For individuals, leaders and organizations, so much is shifting and evolving today. Coupled with acute challenges to global health, racial inequalities and economic disparities, it can seem overwhelming. As uncomfortable as this may be, it also presents an opportunity to re-design or refine ourselves and our organizations. There’s no better time to reflect, recalibrate and redefine that as we start a new year. Values underpin everything we do, from our thinking and behaviours
I hope you will be able to join me this Thursday as I host Managing Difficult Conversations, a one-hour webinar event with leading labour and employment lawyer Kelly VanBuskirk. Kelly and I will explore why managers, whose job is to communicate with employees, don’t actually do it or do it effectively, even knowing that the consequences of avoiding difficult conversations can loom large and prove costly. Third in the Confronting Today’s Unique HR Challenges series sponsored b
This fall, Vision Coaching will be offering a series of free webinars designed to help leaders and organizations deal with many of the challenges they are facing today. Hosted by Dave Veale, they will feature conversations with experts in leadership and human resources issues. Kelly Van Buskirk: Handling Difficult Discussions Kelly Van Buskirk, a leading labour and employment lawyer, will share insight on handling difficult discussions. This session will explore why managers,
After working for more than 35 years in the challenging health-care sector, Dora Nicinski brings the same motivational force to her current work as a leadership coach: a determination to make an immediate and important difference for the people around her. Dora’s skills in transition management, honed after decades in a variety of top leadership roles in health-care organizations across Canada, mean she has a unique insight into complex situations and relationships. Not only
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
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
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
Throughout his career, Stewart Pollard has been influencing change – among leaders, among teams and throughout organizations. An engineer by trade, he spent over 20 years working with companies to implement process improvement and drive organizational change. He then moved out on his own to become a leadership coach, and is today part of Vision Coaching’s roster of exceptional coaches.
He caught some attention recently on LinkedIn when he shared with his network a photo of a
Coaching is an effective way to help leaders achieve business objectives and improve productivity and performance. The coaching industry is estimated globally at $2.4 billion annually, suggesting that organizations and individuals see value in coaching as a service. Measuring the integrity and results of coaching today But there is one issue both coaches and client organizations are confronting: how do we really know the value? There are ways to quantify the return on coachin
Leaders who have risen to the top of organizations tend to exude great confidence. And, after working with determination and competing for the top job, they often have a strong ego.
Some develop what is known as hubris syndrome, resulting in overconfidence. This leads to impulsive decision-making that causes turmoil among those who work for them and can damage the organizations they lead.
These individuals aren’t open to feedback from others. They come to rely too much on
The worry is pervasive. “The Future of Leadership Development,” an insightful piece in the Harvard Business Review, notes that more than half of senior leaders believe their talent development programs are not adequately building the critical skills and organizational capabilities they need. That’s right – more than 50 per cent are concerned their investments in leadership development aren’t working and aren’t helping to strengthen their organizations for the future. Complica
We’ve just completed an important case study, headed by Dr. Bill Howatt, which evaluated the impact of one-to-one coaching on leaders of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The value of one-to-one coaching has been broadly adopted in the global business community as an effective lever for personalized leadership development. Both corporate and public organizations recognize the transformational impact coaching has on a leader’s performance but what would the impact be