Conquer Leadership Challenges with Small Wins

Mark Schinkel

When was the last time you felt overwhelmed by a significant leadership challenge?  Some of my recent work has included supporting leaders who have found themselves in such a place. What I often tell them is there is no path to the end goal that doesn’t start with a small win. Can you relate to any of these scenarios? Boldly … Read More

The Powerful Pygmalion Effect in the Workplace

Wendy Loewen

Our beliefs about our colleagues can have very real consequences, regardless of whether they’re correct or not. Most people are aware of the idea of a self-fulling prophecy, where our expectations about our  behaviour influence us to take actions that make the expectation a reality. However, there are also other-imposed prophecies where another person’s expectations of us can influence our … Read More

Onboarding – Who, When, and How

Charmaine Wintermute

Congratulations! Your organization has hired a new employee. They’re excited to receive a job offer and contribute their skills and knowledge to your workplace’s success. You’re excited because you’ve identified and hired a strong candidate that can contribute to the success of the organization. Now what? According to a 2021 article by Gallup analytics, “One in five employees either report … Read More

Encouraging Dissenting Voices

Randy Grieser

Several years ago, I was doing a three-month check-in with a new employee. I had been working closely with him, and he had already shown great initiative and the ability to help us in a variety of new and unexpected ways. As a result, the feedback on his performance was glowing. He was therefore a little taken aback when I … Read More

How to Motivate Employees

Wendy Loewen

Recently, a frustrated business owner asked me how he could motivate his staff. He said he tried everything, but when he described his attempts at employee motivation, they were all extrinsic. He had tried carefully monitoring job completion and task time, ranking employees, and threatening his workers if they didn’t live up to his expectations. He even fired two employees … Read More

Find the Hidden Source of Conflict

Wendy Loewen

In my consulting work, I regularly help organizations with issues of conflict. In a recent workplace mediation, I saw firsthand how easy it is to misdiagnose the source of conflict. The situation was explained to me as an interpersonal dispute between two employees. One had criticized the other for an error in their work, and the conversation quickly became heated. … Read More

9 Tips for Leading with Integrity

Mark Schinkel

Photo of integrity, leading with integrity, leadership principles, workplace culture, organizational culture

Those who find themselves taking up the mantle of leadership would do well to Google “leader scandal” as a sobering reminder. It seems that hardly a day passes when there isn’t another story of a leader brought to their knees because of words, deeds, or deals dragged out from the shadows. These transgressions are then amplified, accelerated, and publicly shredded … Read More

Building Self-Managed Teams

Dan Doerksen

Ask most leaders and they’ll agree that organizations are supposed to have things like a clear chain of command, a single leader at the top, centralized controls, and managers overseeing the work at every level. You can’t expect to succeed by playing fast and loose with your hierarchy and tossing your policy manuals in the rubbish bin. Yet this is … Read More

In Sickness and in Health

Eric Stutzman

A friend of mine was recently fired because he had to take time off for a medical procedure. He originally thought he would be off for three days, but after the procedure the doctor advised him that he shouldn’t work for two weeks. This may sound extreme (and it is), but when he explained his situation to his boss, he … Read More

The Great Resignation and What to Do About It

Wendy Loewen

The year got off to a rocky start for many organizations. I’ve heard many clients express their struggle to keep skilled staff, and their fear that the rotating door of people coming and leaving is the new normal. We are hearing a lot about the “Great Resignation” – the phenomenon of people voluntarily resigning from their position, more flippantly called … Read More