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Peter Diamandis on Innovation

Peter Diamandis on Innovation

In a recent presentation Peter Diamandis spoke about exponential technological innovation…and the disruption and innovation ahead of us in most industry sectors…not just the obvious ones. It is imperative that leaders stay informed in order to consider how their companies can remain agile and relevant

What Makes for a High Performing Team at Google?

What Makes for a High Performing Team at Google?

PKA is frequently called upon to work with executive/leadership teams in order to structure the organization for the future, install succession programs, enhance or refresh corporate strategy, design and implement change programs, improve organization performance and the like. Inevitably, we are asked the question, “what differentiates higher from lower performing executive teams?”

How to Transition your Business to the Next Generation

How to Transition your Business to the Next Generation

It’s been said that the next decade will be the biggest transfer of wealth from one generation to the next, upwards of 1 trillion dollars. The question remains, is the next generation ready? While every situation is different, almost every business will come across...

8 Tips to Help You Increase Your Team’s Performance

8 Tips to Help You Increase Your Team’s Performance

On the topic of being a remarkable team player, Henry Ford once said “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” Teamwork has many variables that play into an organization’s success. Recently, I joined Marta Alfonso, the host of The Well-Heeled Professional on Voice America to discuss the various talents required to be a remarkable team player.

After the interview, I was inspired to share 8 important qualities to incorporate into a positive team working experience

Leadership in the Next Decade

Leadership in the Next Decade

Transitioning of a business is complex and almost always takes more time than anticipated. Successful transition is not linear; dips, setbacks and anxious moments are to be expected.

Growing Leaders

Growing Leaders

Public sector leadership is not light duty. While focused on the multiple complex issues, one can lose sight of the need to build the next generation of leaders. The demand for leaders is racing ahead of the supply. Who will lead the public service in the future? What skills do they need? What are we doing today to ensure they are ready to lead when the time comes?

Foreword: Ten Tough Jobs

Foreword: Ten Tough Jobs

Let’s imagine that after years of disciplined study, hard work, learning from mistakes and persevering, you’ve done it – you’ve landed your dream job. The timing is perfect. There’s intense interest just now in your department’s work. Politicians and the public will...

Leadership Tenure: The Argument for Term Limits

Leadership Tenure: The Argument for Term Limits

A short time ago, a leadership change in a particular function was announced at a large professional services firm (not the Managing Partner) with which I’m familiar. A Senior Manager at that firm asked me whether changing a leader with 7 years tenure was good or bad....

The Real Causes of Work Burnout

The Real Causes of Work Burnout

The primary cause of work-related burnout is overload. And don’t fool yourself; you’re not “staying ahead of the game” by answering e-mails and text messages at all hours of the night, while multi-tasking in the washroom on your iPhone or BB or at your child’s hockey...

Intelligent Emotions in Life, Love and on the Job

Intelligent Emotions in Life, Love and on the Job

Most of my thought pieces to date have focused on organizational and workplace related issues. A number of these have drawn positive feedback and I’ve been encouraged to continue sharing my thoughts, observations and expertise. Interestingly, my most recent piece on...

Leading a Legacy, Not Leaving a Legacy

Leading a Legacy, Not Leaving a Legacy

The other day I found myself listening to a tribute to Raylene Rankin, one of the Rankin Family members, who passed away recently in her early 50’s. I was particularly moved by her song “We Rise Again” which in light of her pending death immediately drove home...

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