What’s love got to do, got to do with it? – Is There a Place for Love in Leadership?

“A company is stronger if bound by love than by fear,” the late Herb Kelleher, co-founder, CEO and Chairman of Southwest Airlines, once said. I remember very clearly the first time I heard the word “love” uttered in a leadership context. I was about to teach a workshop on leadership to a group of up-and-coming junior officers. Before being introduced, the unit leader told the room full of mostly men they needed to love the people they were responsible for leading. You could have heard a…

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What Do I Think About On Remembrance Day

I am often asked about my thoughts about Remembrance Day. I don’t often share because everyone has a story, and many have gone through more than I could imagine. This year I thought I would share a story: after returning to Canada from a tour, a unit had arranged for families to be united with their soldiers at the terminal on the Trenton airbase. There were emotional and tear-filled reunions going on everywhere, and a friend had arranged to meet his wife and 5-year-old daughter on…

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Money In Your Pocket – What Happens When You ‘Bump’ Into One Trauma To Many

Colonel George E. Renison was a WWII hero, Chairman of WH Smith Books and Chancellor of the University of Waterloo. He led a life with a scope and breadth that reads like a historical novel. I was lucky to have known him, shared a glass with him, dined with him, and had many a wonderful conversation with him. I am not sure how the subject came up, but we once talked about what was known in his day as battle stress. Now we understand it as…

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