Archives for Leadership

Retention is the New Acquisition

To many, the New Year is a time of reflection and change that brings forth anticipation for new beginnings. While there is no doubt that “new” does sound luminous, when it comes to your team members, the grass is not always greener on the other side. In fact, many workplaces are now showing that retention is the new acquisition. As leaders, we are tasked with “watering our own grass” and building off of the excitement that the new year brings to make our team stronger and more motivated in a time of change. Working to retain our people is the
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Getting Charitable With Your Team This Holiday Season.

The holiday season is among us, and with it comes feelings of joy, excitement, and goodwill. Particularly relevant today, many people are feeling eager to get out and enjoy the festive season to the fullest, after many holidays being sidelined while our country searched for ways to cope with a global pandemic. This year, with parades returning to the streets, gatherings allowed, and employees heading back to work, many people are feeling connected and engaged during the holidays once again.  For businesses, however, the excitement may be short-lived if their leaders don’t get proactive. Many employees experience heavier workloads, distractions,
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Attraction and Retention: The Importance of Day 1 Onboarding

Retaining employees is arguably one of the most important parts of leading a successful team and business. Sifting through resumes to interview viable candidates and find the employee that fits in best is one thing, but getting a new employee to stick around takes ongoing dedication to your team.    When retention is low, it comes with many costs and consequences. Our team members hold specific knowledge, and often create a groove working with one another; When turnover is high, we experience a knowledge loss and effective teamwork suffers. However, higher employee retention leads to greater productivity, increased revenue, quality
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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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