• My Brain: Friend and Foe

    I’m driving home from work, but I want to stop to run an errand on the way home. Suddenly, I realize I’m already home. How could I forget and not notice that I missed the turn off for the store? I’m building IKEA furniture with my husband and he asks if he can help with…

    June 20, 2017 • by Krysty Wideen • in Opinion
  • Leadership Identity

    I’ve been doing a fair bit of reading lately about the challenges inherent within the Leadership Pipeline. While the linked article is now sixteen years old, commentaries continue to flood the leadership spectrum referencing the need for leaders to shift from working in to working on the business. Most of these articles state the need…

    May 23, 2017 • by Warren Baxter • in Opinion
  • Managing the Tension Between Freedom and Control

    As the amount and pace of change in technology, business models, economic interdependence, workplace demographics, etc… continues at a dizzying rate, companies face even more choices for how to operate. A tension that many organizational leaders grapple with as their companies grow, adapt and change, is how much freedom vs. control is needed in individual…

    May 10, 2017 • by Katie Wyka • in Opinion
  • Energy – The Hidden Strategic Asset

    I’ve had several inquiries on “time management” as a need for leadership development. Global competition and belt tightening have left many organizations with less resources to get the job done, putting the squeeze on front line and middle management. The search for the time management Holy Grail has become somewhat of a cottage industry –…

    April 13, 2017 • by Valerie Nishi • in Opinion
  • The Flip Side of Diversity and Inclusion?

    “Diversity and Inclusion” is a bit of a buzzphrase that you hear a lot about in many circles, all the time these days.  So I started thinking: what does “Diversity and Inclusion” (D&I) really mean?  Why does it seem so important to organizations? Is D&I always a good thing?   To begin, instead of defaulting to…

    March 28, 2017 • by John Pallas • in Opinion
  • Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

    I was confronted with my own bias this morning on the way to work. It was a “slap in the face” moment revealing how entrenched my worldview is.  A visually impaired man made his way through our busy Waterfront station, aided by a walking stick.  I was waiting for a Starbucks order, in close proximity as…

    March 14, 2017 • by Melody Taylor • in Opinion
  • Announcement: Davies Park Leading CEO Search

    We are pleased to announce that executive search firm Davies Park will be leading the search for our next CEO. For more information on the role and how to apply, please go to the Davies Park posting here: Refinery Leadership Partners CEO Profile    

    February 20, 2017 • by Refinery Leadership • in News
  • Content Isn’t King

    Our collective challenge as learners is no longer a scarcity of information. This was made clear at the 2017 ATD Tech Knowledge conference in Las Vegas. Rahaf Harfoush, a keynote speaker, made a compelling case that data abundance is overwhelming us at work, and as any good keynote can do, this really got me thinking. We…

    January 25, 2017 • by Krysty Wideen • in Opinion
  • Announcement: Terry Dillon joining Rowing Canada Aviron

    After 6 years with The Refinery Leadership Partners, we are both excited and saddened to announce that our CEO, Terry Dillon, will be moving on to join Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) as CEO.  Terry is a two-time Olympian, successfully competing at numerous world events as a rower for Great Britain.  He brought this passion, tenacity,…

    December 22, 2016 • by Refinery Leadership • in News
  • The Confidence to Lead

    I have spent the last 10 years in and out of organizations across many different sectors. I have been everywhere from Red Dog, Alaska to Santiago, Chile as well as several places in between. In that time, I have observed, shadowed, interviewed and listened to 100’s of supervisors, managers and executive leaders. The focus of…

    December 1, 2016 • by Terry Dillon • in Opinion