Business Innovation & the Right People

I continue to scratch my head on this one. The internet is rife with books, studies and opinion pieces as to why innovators and creative thinkers are central to business success. One need look no further than the landslide of commentary about Steve Jobs. Visionary, risk taker, game changer, etc. So why is it then…

Indecisive Leaders are Harsh

Have you ever been frustrated waiting for a decision from your boss?  Once in a while, it’s OK right?  Everyone gets annoyingly behind now and then.  It’s pretty much impossible to stay on top of everything all the time.  We all know that.  But when your boss’s indecisiveness is a pattern, it’s a completely different…

Two Good Friends: Risk & Failure

I find it fitting that I am writing this from a tiny cafe deep in the labyrinth of Hong Kong’s SoHo District. I arrived a few days ago as part of my recent push to expand my business into China.  Ironically, it just dawned on me that I am doing exactly that which I am writing about – taking a risk and consciously tempting failure.  It also struck me how these two former enemies of mine have become such good companions over the years.  Like many leaders and entrepreneurs, I have learned that risk and failure are the progenitors of success.

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10 Reasons Why Happiness at Work is The Best Productivity Booster

While it may still seem like fluff to some, increasing mounds of research attest to the power of happiness in the workplace. More and more, companies are catching on and realizing the many benefits both to them and their employees. Clearly, we are seeing that what is good for the individual is also good for the company.

The Worry Epidemic Saps Profits

It didn’t surprise me several years back when the latest edition of Maclean’s, a current affairs magazine from Canada, landed on my doorstep with the headliner, “The New Worry Epidemic”.  It seemed the pressure to perform was hitting everyone, including our children.  Unfortunately, little has changed for the good. Within the corporate realm, there is…

Time to Play: 7 Reasons Why You Need To Answer the Call

Having spent a sun soaked Canada Day long weekend boating off a nearby coastal island we came back to Vancouver to a neighborhood street party. Folks of all ages, many new to the ‘hood, had gathered, and the BBQ was pumping out all sorts of deliciousness. Within moments all the kids were off rollicking and…

Work-life Balance & Stress: The Leader’s Role

Despite all the warnings, across North America it appears our jobs are continuing to get the better of us. Rising levels of stress and off-kilter work life balance is exacting a pretty harsh toll. Despite billions lost to absenteeism, turnover, disability, insurance costs, workplace accidents, violence, workers compensation, lawsuits and the costs related to replacing…