• 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
  • New CEO Announcement – Susan Eick

    The Refinery Leadership Partners Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer, Susan Eick. Moving on from Vice President of Client Solutions at Right Management Inc., Susan will embed her previous experience in Professional/HR Services and Financial Services as CEO of The Refinery.  Merging her work throughout Canada and the…

    July 24, 2017 • by Refinery Leadership • in News
  • My Brain: Friend and Foe

    I’m driving home from work, but I want to stop to run an errand on the way home. Suddenly, I realize I’m already home. How could I forget and not notice that I missed the turn off for the store? I’m building IKEA furniture with my husband and he asks if he can help with…

    June 20, 2017 • by Krysty Wideen • in Opinion
  • Leadership Identity

    I’ve been doing a fair bit of reading lately about the challenges inherent within the Leadership Pipeline. While the linked article is now sixteen years old, commentaries continue to flood the leadership spectrum referencing the need for leaders to shift from working in to working on the business. Most of these articles state the need…

    May 23, 2017 • by Warren Baxter • in Opinion
  • Managing the Tension Between Freedom and Control

    As the amount and pace of change in technology, business models, economic interdependence, workplace demographics, etc… continues at a dizzying rate, companies face even more choices for how to operate. A tension that many organizational leaders grapple with as their companies grow, adapt and change, is how much freedom vs. control is needed in individual…

    May 10, 2017 • by Katie Wyka • in Opinion


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