I’m delighted to share with our friends and colleagues that Mary Ellen Veale, a co-founder of Vision Coaching and my partner in life, has joined the Vision Coaching roster as a coach. I’m very proud to make this announcement for so many reasons but particularly because I might never have become a leadership coach if it wasn’t for her encouragement 16 years ago. Indeed, Vision Coaching would not exist today without her. Mary Ellen earned her graduate certificate in Executive C
I’ve had the good fortune to meet, and then get to know, a leader by the name of Sean Hanlon. Sean is the CEO of Dillon Consulting, an employee-owned professional consulting firm with 20 offices and more than 900 employees across Canada. We’ve had many great discussions over these last many months on so many fronts, including navigating change, on leadership, and on engaging your people. What has struck me about Sean is how genuine he is, how much he cares. At the start of ea
It is one of the most elusive yet most important activities for any leader today – finding the time for strategic thought and action. Vince Marsh believes more than 90 per cent of executives will admit to being “stuck in the weeds” – overwhelmed and working at a level of detail that prevents them from tackling the big, important strategic issues and problems they know they should be solving if they could only get to them. “I’m a big believer that once you get to a more senior
Uncertainties surrounding the pandemic have created uniquely challenging conditions for leaders. Massive disruptions are requiring them to summon all their skills in communicating and motivating in order to manage operations effectively. After a long and successful career as a leader in the public service, Sylvie Levesque-Finn knows how important it is for leaders to be able to step back from a problem or issue, give themselves space and reflect on their world in a broader co
By Bruce McLeod Organizational culture, it was once declared, eats strategy for breakfast. The line, often attributed to the famous management consultant Peter Druker, reflects the reality that strategy fails not because the plan is flawed – it fails because the corporate culture consumes it. I’ve been thinking a lot about organizational cultures lately amid the turmoil and disruption of COVID-19. With office towers empty and employees scattered to their homes to work remotel
From her vantage point, leadership coach Lisa Haydon can see clearly that sales will be the key to survival and growth for many companies in the post-pandemic world. Indeed, she is convinced future success will depend on honing a competitive edge in sales. “Companies ambitious about growth are going to have to drive it through sales. They can’t do it through more cost containment,” says Lisa, one of the latest coaches to join the Vision Coaching roster. “They are going to wan
Sean Ryan named his company Whitewater International Consulting, Inc. because he liked the image it creates of helping organizations, businesses and entrepreneurs navigate turbulent change in the marketplace. But as Sean knows, the coronavirus pandemic has turned the rapids into tsunamis and plunged world economies over the edge of the falls into what he calls “the next normal.” “It will be interesting to see when things begin to gravitate towards what I call the next normal,
For David Savoie, president and CEO of one of Canada’s best-managed companies, everything changed the day the state of emergency was declared. For a man that exudes a calm confidence in the face of chaos, it was that pivotal day in March when it became abundantly clear that COVID-19 would no longer be just a worry – it would be a full-scale disruptor. He set up a “war room” with desks six feet apart and immediately began working with his management team on three scenarios for
Several weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, Lianne Krakauer began noticing a subtle shift among some of the people she works with as a leadership and career coach.
The intensity of constant crisis management was beginning to relent, if only slightly, to allow for the possibility of a future without chaos and fear. And for those who haven’t yet arrived, she’s carefully broaching the prospect of getting there.
“There are quite a few people grappling with ‘How do I kee
TORONTO – Vision Coaching Inc., a Canadian leadership coaching firm, has signed an agreement with M orneau Shepell that allows the technology-enabled HR services provider to expand on the services it offers. The two companies today announced the agreement, which allows Morneau Shepell to provide an expanded leadership coaching program powered by Vision Coaching’s V1 Coaching System to clients around the globe. “This is a terrific step forward for both companies,” said Dave Ve
IN CONVERSATION WITH A CEO Cindy Donovan, CEO of Loch Lomond Villa Inc. in Saint John. Over the last 12 years, she has guided the nursing home through a shift in culture and significant growth. Photo: Cindy Wilson/Telegraph-Journal Cindy Donovan leads with her heart. She has been the CEO of Loch Lomond Villa for 12 years now and the unique approach Cindy takes at the Villa ensures each resident receives the most innovative and expert care possible. Founded in 1972 by the Simo
Business Hall of Fame laureate Aldéa Landry.
[Photo: Ron Ward/Times & Transcript] As published in the Telegraph-Journal 19 Apr 2014 Aldéa Landry has done many things in her extraordinary career. She is a former chair of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (the first woman to occupy the position) as well as being a member of the board of directors of the Bank of Canada and of the Security Intelligence Review Committee. Aldéa was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1987 and to t
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Shilo Boucher, the president and CEO of the Saint John YMCA. [photo: Cindy Wilson, Telegraph-Journal] Be prepared to learn a lot of different skills
As published in the Telegraph-Journal, Saturday, March 16, 2014 Shilo Boucher never dreamed she would be the CEO and president of the YMCA of Greater Saint John. She knew when she was a teenager that she wanted to be a chartered accountant and, as a woman who likes to get things done, that is exactly what she did. After attending
Paul Browning, CEO & President of Irving Oil
Photo by Kâté Braydon/Telegraph Journal As published in the Telegraph-Journal, Saturday, February 15, 2014 Born in Detroit, raised in Cleveland, and a grad of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University, the new CEO and president of Irving Oil tells people he’s a “rust-belter from the US.” Paul Browning started at General Electric right out of university, working in their corporate research and development lab in Schenectady, New York
In Dave Veale’s most recent Leadership Unleashed interview he talks to Michael Losier, author of the best selling book, The Law of Attraction: The Science of Attracting More of What You Want and Less of What You Don’t. This is truly the story of a home town boy making it big. Really big. Originally from Saint John, Michael Losier released his first book in 2003 and it has sold more that 1.8 million copies in 33 languages and caught the attention of Oprah Winfrey. It is the ul
In Dave Veale’s most recent Leadership Unleashed interview he talks to Rothesay entrepreneur Kevin Belyea, president of Spartan Systems and founder/president of paper42 about running his business from his home office. Here is the full interview with Kevin – published in the Telegraph-Journal on Saturday, December 14th. Kevin Belyea, owner of Paper42, takes a break from his home office in his backyard.
PHOTO: CINDY WILSON/TELEGRAPH-JOURNAL A NEW BRUNSWICK SOLUTION TO A UNIQUEL
Shelley DeMerchant, Owner of The Urban Shoe Myth
Photo: Cindy Wilson/Telegraph-Journal BUDDING ENTREPRENEURS: WORK THROUGH THE HESITATION In my most recent Leadership Unleashed interview I talked to Shelley DeMerchant of The Urban Shoe Myth about taking the entrepreneurial leap. The full interview with Shelley published in the Telegraph-Journal on Saturday, September 14th, 2013. Here it is… Shelley DeMerchant has always had a weakness for shoes and now shoes are her business.
As published in the Telegraph and Journal, August 17, 2013 My Style is “Ready, Fire, Aim” Former deputy minister Francis McGuire is president and CEO of Major Drilling in Moncton. Photo: Telegraph-Journal achive A former provincial deputy minister and currently the president and CEO of the second-largest drilling company in the world, Francis McGuire has a unique perspective on public policy and private enterprise – how they intersect and the impact this intersection has on o