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  • Vancouver CHRO Leadership Summit – Jun 14, 2018

    A note from us: We are proud to share the write-up below by Evanta, a Gartner Company, from a discussion moderated by our own Susan Eick, CEO, for the Vancouver CHRO Leadership Summit on June 14, 2018. Key Takeaways + Discussion Points Chief human resources officers came together June 14 at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle…

    July 10, 2018 • by Refinery Leadership • in Uncategorized
  • How Serious Play Unlocks Our Genius

    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…

    May 22, 2018 • by Valerie Nishi • in Opinion
  • Vancouver Team Announcement – Simone Alberts

    The Refinery Leadership Partners Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Vancouver-based Senior Consultant, Simone Alberts. Building on her previous experience as a Training and Development Advisor at Aimia Inc, Simone brings over a decade of client-care and development expertise to The Refinery, focusing her efforts to ensure the ongoing success of…

    April 26, 2018 • by Refinery Leadership • in News
  • Shedding the Corporate Armour—Part Three: Outgrowing Your Suit of Steel

    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…

    March 6, 2018 • by Susan Eick • in Opinion
  • How to Build Relationships with Four Simple Words

    When we Turn Judgment Into Curiosity, we open ourselves to learning. We acknowledge that our perspective is just one of many. We admit that there is a limit to our knowledge, and we desire to expand it. We say to another, “you are important and your ideas are important.” We open a container for discussion…

    February 8, 2018 • by Geoff Scales • in Opinion
  • Knowing How Isn’t Always Enough

    Last November, I took a break and spent a (well deserved if I do say so) vacation in Jamaica. While there, my wife and I went for a dive on one of the reefs off the coast of Negril. Despite being a proficient diver, having dove for many years in Central America, South-East Asia, and…

    January 23, 2018 • by Warren Baxter • in Opinion
  • How being pregnant has made me a better leader

    To kick it off, I want to admit, I’m a little hesitant to write a blog post about being pregnant. It feels immensely personal and a little voice inside of me keeps nagging at me, “oh don’t be that woman who gets pregnant and that’s all she can talk about!” I’m saying a big “SSSHHHH”…

    January 11, 2018 • by Krysty Wideen • in Opinion
  • Letting Go, To Grow.

    In January 2018, I set off for a year of personal growth, travelling the world. But wait, I love my job.  I love the people I work with – my teammates and my clients are exceptional. And this company, The Refinery, has nurtured my personal and professional growth like no other experience in my working…

    December 14, 2017 • by Melody Taylor • in Opinion
  • Know the Theory, Know the Real World, KNOW YOURSELF

    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…

    November 30, 2017 • by Jelena Vath • in Opinion
  • Shedding the Corporate Armour—Part Two: Casting the Armour

    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…

    November 16, 2017 • by Susan Eick • in Opinion
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