Tag: organizational change

Always Stand Up for Your Real Team

Always Stand Up for Your Real Team

As a leader, you have to always stand for your team, right? Wrong. Rather, first, you need to make sure you realize which team is “your team.” That may sound counterintuitive but that’s life. Being a manager (team lead, manager, director, etc.), you are in charge of a unit consisting of several individuals. If you […]

Analyzing the Purpose of Starbucks Training

Analyzing the Purpose of Starbucks Training Starbucks training and values

Dan Pontefract gave a good rundown of the recent continent-wide racial-bias training that Starbucks developed and delivered in record time. Starbucks reacted in an exemplary manner, but has the training achieved the goal? Unless we tacitly agree that the actual goal of Starbucks was to stomp out the public-relations wildfire, their expensive exercise has not […]

Canada Cost Post-Saving Math

Canada Cost Post-Saving Math Freising, Munich area, Germany

(On the photo, a post(wo)man delivering mail to the residents of Freising, Munich area) Door-to-door mail delivery to urban customers has been phased out in Canada in the last five years. This was a major cost-saving initiative of Canada Post. As a performance improvement specialist, I doubt its value for Canadians.  Without a doubt, there is […]

What did I do to James?

What did I do to James?

I have not yet met a single manager who would not complain about ‘boring’, ‘endless’ and ‘useless’ meetings they have to host or attend on a daily basis. And yet most of them are literally just a few words away from making their meeting a really effective communication and teambuilding tool. I once worked with […]

Canoeing with Mintzberg

Canoeing with Mintzberg Canoeing with Mintzberg

The CoachingOurselves Reflections 2017 – Rebalancing Society conference was an outstanding 3-day event filled with ideas, presentations and passion shared with us by the brightest minds: Henry Mintzberg, Philip Kotler, Dan Ponterfract, Ed Schein, Jonathan Gosling, Mitch Joel and many other prominent thinkers, businesspeople and coaches. This true feast of sustainable leadership was concluded with a savory dessert – The Great Canadian Canoe Trip, […]

Reflections 2017 Global Conference

Reflections 2017 Global Conference Reflections

To learn more about the critical role Leadership Development professionals play in society, come to the Rebalancing Society Event, hosted by Henry Mintzberg, Philip Kotler, Mitch Joel and many others. ““Leadership, like swimming cannot be learned by reading about it.” Henry Mintzberg. Register to see Henry and other thought leaders at Reflections 2017 Global Conference!

What Makes Life Worthwhile? Good People Made Better

What Makes Life Worthwhile? Good People Made Better What Makes Life Worthwhile

Once in a while you get news that makes your life worthwhile. Last week a colleague sent me a text with the phone number of a former client: “He wants to speak with you.” I called the new mobile number right away and learned that Vlad has been promoted to the top position at an […]

Coaching Ourselves May Be the Way Forward

Coaching Ourselves May Be the Way Forward CoachingOurselves.com

I attended an interesting webinar – “Peer-Coaching Groups with CoachingOurselves: A modern approach to developing leaders.” Peer coaching with professional facilitation is an interesting concept. Although I did not hear Henry Mintzberg ever mentioning this, but it reminds me of the Quality Circles. They were popular in Japan in 1950s-1960s, made popular in the West […]