Blog Archives

Following Your Passion Isn’t Enough

There is a popular mantra today that says, “Follow your passion.” It seems to suggest that by simply following my passion I will somehow achieve great success.

If that were true, I would have been a pro quarterback, despite not having the arm strength,

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Where Have All the Good People Gone?

I regularly have conversations with business owners and organizational leaders who lament the apparent lack of talent and promise in the people available for hiring.

They reach all sorts of fascinating and distorted conclusions about people’s willingness to work. They particularly like to question the willingness and ability of Millennials to commit to an organization or a career.

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Practicing Facilitative Leadership

“Facilitative Leadership” is a term that pulls together concepts about leadership paradigms and practices, many of them stemming from the concept of “servant leadership,” which was widely introduced by Robert Greenleaf in the 1970’s and developed by many others since then.

Exploring ideas around facilitative leadership has the advantage of integrating skills related to certain leadership activities with related thoughts and attitudes.

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Practicing Reflective Leadership

Popular wisdom tells us, “You shouldn’t make a major decision during a crisis.”  I’m not sure I completely agree with this adage.

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Leader Identity: Being a Leader Without Being In Charge

These are challenging times for leaders and it begins with the simple question, “Who am I?”

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Lead As If No One’s Watching

Last week I posted this rather simplistic comment on Twitter and LinkedIn and was surprised by the strong, positive response. I’m not sure if that’s a comment on social media or the power of a simple idea, but it has me thinking. It’s obviously a take-off on the LuluLemon-esque line that is actually a quote from a fellow named William W.

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The 5 Minds of a Manager

McGill professor Henry Mintzberg’s, one of the leading thinkers on management and strategy, suggests that effective managers operate with 5 distinct mindsets, mostly simultaneously:

“There are five ways in which managers interpret and deal with the world around them. Each has a dominant subject,

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4 Traits of an Adaptive Organization

In the last few blog posts, we have been talking about the nature of organizational culture. Lately, I’ve been thinking about the best possible culture to support environments where there is a high degree of change or what Courtney (2001) calls residual uncertainty.

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The Tyndale Leadership Centre SeeChange Workshops


If you’ve been struggling to lead positive sustainable change in your organization, SeeChange workshops use proven tools and a complexity perspective to help you see, respond to, and facilitate change.

SeeChange is a workshop series designed by Peter Dickens and facilitated by a team of faculty and professional coaches at Tyndale University College &

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Clan Culture Beats Bureaucracy

When helping organizations amalgamate, we always look at culture. In a couple of recent initiatives involving the merger of public sector organizations, we were asked to do a cultural assessment of the “legacy” organizations.

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