Tom Higgins: leadership truths from football to business

The CEO of the Canadian Football Academy talks about why team building, leadership and motivation are so important

Tom Higgins: leadership truths from football to businessTom Higgins is CEO of the Canadian Football Academy and a former coach in the Canadian Football League. What is the Canadian Football Academy and what does it do? Higgins: The CFA was born of an idea between me and Tony Fasano. We wanted to promote youth football in a positive, safe and skilful way.…

Creating The Next Face of (business) Leadership

Ann Marie MacDougall of LeaderBoom talks about preparing the next generation for the high-pressure global business arena

Creating The Next Face of (business) LeadershipAnn Marie MacDougall is president of LeaderBoom Inc. What is LeaderBoom and why was it created? MacDougall: LeaderBoom is a results-oriented firm launched in 2012 that provides just-in-time customized leadership development programs and advisory services designed to empower and accelerate performance in individuals, teams, organizations, and communities. We do this by integrating fresh insights mined through…

Ten questions to power up your “Leadership Presence”

Leadership presence is far from mysterious. At its core is a set of practical skills that you can learn, employ, and improve

Ten questions to power up your “Leadership Presence”I was once asked to coach a senior-level manager from a technology firm in Silicon Valley. I learned that this man’s work was of the highest calibre and that his advancement had (up to this point) been fast-tracked. But now his career was stalled. When I asked why this high performing manager needed coaching, here’s…

Why coaching makes sense for every business team

Cheryl Dyck of MSI Action Group and CASS Consulting talks about moulding leaders who inspire success

Why coaching makes sense for every business teamCheryl Dyck is president and CEO of MSI Action Group and CASS Consulting Inc. Tell me what you do? Dyck: At a high level, we work alongside business owners and their teams to build their success, like business advisers. We become confidantes of the business owners and help them plan their business future, growth and…

Can your leadership take your business from good to great?

When leaders work through pain points and create an inspiring vision for the future, companies can thrive again

Can your leadership take your business from good to great?The ice on my neighbourhood skating rink is good but it’s not great, and that’s totally my fault. There have been years where the ice has been fantastic and people from all over the city came to skate on the rink. It even got nominated for best outside rink in the city one year. But…

Why Canadians should embrace the yellow jacket movement

Some Canadians and French believe that their ‘leaders’ are mere followers of a supra-national agenda, not champions for their electorate

Why Canadians should embrace the yellow jacket movement“Canadians do not need to be liberated,” said Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson half a century ago, after French President Charles De Gaulle lit the fuse for Quebec independence with his famous “Vive la Quebec libre!” speech. But neither of their current counterparts are standing for national freedom, let alone calling for it. President…

The 10 questions change leaders must answer first

Change managers need to ask difficult questions of themselves before they set out to "shake things up"

The 10 questions change leaders must answer firstA few years ago I read a news story about an executive who had been hired to turn around the fortunes of a business that was on the rocks. The product was bad. Morale was awful. Management appeared to be confused about what to do. And customers were staying away in droves. Clearly, this fellow…

How willing are you to stretch your comfort zone?

Fear has the power to hijack our thoughts and behaviours, even when a new path makes sense or is harmless

How willing are you to stretch your comfort zone?I’m often fascinated by how rigidly some folks cling to the familiar, especially when it comes to being asked to do something novel. Not something dangerous – just unfamiliar. In my former career, this came up a lot, with leaders standing up in meetings and asking for “out of the box thinkers.” Then they would point…

Lisa ‘Longball’ Vlooswyk encourages people to go the distance

The long drive golf champion and motivational speaker encourages people to recognize their passions and pursue them

Lisa ‘Longball’ Vlooswyk encourages people to go the distanceLisa “Longball” Vlooswyk is  an eight-time Canadian long drive champion, keynote speaker, golf/travel journalist and golf entertainer. Tell me about Lisa Longball. How, why and when did you start this venture and what you do? Vlooswyk: Well I wear many hats as Lisa Longball. I compete at a world-class level in the sport of long…

How retail can regain its personal relationship with shoppers

Traditional retailers must learn to be obsessed with their customers, says executive Carrie Kirkman

How retail can regain its personal relationship with shoppersCarrie Kirkman is a senior retail executive, and formerly past president and chief merchant of Sears Canada. What are the key things you learned from the Sears experience? Kirkman: Too many to count. Most importantly is how critical it is for an organization’s leadership to be looking and planning far, far ahead to ensure that…

Gazing into the crystal ball to prepare your business for the future

Businesses must always look to trends and trouble spots on the horizon. Here are some things to watch for in 2019 and beyond

Gazing into the crystal ball to prepare your business for the futureThis is the time of year when many business owners turn their thoughts to the future. We wonder if our sales will hold in the coming year and whether our expenses are going to rise. We try to predict whether we have the right team, right strategies and the ability to face the future. Larger…

What businesses can learn from an election loss

Running a campaign is similar to running a business. We’re in business to win. Here's how I lost and what you can learn from that

What businesses can learn from an election lossI write this article eating my humble pie and managing my political hangover. I just lost a local city council election, coming ninth in a bid for one of the eight council seats. I was told by several politicians going into the municipal race that I might lose the first time. However, I thought differently because…

Is your business slowly dying?

When faced with pressure on their business model, most leaders simply focus on reducing expenses. That's not nearly enough

Is your business slowly dying?My dog died last week – but the truth was that she had been dying for several months. Last winter, she had a couple seizures in my driveway and I considered having her put down. But after a couple weeks she revived and had a great spring and summer. In the last month, she definitely…

A spiritual leadership grounded in reality

When your last name is Arab and you’re not a Muslim or terrorist, you defy a few Islamophobic stereotypes yourself. I’m Arab in name, but my father’s religion is Maronite Catholic – an early branch of the Roman Catholic Church. I was brought up Roman Catholic and indoctrinated in papal infallibility. So the idea of…

5 strategies to increase your leadership presence

Leadership depends entirely on how other people in the workplace evaluate you

5 strategies to increase your leadership presenceLeadership presence, that illusive but “we know it when we see it” quality, is a blending of personal and interpersonal skills which, when combined, send all the right signals. It’s how you show up, how you make others feel, and how effectively you communicate both verbally and non-verbally. It's the "wow" factor that sets you…
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