• Failing Your Way to Freedom

    Author’s note: I wrote this piece several years ago, when I was working with a number of people who were facing some personal challenges with respect to their career development. Since that time, my work has been solely focused on the business world, working with hundreds of leaders at all levels to elevate their leadership effectiveness….

    August 4, 2016 • by Warren Baxter • in Opinion
  • The Accountability Paradox

    Accountability sits in with my standard list of typical organizational woes, right up there with a lack of cross-functional working and the need to communicate better. At times it seems to have replaced leadership and engagement as the latest buzz word. Accountability can mean lots of different things to different people. If you ask for…

    July 25, 2016 • by Terry Dillon • in Opinion, Strategy
  • Leadership: When Process Isn’t Enough

    Organizations are best run when we strike the right balance between processes and people. The more we try to repeatedly achieve an outcome over time, the more we need some form of process to help us do it efficiently – but process alone is not enough. We also need to act and behave effectively, as…

    July 4, 2016 • by Melody Taylor • in Development, Opinion
  • Accelerate and innovate: Growing talent and enhancing creativity

    The challenge A mid-sized software-as-a-service (SaaS) company was initiating a bold expansion into several new international markets. The firm’s people—a group of highly skilled, technical, and committed engineers and businesspeople—had produced industry-leading technologies that were driving rapid growth in each of the company’s business units. Critical mass The firm had reached a critical stage of development. Up…

    April 12, 2016 • by The Refinery Leadership Partners • in Case Studies
  • The invaluable returns of a shared vision and culture

    The challenge A precious metal mining company selected The Refinery Leadership Partners to help bring about a challenging fundamental culture shift. Through multiple acquisitions and mergers, the company had catapulted into contention as one of the world’s leading gold mining organizations. The executive team believed that to be truly successful in this new stage, the company…

    • by The Refinery Leadership Partners • in Case Studies
  • Unlocking the keys for change: A growth strategy that builds leaders

    The challenge A senior diversified resource company was in the midst of a long term growth strategy. Having rebounded after the global financial collapse of 2008, the company enjoyed renewed opportunities to expand. Capitalizing on this opportunity meant building, not just its resource assets but also the capacity of its people. The company’s executives believed…

    • by The Refinery Leadership Partners • in Case Studies
  • Leadership Starts with a Vision

    Regardless of their size, most companies today make the effort to articulate a vision statement. The reason is simple: effective executives and managers recognize that a clear, engaging vision is key for building alignment around an organization’s goals and in guiding behaviours and decisions to reach them. We believe that creating an inspired vision is…

    April 14, 2014 • by The Refinery Leadership Partners • in Strategy
  • Is technology helping our development?

    The increasing availability and use of technology to provide more flexible learning solutions in organizations has slowly but surely created a shift away from face to face training. As learning has moved out of the classroom it has become more about the individual AND we see a compelling trend towards creating a particular kind of…

    April 1, 2014 • by Terry Dillon • in Development
  • Five Organizational Development Initiatives that Cost Almost No Money (and how to do them well)

    It might seem strange for a consulting firm to offer suggestions on how to develop management and leadership abilities in organizations and spend nothing … or at least very little.  While we do certainly want to engage with clients, we also want industry in general to get as smart as possible about development.  It only…

    January 23, 2012 • by The Refinery Leadership Partners • in Development
  • Why I’m an Entrepreneur

    Early in my journey as an entrepreneur, I discovered a quote which describes an entrepreneur as: “’A risk taker’ a man who braves uncertainty, strikes out on his own, and through native wit, devotion to duty, and singleness of purpose, somehow creates business and industrial activity where none existed before.” (1964 Collins, et al).  The…

    November 23, 2011 • by Barbara Ross-Denroche • in Opinion