I recently went on my first G Adventures tour in Northern Thailand. G Adventures’ business is sustainable travel – they use local vendors, transport and more to create authentic travel experiences for people, and ultimately to change peoples’ lives. I could talk for days about my brief trekking experience with them, but to give you …

Lack of Trust = Bodily Functions in Customer Experience

Organizational Trust is critical to high performance and success. On the other hand, if employees are treated unfairly as thieves and criminals, they will understandably become disgruntled, and have an impact on overall company success. The Bodily Function Story! Last week, I walked into a large department store. I had a large bag with me, a purse, …

How Method is Building a Weird and Awesome Culture

My post today is on LinkedIn, and you can read it HERE. I attended The Art of Entrepreneurship recently and totally fell in love with Method. I am sharing my favourite lessons from Eric Ryan, Co-Founder of Method. Check out my thoughts about Method and their weird culture: Monday Huddles Homework for New Hire Candidates Everybody is the Receptionist …

DON’T Put Down Your Phone – Twitter Connects!

I just watched a beautiful video by Rapper/Poet/Artist Prince Ea. It was published on YouTube Sept 29th, 2014. Through his words during the video, the Artist tells the audience to put down their phones. A few of the lyrics include, “Do I not have the patience to have conversations without abbreviation? This is the generation of media over stimulation. …

My eHarmony Story

You’ve heard the online dating success stories: “my friend Sam met her husband on eHarmony”, or “I was just at an eHarmony wedding”. As a single person in the 21st century, I had to give eHarmony a try. So why write about it on my business blog?  Because my eHarmony story is actually about a lack of digital fluency, extremely poor customer …

Never Give an Apology as a Leader?

SHOULD YOU NEVER SAY YOU’RE SORRY? If we can agree that people are innately not perfect creatures, then we can also agree that leaders will make mistakes at certain points in their career. Some will be small, some will big, and some mistakes will be downright disastrous. It seems common sense that people like apologies. But, how do we REALLY feel …

How to create a disengaged employee in 4 easy steps…

1. Don’t include your employees in the big-picture purpose of their role. This means that when your employees are working, they are completing their tasks – without thinking of the bigger reason why they are completing their tasks. Unfortunately, they won’t feel connected to the company, and they won’t be strategically aligned with overall company …