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  • 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
  • Feedback and Meaningful Conversations Are Everything During the Talent Process

    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…

    November 2, 2017 • by Barbara Ross-Denroche • in Opinion
  • Shedding the Corporate Armour—Part One

    It was May of 1985.  I had just finished my last final exam during my third year of undergrad, and had heard back from my internship coordinator that I was scheduled for my first interview for a professional internship at the Marine Bank Corporation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Since I left high school, I relished the…

    October 11, 2017 • by Susan Eick • in Opinion
  • Sometimes You Just Need To Get Punched

    I love this excerpt from a recent New York Times interview with Amy Schumer where she was asked: “What’s the best book you’ve ever received as a gift?” Whether you like her comedy or not, her reference to The Professional pulls out an inherent truth in how she describes her relationship with fear. “The Professional,” by W. C. Heinz. It…

    October 5, 2017 • by Warren Baxter • in Opinion
  • Improv: Shining a Light On Our Limiting Beliefs

    I recall the first time I was asked to perform in front of people, my stomach dropped as the words, “I guess I could,” slowly fell from my mouth. That night, I regretted not coming up with some excuse… doctor’s appointment, family vacation, anything! The thought of making things up on the spot while trying…

    September 19, 2017 • by Ben Miller • in Opinion
  • Toronto Team Announcement – Sergio Montiel

    The Refinery Leadership Partners Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of our Partner and Senior Consultant, Sergio Montiel, to our Toronto office. Sergio is a seven-year veteran of The Refinery, developing leaders across an array of industries and levels.  For the last several years, he has focused on our Latin American business, leading our…

    September 7, 2017 • by Refinery Leadership • in News
  • Toronto Team Announcement – Jelena Vath

    The Refinery Leadership Partners Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of our new Toronto-based Senior Consultant, Jelena Vath. Building on her previous experience as Vice President, Client Relations and Business Development at TeksMed Services, Jelena brings a decade of client-care expertise to The Refinery, focusing her efforts to ensure the ongoing success of our…

    August 1, 2017 • by Refinery Leadership • in News
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