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June 26, 2017

On a recent tour of an expansive multi layered workplace the senior manager acting as my guide spoke of her initiation to social hierarchies when she had first arrived with the company decades ago. The topic occurred to her when we arrived at the employee cafeteria and as an intern she had mistakenly taken a seat with seasoned employees who immediately bristled at her arrival. She was later informed the table for interns was at the back and it was inappropriate for her to sit with full timers....

June 19, 2017

Summer reading season is upon us. I have book recommendations that promise to turn you into a freak, another to apply the science behind reaching your peak at whatever you try and a new release to inspire you to be an ingenious Canadian. There are also books about a friendship that changed the way we think, one to make you more influential and the evidence based tools of how to do your very best under pressure.

Podcasting is the theme that runs through many of the books on this summer’s list. No...

June 12, 2017

During a baseball world series, the broadcasters extolled the virtues of a 31 year old rookie. He had toiled away in the minor leagues and other professional pursuits to finally break through at least 10 years later than the norm at an age where athletes often retire. Late bloomers are evident in every professional pursuit and they often defy “acting your age”. 

That sports reference coincided with a call from a friend we’ll call Lester, who, after a long run in corporate Canada and well in...

June 5, 2017

It seems like a no brainer, a “duh” type of insight…collaboration is a good thing and we need more of it in workplaces and beyond. Yet I see glaring examples everyday of how in spite of employer’s stated intentions, their actions don’t follow. Collaboration is most daunting when working with those whose interests may not align with ours. Collaborating with an office teammate with whom we share common goals is easier than collaborating with those we are at odds with or whose self-interest trumps...

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