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  • 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
  • Managing vs. Leading – A Case for the Whole-Self Leader

    We manage tasks, we lead people. We can tell ourselves that we also manage people, but most people don’t want to be managed. There’s a connotation there of someone else being in control, that as long as I fit within well defined bounds, things are fine. Does that sound familiar? It’s my impression of the way prisons…

    November 24, 2016 • by Melody Taylor • in Opinion
  • Why Are People Following Trump?

    Americans will vote today to choose their next president and as it stands the polls suggest a tight race and for many too close to call. I am not advocating narcissism or for telling people only what they want to hear as a way to be an effective leader. However, it is undeniable that Trump’s…

    November 8, 2016 • by Terry Dillon • in Opinion
  • Leading Through Rough Seas

    As an aspiring sailor, I’ve been slowly building my resume over the past several years. In doing so, I’ve had the opportunity to sail in a number of beautiful locations including the Caribbean, Bahamas, Hawaii, and Greece. While all vastly different, they had a common denominator; with each of these trips, land was always close…

    November 1, 2016 • by Warren Baxter • in Opinion
  • I Have Some Feedback For You

    “I have some feedback for you.” What’s your first reaction when someone approaches you with this phrase? If you are like most people, it’s met with trepidation. Maybe your heart starts beating a little faster, your palms start sweating… your body is basically preparing to defend itself. Fight or flight. The truth is, we often…

    October 18, 2016 • by Krysty Wideen • in Opinion
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