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New Leader: What if My Direct Reports Know More Than Me?

A version of this article was also published in my column at the Globe and Mail. It can be daunting for emerging leaders to find their ‘sea legs’ in the early days of a new managing role, especially when one’s direct reports seemingly have more experience and deeper knowledge (at least in some areas). Recently […]

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Trouble With a New Boss? Learn to Manage Up!

A version of this article was first published at the Globe and Mail Careers section. See my Globe columns here. And a VIDEO: Bad Boss? Learn to Manage Up! Having a tough time adjusting to a new boss? Too much micromanaging? Not getting enough guidance? Feeling invisible and wondering if they just don’t like you? […]

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What a “We” Leader Sounds Like

This article was first published in my Globe and Mail column. “Sam” is a high potential, emerging leader. He’s doing well on many fronts, but he recently received feedback that he needs to take a more “we-centric” approach. He’s been told that he often speaks with an “I-centric” style that might limit his leadership impact […]

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Leaders – It’s the Tiny Moves That Can Make the Big Difference

This article was initially published in my Globe and Mail Column. See my latest Globe columns here. Many managers are caught between a rock and a hard place in the “return-to-work” challenge, pressured to bring people back but still facing resistance from those who now prefer to work from home. Mandating back-to-work is one thing. Engaging […]

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Return to Work: Humanity, Connection, Compassion More Crucial Than Ever

This article was initially published in my Globe and Mail Column. See my latest Globe columns here. As the return-to-work era unfolds, many leaders find themselves mired in challenges. They are tired. Their people are tired. And there is still a lot of resistance. How to bring people back and create cohesive, productive, engaged teams? It’s […]

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3 Ways to Say Thanks (at Work) Better and More Meaningfully

This article is the third in a series on expressing gratitude and appreciation at work. The ideas shared are relevant for leaders, aspiring leaders, and anyone interested in generosity and humanity at work.  See links to other articles in the series at the end of this post (and at the blog). Your people are working hard. […]

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Expressing Thanks at Work: Better in Person or Text?

This article is part of a series on gratitude at work. The ideas shared are relevant for leaders, aspiring leaders, and anyone interested in generosity and humanity at work.  See links to other articles in the series at the end of this post (and at the blog). Is it better to express thanks to someone […]

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Expressing Thanks at Work: It’s Good for You and For Others

This article kicks off  a short series on expressing gratitude and appreciation at work. The ideas shared are relevant for leaders, aspiring leaders, and anyone interested in generosity and humanity at work.  See links to other articles in the series at the end of this post (and at the blog).   When was the last time  […]

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Managing Virtually in Times of a Pandemic – 10 Good Ideas

Managing virtual teams isn’t a new topic. But managing teams that have been thrown into a virtual working context during a pandemic – well, that’s a little different. Recently, I had an opportunity to design and facilitate a workshop (delivered virtually of course) on how leaders can better manage people virtually in times of a […]

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Take a Gratitude Tour

In the spirit of Canadian Thanksgiving, this post is dedicated to all my lovely clients who help me grow and learn right along with them!  A young leader whom I’d been working with on career exploration just landed a job offer (hurrah!). She wanted to talk about strategies for her upcoming first days and early weeks in her new role […]

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