All posts filed under: Leadership

Change = Opportunity

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” – Leon Megginson A quote often attributed to Charles Darwin. Upon further reading, it seems like a business professor Leon Megginson at Louisiana State University delivered this in a speech in 1963.  Who knew?   My experience in 20+ years in the workforce this is true. Those most willing to mold and adapt as change comes upon them and see opportunity rather than obstacles and anxiety will accelerate their own growth and career. Colin

Are you “Trust”-Worthy?

We had a leader visit us many years ago in our Toronto office and he made the observation that Canadians use the colloquial words “truly, honestly and quite honestly” often! “If what you say is true or you are honest, you don’t need to say the words! When you say “truly” it makes me think, you are not being truthful on a regular basis!” Once it was pointed out, I started noticing it everywhere…and made sure I took it out of my vocabulary. Trust is the foundation of everything we do. The language you use is critical to expressing how you feel. Colin

Do you know where you are going?

I’ve talked to a few people lately who have been struggling with their goals for 2018. Whether it’s simmering in the afterglow of a job well done or struggling to set the bar as high as you set it in 2017, there is only one way to go. Enter, walk through the door to the new year, dig in and get started.   What does success look like for you in 2018?   Colin 

Three Reasons Why You Should Be A Caretaker of Others Careers

I remember many years ago talking to an employee who left our company. He hadn’t had a great experience with a previous manager. It just so happened in the new company he had gone to, which he was really enjoying, they were expanding, adding a new team and looking for a new manager. He was thriving in this new company and role and had found a great fit. His VP came over to talk to him about the manager vacancy to get his opinion. He had an application for the job from someone he was connected to on linked in. You guessed it, his old boss! He was professional about his thoughts on his attributes but had to let him know it was one of the reasons he had left his previous role. That was enough for the VP, not interested. As many senior leaders and mentors have shared with me, career progression is messy and you never know when people earlier in your career or junior to you will have an impact on your …

Finding Joy and Meaning in Everything You Do

Image by Getty Images After watching Roger Federer win his 20th Grand Slam title in Australia at the age of 36 this past weekend you have to wonder what keeps him going!? Perhaps his ability to find joy and meaning in almost every aspect of his job. “I enjoy practice,” Federer said, when asked how he maintains his motivation at this stage of his career. “Not minding the travel. Having a great team around me, they make it possible. At the end it’s seeing that my parents are incredibly proud and happy that I’m still doing it. They enjoy coming to tournaments. That makes me happy and play better.” At the end of the day, Federer is just a guy who loves his job, and happens to be better at it than just about anybody is at anything. When you can find the joy in every aspect of your job, you will never work a day in your life. Colin

3 Reasons To Go Slow

“I’d rather you go really slow and do it right than do more and less quality.” – James The advice of my trainer this morning as I worked on new compound kettlebell movements.  We have been working on mobility work in the hip joints to warm up and strength movements through the rest of the workout. He puts some great how-to videos together here on Instagram. We created an intention for each set and type of exercise.  Three exercises by 5 reps, 6 reps, 7 sets 8 reps. Slow – Kettlebell down to the floor for deadlifts  Explosive – Kettlebell up with two hands on mini clean and jerk raises  Deep – Down to the ground on Goblet Squats  “I’d rather you start with fewer reps, really get the form nailed, then move up in complexity and weight.”  Sage advice for the gym, yoga, spinning, running, hobby and for each part of what makes up your professional role. In selling this applies directly to the discovery motion when talking to a customer.  What is that motion you need …

The Power of the Introvert

In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world and should be encouraged and celebrated. The Power of the Introvert For those of you who manage people or at a minimum collaborate, work and support peers who are introverts, this is a great TED Talk to watch and learn about how you can leverage the power of their creativity and the quiet revolution! Colin

A Picture That Defines You

In 2011, With less than 30 seconds to go in the AFC title football game and the Baltimore Ravens down by three, quarterback Joe Flacco threw a back-shoulder pass to the right corner of the end zone. The pass was incomplete, knocked out of his receiver’s hands by a Patriots cornerback. In the blur of real-time action, CBS’ Jim Nantz shouted that “it was Sterling Moore who took it away from Torrey Smith.” A moment later, Nantz corrected himself: The guy who lost the ball was Lee Evans.   Seven years after that play, last weekend, Marcus Williams of the New Orleans Saints, made a blunder, missing what should have been an easy, game-winning tackle, and instead turned into a touchdown for Minnesota and the end of the playoff road for Marcus and the Saints.   Lee Evans after his blunder decided to take ownership and stare his mistake directly in the face. He captured this photo and framed it in his house. To never forget the pain of that moment and have a micro focus …

What do you do, when no one else is watching?

Digging back into the archives – I wrote this in 2009. Many people can get by in life by taking the easy route, winging or faking there way through life situations.  How much energy or effort does it take to go the easy route?.  In most cases, I would say 80%.  It takes a lot of ingenuity, creativity to mask the holes in your story.  These are good characteristics when used in the proper setting.  So why not just do the actual work?  How does it make you feel knowing you haven’t done what was asked?  How does it affect your confidence?  I find for me, I get a little nervous, I think about it all day long, I have stories in my head wondering how my boss, colleague or friend is going to react.  These “realities” are usually far worse than the actual reaction…and that is usually just disappointment. What you do when no when else is watching, is the true mark of your character.  What you probably don’t realize is that what you …