Category Archives: Thoughts

  • Response To: Hiring for Diversity



    As someone who’s hired A LOT of people in the past, Sky Northern Security Alliance’s founder and CEO, Michael Argast, had some thoughts about Robert Murray’s October blog on hiring for diversity. Here’s what he had to say: How Do You Account For and Address Unconscious, or Prevent Conscious, Biases? Often ‘best candidate for the job’ [...]

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  • The Role of Emotions in Business



    We’ve all heard a version of it.  Don’t have emotions in business. While many consider it a best practice, I would like to offer an alternative thought… Emotions in business are vital. If you’re more emotionally connected to your computer than people, perhaps this isn’t the post for you. But if you are like me and feelings [...]

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  • The Secret Ingredient to Create Trust in the Workplace



    At work, we depend on one another to be consistent and dependable.  Both are very important attributes to building trust in the workplace.  But what about when a person is consistent AND dependable but you still aren’t able to trust?  My theory:  congruency.  Why? Because it’s how I define that ‘hinky’ feeling I get when [...]

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  • Another Brick in the Wall… My Thoughts on Integrity



    For many years, I was a banker. I worked in many locations, carrying out many roles, in areas of high trust and integrity. Although it shouldn’t, when a scandal in the financial sector occurs it still shocks me. That started me thinking about who we trust and why. How the way we view an individual, can [...]

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  • The IT Unicorn and the BOX



    I recently had the privilege of speaking at a TEC Group on a topic that I’m rather passionate about: Supercharging a Business Using IT.  It was a great experience – I love helping executives see beyond IT being a bunch of computers or applications and understanding ways to harness them to create value for their [...]

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  • Emotional Leadership



    Every human on the planet makes decisions emotionally first.  It is only after the emotional commitment that we then back up our decision with data.  This is why embracing emotional leadership is worth your time. Those that say otherwise will lie about other things too. The Brainstem Our brains are wired into a number of different areas, [...]

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  • Mastering Your Story for Successful Negotiations



    This is a guest blog post by FX Risk Consultant Pascale Hansen. By mastering your story and your emotions in combination with the questions outlined in Pascale’s Mastering your Mindset For Successful Negotiations post, you’ll be putting yourself in a far better position to negotiate a win-win outcome. Our emotions are the driving force behind our accomplishments. [...]

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  • Disconnect to Generate Greater Clarity and Creativity



    When was the last time you came up with a brilliant, out-of-the-box idea while you were sitting at your desk?  Do you struggle to generate greater clarity and creativity?  If you are like me, the chances of you having that eureka, thunderbolt moment of creativity hit you, making you stand up in your cubicle or [...]

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  • 14 Strategies for Networking Success



    This is a guest blog post by FX Risk Consultant Pascale Hansen. Relationships form the core of our human lives. No one has ever been successful alone, which is why networking is so important. Networking is essential to personal and professional success; as who you know always matters.  If someone you know and trust recommends you [...]

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  • Do I Really Need to Set Goals?



    ‘I Have No Time for Setting Goals’ When I am coaching other executives, I often hear them say to me that they focus hard on setting direction for the business and governing the plan. However, they often confess to not setting personal goals. When I ask, “why not?” they answer: “I don’t have time for that.” Time [...]

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