Opinion

A board of directors I worked with had struggled for years to re-envision their sinking mandate, vision and values. They were losing customers, partners, and investors, but perhaps most critically, they were losing hope. In the words of their executive director, their organization was becoming “irrelevant.” This mutual feeling was eroding their trust and confidence…

Okay, let me set the record straight here. Despite my experiences of being blatantly (and sometimes subversively) mistreated, overlooked, harassed and otherwise not treated as an equal to my male counterparts at work over the years, I am over being angry. Anger does nothing to change the past and poisons any chance of creating a…

Stencilled on the wall of The Refinery’s head office in Vancouver, BC, are some of the team’s shared values. “Know the theory, know the real world, know yourself,” is, in my opinion, a great foundation for success in the field of leadership development. The latter part of this seems simple enough, though knowing oneself requires…

In my previous article, I examined the ways in which I used my business clothing—suits and other androgynous and stiff business attire—to gain access to a fairly male-dominated, conservative work world. I fondly remembered by the bright green suit that I had purchased for my first professional internship at a bank, only to have it…

If your organization is embarking on a talent management initiative of any size or scope with an objective of ensuring a robust pipeline of high potential leaders, one of the most critical questions to ask is: Are we an organization which understands how to, and is good at, providing meaningful feedback? I have been involved…

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