Leadership Insights

Refinery’s leadership insights are written by our experts from around the world with decades of leadership development experience. We’re always learning and always sharing. Get the real dirt.
4 Steps to Building a Successful Strategy

4 Steps to Building a Successful Strategy

You’ve probably been there.  Faced with developing a strategic plan—for your company, your department, or a non-profit board that you sit on.  You need to involve others, but how?  You need a meaningful, practical approach, but what does it look like?  You need to end...

read more
The Real Truth about Strategic Planning: Part Two 

The Real Truth about Strategic Planning: Part Two 

An average organization spends anywhere between 50 to more than 1,000 hours developing their strategic plan. And yet, so many organizations continue to waste their time producing strategies that don’t identify their barriers or the decisive actions to overcome them....

read more
The Real Truth About Strategic Planning: Part One 

The Real Truth About Strategic Planning: Part One 

When organizations create business strategies, they are typically focused on mid-term business outcomes such as increased market share, revenue and product or service enhancements to grow the business. These plans can look and feel very robust and clear; however, what...

read more
Part Three: Building The Better Boss: The How

Part Three: Building The Better Boss: The How

In my previous two blogs, I explored the reasons why Refinery decided to design a leadership development program focused on psychological health and safety in the workplace; a two-module program that would focus specifically on psychological resilience (leading self)...

read more
Part Two: Building The Better Boss: The Why

Part Two: Building The Better Boss: The Why

In my previous blog, I shared some context around what we understand are challenges facing leaders today and a little about how Refinery decided to design a program that focuses on supporting them through those challenges – with focused development around mental...

read more
Part One: Building The Better Boss: The Challenge

Part One: Building The Better Boss: The Challenge

In my role as Director of Design at Refinery, I’m often asked to describe our approach to leadership development and even more often asked to comment on what sets our work apart from other offerings. Because these are frequently asked questions, I like to think I’ve...

read more
Refinery – What’s It Like to Be Our Client?

Refinery – What’s It Like to Be Our Client?

People often ask us what they can expect when they sign up their organization to engage in a Refinery Leadership Program. They know – more or less – what they want and what they are looking to achieve. What they don’t know is what it’s going to take to get there, what...

read more
What is Needed from Leaders in 2022

What is Needed from Leaders in 2022

Leaders have faced many challenges they never expected over the past two years.  And today, many are not only still dealing with the fallout of the pandemic, but they are also facing a labour shortage that for some is already reaching crisis levels. And these same...

read more
Safety in Mining Part 1- Susan we have a problem

Safety in Mining Part 1- Susan we have a problem

“Susan, we have a problem at our Lost Wolf Mine Site*.  Despite the fact that we implemented an intensive safety program last year, we continue to see a rise in critical safety incidents and fatalities.  Can you help us?” This request was not one that we commonly...

read more
Learning the Recipe of Refinery’s Secret Sauce

Learning the Recipe of Refinery’s Secret Sauce

When Rhonda Gorman first joined the Refinery team in February 2019 in a business development role, she wasn’t sure if she had made the right decision or not. Of course, she knew of Refinery, but like many others that she now comes in contact with on a daily basis, she...

read more
Banking and Leadership

Banking and Leadership

I’m pretty proud of the fact that I spent a good majority of my formative career years in the banking industry. Fortunately, I had some great leaders to guide me through the sometimes treacherous political waters of “big bank” hierarchies. Over the years, I worked in...

read more
Questions for a New World of Leadership

Questions for a New World of Leadership

Last March, as we contemplated the need to adapt our in-person programs to virtual programs, we knew it was not as simple as just taking the same content and activities and delivering them via an online platform such as Zoom. After all, Refinery is best known for our...

read more
Effective Leadership During Times of Uncertainty

Effective Leadership During Times of Uncertainty

Over the past few weeks, change has occurred rapidly and drastically. As a leader, engagement with your teams might be one of the few things our employees can depend on to guide them through their days. Now more than ever, we must remember the fundamentals of...

read more
How connected are you really?

How connected are you really?

What does being connected mean to you? Dictionary.com defines connected as: • united, joined, or linked. • having a connection. • joined together in sequence; linked coherently: connected ideas. • Related by family ties. • Having social or professional relationships,...

read more
What leadership looks like in times of turmoil

What leadership looks like in times of turmoil

In the wake of the tragedy that took place on March 15th in Christchurch New Zealand, I shared something powerful and hopeful with my LinkedIn community: the picture of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, accompanied by a comment on her display of empathy and inspiring...

read more
Knowing How Isn’t Always Enough

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,...

read more
Shedding the Corporate Armour—Part One

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,...

read more
Sometimes You Just Need to Get Punched

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...

read more

Request a consultation with us today.
We look forward to meeting you!

The Refinery Leadership Partners, Inc. © 2021. All rights reserved.
Change Language