Doug never colored within the lines as a child and believes in the healing power of dark chocolate. Despite being allergic to neck ties, he’s passionate about business. A Certified Executive Coach with global experience, he teaches leading edge approaches that help organizations create cultures that drive engagement, productivity and innovation, giving leaders and teams the skills and experience to contribute to the business in high impact ways.

Tackling Workplace Depression

Depression is widespread across North American workplaces and occurs at an alarming rate. It can affect men and women at any age, economic or social status. In both Canada and the US, depression tops the list of health-related productivity costs at work. While many employers understand the huge financial and human costs of depression, the big…

7 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Level of Engagement

Have you ever wondered who is responsible for employee engagement?  The reality is, everyone is responsible for employee engagement, including you.  Leaders do their part by ensuring they themselves are engaged and for creating a culture that promotes engagement.  HR is responsible for partnering with leaders to help them understand and support their employees’ development…

New Boss: 5 Ways to De-motivate a Successful Team of High Performers

It can be overly tempting for some recently hired leaders to want to put their stamp on the department or division that they’ve just been hired to run.  This is particularly understandable when the business or unit has been underperforming. But with an all too common regularity I’ve observed new leaders enter successful situations and…

Dis – Loyalty and Your Talent Pool

You’ve worked hard for your employer. You’ve been passionate about your job and have made many contributions. You’ve been recognized as a star player and are well thought of by everyone, team mates, bosses and customers alike. Yet, you’ve just been kicked to the curb by the new incoming boss. If you think this scenario…

How Web Surfing Can Increase Productivity. Really.

From the file of WTH comes an interesting tidbit of research regarding surfing the web while on the job. Like many productivity minded bosses, you might think that such practices should be banned, similar to those ‘spandex’ days at work. In fact, while seeing your staff surfing the web might not make you happy, it…

6 Things You Need to Know About Behavior Change

Underlying most personal or leadership development efforts is the need to change some aspect of the way you do things. Whether it be learning to engage your team more effectively or improving how you handle difficult situations, some form of doing things differently on your part is par for the course. If you’re like many who venture down this road of self-awareness and growth, you may well underestimate just how difficult behavior change can be…and that can set you up for failure.