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By Phil Dourado Oct 7 2014

Oh no! That 8-step change framework is back again

I see from the Harvard site that John Kotter's old 8 step 'framework for big change' is trending again. I do love retired Prof Kotter. But, I simply don't understand why this framework keeps re-emerging, as it's so old-fashioned and doesn't fit what organizational change is really about or how it...
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By Anthony Eaton Oct 7 2014


I have spent almost my entire career in Human Resources and have seen many leaders struggle with their role as coach. This struggle is largely do to the fact that they themselves had never had never had a successful coach or coaching and no one ever taught them how to be one. To be successful at coa...
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By Jim Taggart Oct 6 2014

10 Valuable Lessons for Aspiring Leaders

The motivation for this post stems from my own leadership journey over the past 25-plus years, during which time I moved in and out of formal management positions, worked as a project manager, thought leader, and economist. After concluding a three decade career with the Canada’s public service in 2...
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By Barry Dore Oct 3 2014

Lead Like Mary

Over a career spanning almost 40 years, spent in the voluntary and private sectors and latterly running my own business focused on leadership, I have had the opportunity to observe and experience leaders of every shape, size and type.  I have seen good leaders, mediocre ones, poor leaders and s...
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By Phil Dourado Oct 2 2014

Richard Branson: "Our employees can work whenever they want, from wherever they want"

What would your organization be like if you completely trusted everybody? What would you have to do to get to that point?These questions come from a book I posted about at the end of 2011, 'Relax! A Happy Business Story'. With happy employees comes loyalty and creativity, and of course, infectiou...
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By Gordon Tredgold Oct 2 2014

What Does It Take To Become an Inspiring Leader?

If there is one question which I get asked more than any other, even more than are leaders born or made, it’s what does it take to become an Inspiring Leader?. I have a strong belief that Inspiring Leadership can move mountains and can help us make significant improvements in performance and results...
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By Jim Taggart Sep 28 2014

Revisiting Teamwork Fads

“What goes around, comes around.” This well-known expression is intended typically in a negative context. In this post I’m adapting it to fit within the organizational bureaucracy, specifically on the topic of teams and teamwork. I’ve written plenty on teams in the past (see links at the end of this...
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By Inspector Gadget Sep 24 2014

The 2 Types of Progress

"The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won’t create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren’t learning from them."That quote comes from Peter Thiel's 'Zero to One', whic...
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By Ryan Jenkins Sep 24 2014

3 Ways To Strengthen Your Bench Of Next Generation Leaders

The value of a life is always measured by how much of it is given away. At the end of one’s life, we celebrate the selflessness not the title, status, or accumulation. Selflessness is what makes our lives truly bigger than ourselves. If your leadership is all about you, it ends when you come to an e...
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By Jim Taggart Sep 21 2014

Under-Promise, Over-Deliver: Amazon’s Dropped Ball

I have an admitted obsession with customer service. It all started in 1978 when, as a new college grad with a B.A. in economics, I worked in consumer lending. Half of my job involved building loan and mortgage business; the other half required me to hit the road in the company car to collect delinqu...