The value of intentionally wasting time (at work, and at home)

Over the weekend, I had one of those moments that, days later, continues to make me smile. I was given a piece of life wisdom straight out of the mouth of my 8 year old. It was my spouse’s birthday on the weekend. For her birthday she received a small pack of bath salts from…

What I learned from Adam Cohen about leadership excellence and organisational success

At the Ottawa Folk Festival last weekend, I learned an unexpected lesson in organisational success from Adam Cohen. It took me a few days to analyze what I had observed. I couldn’t determine if it was the wonderful musical experience, the fantastic music, Adam Cohen’s skill as performer or the exuberance of being out for…

Shift your thinking: Engage employees as internal stakeholders

What’s a stakeholder, anyway? A client recently told me he disliked the word “stakeholder.” Every time it came up, he pictured himself standing beside a barbeque grill, fork in hand, a juicy “steak” dangling from it. The word clearly suffers from ambiguity. However, at its root, this vision of a stakeholder isn’t far from the…