5 Steps You Can Use To Build a “First Team” Mindset

Credit to: Patrick Lencioni & The Table Group for the "First Team" concept and  Dalmau Consulting for the image I loved my job. I was part of a powerful and effective executive team, to whom I was loyal. I had no problem identifying that they were the team I was personally responsible for and accountable for. They were my ‘First Team.’ I had built my own team into a great team. People took on some of the most complex projects you could imagine and not just…

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3 Tips To Be Exceedingly Human When Facing Cruel & Pointless Mindgames

“COVID-19 is like running a marathon with no finish line. In any feat of endurance, humans want to see the goal – and in the pandemic, we’re not there yet, despite the breakthroughs in vaccine research. Staying in the moment might be better for us than fantasizing about a future just beyond reach.” – The Globe & Mail. A cruel and pointless head game. When I was a young soldier, we were sent out an endurance test. Fully loaded with our rucksack and equipment, we walked…

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Moral Courage: The Most Important Leadership Characteristic

I often work with people who are transitioning from follower to leader. The one question that always comes up is: What characteristic makes a good leader? I tell them the answer is moral courage.  I have come to realize I was never as concerned about my boss' technical expertise as I was with their moral courage, honesty, and ethics. Coincidentally, Abacus Data shared the results of a poll examining Canadians opinions of the leadership, answering the question by saying: "Leadership can be hard to define –…

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