Archives for Leadership

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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The Checklist Manifesto

When you have an idea that you’d like to explore, or are about to complete an important task(s) do you keep track of its completion? Its successes? Its opportunities? The significant value of utilizing a checklist is something that can often be forgotten about or considered beneath our capabilities. Why bother with a checklist if everything is already mapped out for us in our minds? Wrong. And I’ll tell you why. Kudos to Kevin Pattison at the TPS Group in Sudbury, ON for recommending that I read “The Checklist Manifesto”. If you have yet to hear of this incredible book,
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Leaders are Speeders

Learn the importance of becoming a strong, efficient, and capable leader.  Leadership is something that, with diligent practice and proper training, can be encouraged and grown. This video embodies the concept of being “up to speed” with your own personal leadership abilities, as well as being mindfully aware of the pace in which your teammates are “driving” alongside you. As a leader, you must first grow yourself – become a speeder – in order to grow your people and, in turn, your business. Give your teammates the opportunity to grow as you see fit – don’t hold them back. According
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Could John C Maxwell be the secret to Hendrick Motor Sports’ winning success?

For those of you who are major NASCAR fans like myself, you likely know all too well that in the past decade or so, Hendrick Motor Sports has completely dominated the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Not many can compare to their unbeatable, competitive force. Likewise, for those of you who have read Success Magazine, you will likely be familiar with reoccurring face of the #48 Lowes Chevy, Jimmy Johnson, and with good reason: his driving capabilities and untouchable talents have made him quite recognizable to the readers of Success as he, himself, is a well-rounded, successful champion. Rick Hendrick, the
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Sudbury and Ottawa 2016 Live2Lead Speakers

LIVE2LEAD Ottawa is a half-day, leader development experience designed to equip attendees (executives to new supervisors and entrepreneurs to teachers) with new perspectives, practical tools and key takeaways that will teach them how to become exceptional leaders. People that attend will learn from these world-class leadership experts and will be primed to implement a new action plan and start leading when they get back to the office (or the home). LIZ WISEMAN Researcher, executive advisor, speaker, and President of the Wiseman Group Liz Wiseman teaches leadership to executives and emerging leaders around the world. She is the President of The
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