Climbing Your Next Mountain

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Entering into the as-yet-unsullied space of a new year, we are surrounded by invitations to set goals, start new ventures, make big changes and generally transform our lives. Which all sounds great, until about the middle of January at which point we realize that we haven’t set ourselves up for success, and we’ve lapsed back… Read more »

Do you have your Professional New Year’s Resolution?

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Most of us start the year with some ghastly personal resolution that we intend to keep, we keep for the first week of the year, and then, full of guilt… forget. What about our professional resolution… Should we have one? The beginning of the year also provides an opportunity to reflect on how we can… Read more »

The Gift of Feedback

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How we see ourselves, as well as the ways in which we choose to develop, are often greatly influenced by others. If we reflect on our lives, our choices, it is easy to see how the awareness of how we have impacted others greatly influences the person we have become. It is this ongoing ebb… Read more »

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!

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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

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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 »