Archives for Leadership

Leading From A Distance: Co-working during the time of COVID-19

Being a leader in today’s climate certainly has its challenges. Ever since we began our working lives, we associate what we do with where we do it. Now, even in the most field-present jobs, structures have changed and many business owners, managers, and employees need to find new, innovative ways to be at the forefront of their business, paving the way and empowering new and experienced employees.  We have spent decades using a system that involved both direction and presence for the training and development of staff. While that has since been the norm, we are now tasked as leaders
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The Power of Podcasts, Leadership Is All About Communication

Mark Nesbitt spent 30 years in the aggregate, mining, trucking and construction industries before becoming a certified trainer. Mark’s leadership training is based on his own experience, and his straight-talking style is appreciated by the many groups he has worked with.  Mark has provided the full range of training and leadership events from small board room presentations, multi-day large conference coaching and training seminars, and on the job site while wearing safety gear. Mark has always embraced the most effective way to communicate with these various groups. Mark enjoys sharing his passion and helping others.   The Power of Podcasts 
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If They Knew What to Do, They Would Be Doing it

Train Your Team All leaders have a constant challenge of how to have their team members perform tasks that are up to their expectations. It seems so simple to us, but sadly we are becoming less and less satisfied with the outcomes. When I am speaking to groups from our industry, I love asking the question, “Are the people you are attracting now better or worse than five years ago?” Every time I get the same response, the people we are attracting are worse than five years ago. If everything rises and falls on leadership, and it does, that speaks
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Leadership Training – Exciting Future 

Passionate Trainer and Change Leader  Leadership training is a passion for me. I have been working in the aggregate, mining, trucking, and construction industry for almost 40 years. It is because of this that I have been recognized as one of the most successful leadership trainers. I have a very deeply held passion for helping people maximize their personal and professional goals. Helping you succeed is my goal.   Remote Learning COVID 19 has caused the cessation of groups of people being able to hold large events. Our Team very quickly realized that moving to remote learning would be especially important.
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Attracting and Retaining Employees

There is no quick and dirty solution on how to attract and retain the next generation of employees, but in fact, it all relies upon leadership. Many people are quick to label Millennials as people who fail to show loyalty to one company, like it is a negative reflection on them. The fact of the matter is that people generally don’t leave a company, they leave a leader. In order to show the type of leadership that people desire and respond to, we need to keep in mind three key topics: Attracting, Retaining, and Investing. Here is what you need
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Leadership Events in Ottawa!

You don’t have to wait for Live2Lead in the fall, Ottawa hosts many great leadership opportunities throughout the year! Like Live 2 Lead Ottawa, Leadercast and The Global Leadership Summit are simulcast events that features many great speakers and an opportunity to network with industry leaders in business, not-for-profit, and government from our great city. Coming up quickly on May 5th, Leadercast aims to strengthen the community and has contributed over $36,000 over the past 4 years, with this year’s net proceeds going to the Ottawa Mission. The theme for this one day event is Powered by Purpose: “Purpose is
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Upcoming Workshops with OCA

I am very excited to announce that I will be doing two full day workshops for the Ottawa Construction Association (OCA) this Spring! I look forward to seeing many of you there! Construction Leadership 101 – Friday, May 19th, 2017 Success is knowing your purpose in life; growing to your maximum potential; sowing the seeds that benefit others. It is a rather simple recipe yet requires awareness, study, practice and mentoring to achieve. The Four Elements of Success are REAL (Relationships, Equipping, Attitude and Leadership) To be a REAL success it is imperative to RELATE to others better, to take
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Piling Canada Article

In the article written by Lisa Gordon entitled “Changing with the Times”, Piling Canada spoke with three business coaches across Canada (Mike Draper from Toronto, Mark Nesbitt from Ottawa, and Cheryl Dyck from Calgary), gathering tips from each on behalf of the many contractors in the construction industry who feel as though they are stuck in a rut when it comes down to taking chances and making changes in their businesses. What was learned, however, was that “positive change is within reach of any company, providing the leader is willing to roll up their sleeves and make a plan”.  
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Who are you sending to your Leadership Training Camp in the Off Season?

It’s that time of year again – the end of season for most construction and aggregate businesses. Having spent over 30 years in the seasonal industry, I’m very well-versed in the challenges that come with working in this particular trade. For example, one of the most prominent hurdles that the industry faces at this time of year is deciding which employees will be kept on board over the winter months, and who, unfortunately, will have to be laid off due to the inoperativeness of the off season. In all honesty, I have seen mixed reactions from many employees with respect
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The Power of a Great Quote

Quotes are something that we must all recognize and appreciate. A single, inspirational set of words can go so much further than one may anticipate it to – hence their importance. Quotes can help people in varying ways, as each hold a different meaning in the eye of their beholder. With respect to leadership, frequent words of encouragement will not only boost the morale of your team, but will no less make you feel like a better person – a strong leader. Create a quote list. Invite people to “subscribe”, in a sense. Guaranteed you’ll notice a ripple effect: your
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