The Price of Avoiding Conflict

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We often hear about conflict management within organizations, and I don’t imagine it is something that will die down anytime soon.   Recently, the topic resurfaced when I got my own Conflict Management Style results from a Thomas-Kilmann Instrument (TKI).  It seems that my chief way of handling conflict (according to my own answers) was to… Read more »

How to Make Take Your Kids To Work Day…Really Work!

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For over two decades now, on the first Wednesday of every November, organizations across the country see an influx of employees. Thanks to The Learning Partnership’s Take Your Kids to Work DayTM, on this day, more than 250,000 Grade 9 students enter Canada’s workforce. As we become increasingly familiar with the benefits of hands-on learning,… Read more »

Want to be in business in 10 years? Manage your knowledge!

Posted by & filed under Leadership Development.

If it is true that over 40% of organizational value lies in its non-tangible assets (people), and recognizing key people will leave your organization at some point, it is obvious that Knowledge Management, including knowledge transfer, should be one of your critical strategic preoccupations. However, this is not usually the case. Knowledge Management is often… Read more »

How to Act with Courage in Business

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Courage: The ability to do something that frightens one; to act in accordance with one’s beliefs, especially in spite of possible criticism. Any Google search on courage takes us to a long list of children’s books on the topic, so evidently, we value it and do our best to pass it along to children early… Read more »

Waking Up to the Importance of Succession Planning

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In recent years, we have observed many organizations realize the value of developing and promoting internal resources. Reflecting on the work we did 15 years ago, there were significantly more mandates for external selection purposes, than for internal promotion and development. Today, more and more of our clients are investing in developing their emerging Leaders…. Read more »

Creating an Intelligent Organization

Posted by & filed under Business, Organizational Transformation.

A short while ago I met a very successful Entrepreneur, who was preoccupied with the fact that his employees had not mastered basic English, nor could they handle simple math problems. He said his company was “growing stupid”. And, with the constantly increasing sophistication of his business and its customers, he was terrified that the… Read more »

Leadership Values in Organizations

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At MarchFifteen we pay attention to the organizational culture of our clients, and how it relates to the creation of an environment that is successful for employees, customers and their organization as a whole. Since organizational culture is a complex thing, in this blog we want to focus on one of the essential ingredients of… Read more »

How to Make Work-Life Balance Work

Posted by & filed under Positive Psychology at Work, Reflection.

In his 2010 TedxSyndey talk, author Nigel Marsh uses the term “corporate warrior” to describe the classic unbalanced work-life situation – one where work rules and life drools. Not surprisingly, the effects of being overworked can be tremendously negative on both body and soul. So much so, that recently German Labour Minister, Andrea Nahles, has… Read more »

When it Comes to Branding, You Never Can Tell Where Something Will Come From – A Guest Blog by Bob Ramsay

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Here is an interesting take on “personal branding… or not”. Bob Ramsay, in his typical fashion,  provokes an introspection about the personal impact on our surroundings, how it happens and what it means. We hope you enjoy the blog! When it Comes to Branding, You Never Can Tell Where Something Will Come From By: Bob… Read more »

Leading in 2015 and Beyond – MarchFifteen Evolves Its Leadership Assessment Framework

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As businesses are moving towards more global outreach and virtual teams over international locations, the ability to deal with complexity and ambiguity, maintain a strategic perspective, foster engagement, and understand and respect cultural diversity, become key factors for success. Last July, Edyta posted her blog discussing the competencies global Leaders need to succeed. The research… Read more »