Tag Archives: Leadership

Beyond the Gold Star Gesture: Recognition & Acknowledgement

My experience as a longtime volunteer to a variety of social and non-profit organizations got me thinking about how leaders rewards its teammates to encourage and develop organizational culture. In a recent dual role as volunteer board member and team leader for an industry association, I made it a point to note the interests and reasons […]

Highlights of Lessons Learned from 2014

Looking back on blog posts from the past 12 months there was so much to be learned. Here’s a roundup of five lessons learned from 2014. To read on about how I came across these gems of knowledge you can find related blog posts for these particular lessons referenced in their corresponding links. 5. Wearable […]

The Upside of Being Thrown in the Deep End

Be it a job or a favor, have you ever felt you’ve not understood all there is to an opportunity before committing to it? Perhaps you were distracted by the proverbial dangling of the carrot, be it the payoff or benefits. Or, maybe, you thought you were being of service to a friend. Then, only […]

Fall Reading List 2014 – The Humble Side of Leadership

At the tale (pun intended) end of summer I was asked to take on a lead volunteer role. Unbeknownst to me, I had just cracked open an inspiring read on leadership (please see below for more). Crazy coincidence? Or, is this the world’s way of sending me a message? Who knows. Either way this leads me […]

Strategies for Difficult Decisions

While some of us are decisive, others will avoid making decisions of any kind if they can help it. The majority of us land somewhere in between. The ease or challenge of selection often depends on current context and foreseeable outcomes, as well as interpretation of priorities, but even this ordering is a decision of […]

Lessons We Can Learn from Great Organizations: Disrupting the Family

I spend a lot of late nights cultivating relationships with family and friends. Like any another evening, I was speaking to a close confidante, Peter (Pseudonym), about his issues in relating. He yearns to have a good relationship with his extended family members, but he’s not sure if it’s possible. He’s also afraid of rejection […]

Brand Awareness: A Socially Savvy Venture

Brand awareness is essential to engage customers and to let them get to know you. With a brand developed, how do you convey it to your audience? Communication is key (more on that from Harvard Business Review’s Blog). An organization’s brand should be integrated in everything from marketing collateral to a company’s employee handbooks, policies […]

The Connoisseur’s Fall Reading List 2013

Dare I say the dreaded word, but the changing colors of falling leaves don’t lie, autumn is here. With chillier evenings and rainier days to come, the perfect way to spend time indoors is curled up with a good read (whether you enjoy paper or paperless copies, though I encourage you to pay it forward […]

The 4 Week Challenge: Volunteerism & Community

Putting thoughts and words to action is what volunteering is about, it’s a way to uplift a community, a chance to become part of a solution. From April 21st to April 27th, Canadians across the country are celebrating National Volunteer Week (NWW). Volunteering should be fun and be a way to contribute to professional development, […]