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The School of the 3 L’s

Brian Tracey said, “Leadership is the ability to get extraordinary achievement from ordinary people.” I am on a life-long journey of leadership development, and one of the core purposes of my firm is to educate, motivate and collaborate with others to pass on this...

Trust the Process

Trust the Process Stepping onto the grounds of Royal Roads University at the outset of completing my Masters, one of the first few words that were uttered to me were, “trust the process”. Almost immediately, I was frightened and disliked those three words. What do you...

How To Manage Stress

So, you are tired, stressed, anxious, and may even feel hopeless. You want to make the stress in your life disappear, but you know that’s not possible or realistic. You know you can’t stop stress from entering into your life. The bills won’t stop coming in, there are...

How to Control Your Impulses

Impulse Control Acting impulsively and expressing your emotions without any filters can feel good at the moment, but like any overindulging behaviour, can also leave you feeling really bad about yourself once that moment has passed. You may feel some sort of relief...

How to Fail and Still Be Fabulous

In order to succeed, leaders need to be prepared to fail. But in our society, we are so scared to fail, that only a few courageous ones even try. In fact, if you ask the average person why they have not accomplished their goals yet, the fear of failure is the number...

Branding Makes a Difference

Over ten years ago, I was a high school teacher.  One of the courses I taught was entrepreneurship, where I educated grade 12 students how to run a business. Normally, these businesses raise about $1,000 in revenues for the school year.  Well, our student-run business...

Things Do Not Change; We Change

Back when I was a strategic consultant, my firm was hired to help companies tackle organizational issues.  Many consultants immediately listen to an organization’s challenges and feel it is their responsibility and role to come up with appropriate recommendations to...

How To Make A Change Stick

Few organizations have escaped the need to change, as new generations of workers have entered the market, new technologies have reshaped entire industries, changes in government regulations have impacted how a company can do business, and societies continue to evolve...

I Told You So, Sincerely Your Intuition

Our intuition is the first thing to kick in when we are faced with a decision, and of course we all know the golden rule “if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.” But of course, we are more likely to ignore that feeling and continue on only to realize a...

Public Scrutiny & Being a Leader

When you are a leader, anyone who has an interest in what you are doing will closely scrutinize your every move – your formal decisions, informal behaviors and symbolic acts.  When leading a company, everything you say or do (or don’t say or don’t do) will send...

What is Your Passion?

In celebration of my 10-year business anniversary, I have finally started to put my labour where my love is, aligning my passions with my work. Emotional intelligence changed my life for the better, so a few years ago I thought others might also benefit from this kind...

Be Your Own Brand

What do people think of, when they think of you? Do you know what they think of you? Or… an even bigger question… Do you like what they think of you? No matter who you are, or what you do for a living, being your own personal brand is very important. People quite...

Target Missed the Mark

In the 1989 movie, Field of Dreams, Iowa farmer, baseball enthusiast, Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) is inspired by a voice in his head he can’t ignore – to build a baseball diamond in his cornfield. “If you build it, he will come.” Almost 25 years later, when the...

New Years Resolutions: All Talk, No Action

“I am going to lose 20 pounds.” “I plan on going to the gym three times a week.” “I am going to put my time and energy into meeting someone special this year – to put work on the back burner, and focus on my love life.” These are all examples of New Year’s resolutions...

Shift Happens

Shift Happens When I first enrolled in Royal Roads’ Masters of Arts in Leadership program, I felt frustrated because my employer required that I obtain a Master’s degree and was not acknowledging my four undergraduate degrees as sufficient educational achievements to...