Curiosity Killed The Cat, But It May Help You Survive As A Leader

I've long used curiosity as a tool to help me understand what is happening around me. Now and for the record, a Harvard Business Review and a Price Waterhouse Cooper study confirms that I wasn't just nosy. Research shows that I was attuned to better leadership. During the 2011 Slave Lake wildfires, I led the disaster response. There is a normal ebb and flow to disasters, but at a certain point, the data showed that the need for disaster assistance was falling off. I could have…

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Guest Post — COVID Life: What It Means to Be “Stuck Inside”

I am quite privileged to have a wonderful cadre of brilliant, smart & intelligent friends who surround me. One of which is Carrie Goar. Carrie & her cofounder Beth Thompson have founded a startup app called PwrSwitch. PwrSwitch is a SaaS app for those going through a high-conflict divorce or separation, that documents all your text, email and other communication with your soon-to-be-ex. As one family lawyer put it, “If it’s not evidence today, it will be 3 months from now. Documenting today is like insurance…

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Moral Courage: The Most Important Leadership Characteristic

I've been working with a group who are transitioning from follower to leader. The number one question that 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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