CEO Coaching: Lessons From The Trenches

Richard Leblanc | Posted 08.30.2016 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

Alcohol problems, drug use, sexual misconduct, financial misconduct, defensiveness, denial, berating of other senior management and directors, litigation, loss of key employees, toxicity and bulling. There is not much I have not seen when I am called in to coach the CEO. And CEO misbehaviour happens in the highest level of corporate Canada. You may be surprised, but I am not.

My Career Changed The Day I Started Focusing On My Strengths

Dr. Ivan Joseph | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Ivan Joseph

I realized that while I was willing to take feedback on my weaknesses, I was not willing to listen to feedback on my perceived strengths. Only upon reflection, I was able to shift my attitude and seek and accept feedback on areas I was expert at. I had to get rid of the arrogant self-talk of "I was the best at this."

The Secret To Cristiano Ronaldo's Success? Super Self-Confidence

Dr. Ivan Joseph | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Ivan Joseph

Self-confidence as a skill that anyone can build, practice and master. It is the belief in your ability to accomplish the task at hand, no matter the odds, no matter the difficulty, no matter the adversity. Self-confidence is like a muscle. The more you practice, the stronger it gets.

What Can A Businessperson Learn From The 2016 Masters?

Jane Blaufus | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Business
Jane Blaufus

I think just about everyone thought that Jordan Spieth (including Jordan himself) was going to win his second Masters and become part of golf history this past weekend. That was until the 12th hole and the longest thirty minutes of a young man's life. As the world watched him struggle on the back nine and make a valiant attempt to recover, some parallels between golf and business struck me.

Parents, Educators Can't Teach Life Lessons For You

Blair King | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Blair King

We have one dad in boy's baseball who, when asked to help out as volunteer umpire, was happily willing to bend the rules in favour of his child's team. What sort of example do you set for your child when he sees his dad make clearly incorrect calls to ensure his team wins?

Coach Taught Me The World Was Mine For The Taking

Andy Juniper | Posted 03.18.2016 | Canada Living
Andy Juniper

Coach passed away last Friday, having fought the good fight against cancer, the scourge of our times. You may not know Coach, but I hope you know someone like him -- a person who pours water on you when you are about to flame out, who picks you up by the scruff of your neck and puts you back on track, who shows you that there is indeed a big, wide world out there.

How To Receive Feedback That Empowers You At Work

Judy Mann | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Business
Judy Mann

Wherever it comes from, whomever it comes from, we have to believe that the feedback is coming from a good place to help us be the best that we can be. Even in times of challenging, difficult-to-hear feedback, there are messages that need to be heard and understood.

How To Give Feedback That Delivers Results

Judy Mann | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Business
Judy Mann

Feedback should be regular, meaningful and authentic. It should help employees, co-workers and mentees grow in their roles; as leaders, as team members, as service providers. It should not be something that's only attached to performance management, feedback and reprimand.

John Candy Sponsored Our Hockey Team When I Was 12

Slapshot Diaries | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Living
Slapshot Diaries

He was our sponsor, with "Candy Productions" on the bottom under my last name on the back of our Georgetown Rep jerseys. We didn't really focus on it too much, at least until John came to a game. This was the first time it hit us: John Candy was in the Orangeville arena to cheer on his team.

Confident People See Setbacks As Feedback

Dr. Ivan Joseph | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Ivan Joseph

Ever wonder why some people crumble when they don't get something right and others take it as motivation to work harder? The best example I have comes from an inspiring and humble source -- a young man named Kyle who traveled from Jamaica to try out for my Ryerson Rams soccer team.

Empower Your Team by Raising Your Expectations

Dr. Ivan Joseph | Posted 09.22.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Ivan Joseph

When Roger Bannister broke the record in the four-minute mile, he achieved what seemed impossible -- But within a year of that breakthrough, 24 other people broke the four-minute mile. What changed?Innovation doesn't happen unless somebody goes out there and sets the path for others to follow. Help your team become trailblazers by constantly encouraging them to go beyond the status go.

The 6 Biggest Problems I See In the Fitness Industry

Taylored Training Fitness | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Living
Taylored Training Fitness

Fitness trainers, coaches and instructors are the front line in the health industry for preventative care. There is more ability in the health industry to change the population for the better than in any other aspect of health care. Yet, it is the wild west of the health. If you are going to be a fitness professional, you must be held to a higher standard of accountability.

Tips for Getting Your Business Back on Track for Fall

Jane Blaufus | Posted 09.03.2016 | Canada Business
Jane Blaufus

One of the things that entrepreneurs often find challenging during the summer is staying focused and on track. Many have confessed to me that one day off for a break led to two, which led to three, which led to weeks off in some cases. Now, they are dreading trying to get the engine up and running again so that September is not a write-off.

4 Ways to Build Self-Confidence and Boost Your Performance

Dr. Ivan Joseph | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Ivan Joseph

Self-confidence is the belief in your ability to accomplish the task at hand. Extensive evidence shows this belief in oneself has positive impact on performance. Research shows that self-confidence is a universal skill that anyone can learn with little effort, not an innate ability reserved for the elite among us.

Make Sure 21st Century Leadership Is Human

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Business
Thomas Gelmi

Employees are expected to perform -- no doubt about that. But how well do leaders make use of their competencies and behavior to create the ideal circumstances and fertile ground for optimal performance?

This World Teachers' Day: Reflecting on the Power of a Great Teacher

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 12.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

Mrs. Szathmary's patience with those of us for whom sports didn't come naturally was endless. She would examine gymnastic routines over and over and over again, offering guidance, support and recommendations on how to do it just a little bit better. Have you had a teacher who changed your life?

Companies Need Better Leaders

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada Business
Thomas Gelmi

Leading people is often seen as a side activity and taken for granted with some people being more talented than others, which is unfortunately still a widespread opinion in many organizations. Indeed, there are huge differences in the quality of leadership. But why is that?

How I Lost and Found Myself

Tanya Raheel | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Living
Tanya Raheel

It's been months since I've felt like writing. On the heels of what can best be described as a shocking life-altering experience on November 3 last year, I simply lost my writing mojo. I needed to stop, get off the proverbial merry-go-round and re-think many things. Wondering exactly what happened to me on November 3?

4 Things Every New Entrepreneur Should Splurge On

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

There are investments you need to make as a start-up -- like design and marketing, for example -- that seem like a non-negotiable no-brainer. But there are other, perhaps less obvious, investments that are important to the long-term success of your business. You need to invest in yourself. Your professional development. Your personal growth.

Put These 8 Leadership Books Under the Tree

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 02.14.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

A quick Google search will yield a number of lists for the best management books, so let's not waste our time on the undisputed classics. Here are a few recommendations that are a little less obvious.

Checking All The Boxes

Dr. Curtis L. Odom | Posted 06.04.2013 | Canada Business
Dr. Curtis L. Odom

I was coaching someone yesterday and we started talking about visionary leadership. We were looking at her 360 results and it was pretty clear to me t...

Training Employees? Take Tips From a Coach

Dr. Curtis L. Odom | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada Business
Dr. Curtis L. Odom

Good coaches have a special quality about them. They are able to get you to a place where you feel confident enough to take on a challenge or comfortable enough to confront an issue. If you are thinking about moving your career along, or are thinking about how to coach someone who is ready to jump, keep in mind the following tenets.

Do Dirty Tactics Equal Leadership in the NFL?

Dr. Curtis L. Odom | Posted 02.19.2013 | Canada
Dr. Curtis L. Odom

The unwritten rule in the NFL is that when players take a knee with the game conceivably out of reach, the other team backs down and lets them. But when the New York Giants Quarterback, Eli Manning, went to kneel down and run out the clock he instead got tripped up by a Buccaneers defensive lineman because the Buccaneers' coach insists that his teams play until the final whistle. Was this a true display of leadership?

We Need More Tough Coaches Like Mike Spracklen

Kristina Groves | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada
Kristina Groves

Central to the departure of coach Mike Spracklen from Rowing Canada, it seems, was his style, methods and standards. By all accounts, it was not an entirely agreeable decision to let him go. What does it say about a system that caters to the chirpers and prodders who didn't achieve what they wanted, instead of propping up the ones who got the results?

What to Look for in a Great Business Coach

Deborah Nixon | Posted 10.09.2012 | Canada Business
Deborah Nixon

Finding the right coach can mean the difference between not only loving your business/career/sport or not. It can mean the difference between success and failure. The wrong coach can take your aspirations and crush them. The right coach can take your doubts and lead you to victory. Here are some tips for you to think about when considering hiring a coach.