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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...

Being Candid Ain’t Easy….But is it Ever Essential

Being Candid Ain’t Easy….But is it Ever Essential

“All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor.” – Walt Whitman I have recently encountered several situations in my consulting work which have reminded me of the vital importance of candor, whether it be in life, love or on the job. Given candor’s...

Is Ambition A Dirty Word?

Is Ambition A Dirty Word?

As the author of numerous reports regarding the psychological and behavioural characteristics of those being considered for advancement, recruitment or on-going development, I’ve considered, from time-to-time, whether ambition is a positive or negative trait. In the...

Executive Blindspots

Executive Blindspots

Let me start by saying that having emotional and behavioural blindspots are not the monopoly of executives. That said, the impact of senior most executives exhibiting blindspots on an organization can be pervasive and destructive not only to the individual manifesting...

Retirement is not for the Faint of Heart

Retirement is not for the Faint of Heart

A retired gentleman was telling his friend about a new restaurant he and his wife recently visited. “The food and service were great!” he said. His friend asked, “What’s the name of the place?” “Gee, I don’t remember,” he said, “What do you call the long stemmed...

Coaching CEOs (and other members of the C-Suite)

Coaching CEOs (and other members of the C-Suite)

“Even the best-of-the-best CEOs have their blind spots and can dramatically improve their performance with an outside perspective weighing in,” says the Miles Group CEO Stephen Miles. “We are moving away from coaching being perceived as ‘remedial’ to where it should...

Mastering the Fear of Failure: And Other Disruptive Emotions

Mastering the Fear of Failure: And Other Disruptive Emotions

A colleague of mine recently advised me to begin sharing my 44 years of observations and insights derived from working with people, first as a Clinical Psychologist and then as an Industrial/Organization Psychologist (the past 36 years) as my way of “giving back”. I...

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