Carrying the Weight – Together

My son has observed to me, that a good judge of a person's character is to try to move some heavy objects together with them. You really get a sense of how they sense what other people are doing while trying to work together. It is an experience that's worth reflecting on. And I found it as a learning experience again in a book I recently read.…

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Leading from the Margins: Part III

The ideal situation is where we are able to lead and influence to the best of our ability in an institution where we feel strong congruence with the mission and culture of the organization. However, this isn't always the case. This is the third of three blog posts exploring what it means to be on the margins of an institution, by asking how can we lead from the margins when we find ourselves there?…

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Leading from the Margins: Part II

The ideal situation is where we are able to lead and influence to the best of our ability in an institution where we feel strong congruence with the mission and culture of the organization. However, this isn't always the case. This is the second of three blog posts exploring what it means to be on the margins of an institution, by asking how can we lead from the margins when we find ourselves there?…

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Leading from the Margins: Part I

The ideal situation is where we are able to lead and influence to the best of our ability in an institution where we feel strong congruence with the mission and culture of the organization. However, this isn't always the case. The next three blog posts explore this by asking how can we lead from the margins when we find ourselves there?…

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Asking Questions - the Right Questions

Good questions are essential to our being able to properly analyze and assess something. I'd like to identify 3 primary perspectives to ask questions from that will cut to the heart of what we are doing as an institution and help us know what to do next.…

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What Do You Need from Me?

A great question that we can ask, and especially of those who report to us, is, "What do you need from me?" This question gets at the root of how we work together, and the answer can make all the difference in nurturing a dynamic and powerful working relationship.…

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The Need for Leadership

Lack of leadership is crippling. Even with the best people in the right roles with all the resources and skills available, without leadership it will be a crippled institution and the mission will suffer. Learning from Dr. Sandip Lalli, and reflecting on Calgary's plebiscite for hosting the Olympics provides an illustration of that very result.…

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Power – Is it a Zero Sum Game?

A key aspect of the movie Arrival, is the recognition of whether or not you are playing a zero sum game, or not. How do you view power in your family and workplace? Is power something that is either located on one person, or another? Are the gains and losses exactly balanced between participants? Or is there more going on we need to be aware of.…

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