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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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Listening Might Be Your Greatest Strength in Leading Change

I have been thinking about “tuning to the edges” of the system, after a wonderful discussion with Dr. Morar Murray-Hayes, the minister at Maple Grove United Church. Morar was a close friend of Brenda Zimmerman and was therefore an avid student of complexity theory. Who wouldn’t be after getting to know Brenda!

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Join us for a FREE Webinar on Leading Change


Here’s a rare opportunity to address some specific challenges you may be facing in the midst of change.

Our friends Michael and Dana Hanna, the creators of Business for Life Conference, have invited Peter Dickens to sit down with them and talk about change and 21st century leadership.

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Leading Through Storytelling

I love history and biodiversity. In fact, my love of history and biodiversity led me to complete an undergraduate degree in archaeology and Egyptology (the study of ancient Egypt) and to work many years at the Royal Ontario Museum.

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Managing Teams without Alienating Them

Picture a typical hourglass: wide at the top and bottom, tight in the middle. It’s a brilliant  way of measuring time. It’s also a terrible way to manage people, but it’s the way many managers want to manage their teams.

Consider this:

  • A manager is given a new assignment and promptly turns it over to his team.

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Thoughts on Country Music & Empowerment

I’ve never been a fan of country music. I’m more of an indie-folk-pop girl. But my taste for the twang has been awakened recently because two of my friends have started a country band – and they’re good.

No one could tell me country music was worth listening to.

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Inclusive Leadership May Be More Relevant Than Ever

There is a popular “truth” out there that, in times of crisis, we need forceful leaders to independently make decisions.

People will often cite examples such as an impending crash to justify the pilot making decisions on his or her own, on the basis that seconds count (which is true) and that the pilot alone has the fast-thinking ability to avoid disaster (which is not necessarily true).

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Coaching as a Block Buster

As a leadership coach, I receive many inquiries about the value of coaching. The other day, I had just such a call. The man had gotten my name from a trusted friend who recommended my services.

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