Leading from behind.
The most successful leaders have the ability to “lead from behind.” That is, they are able to motivate and encourage their team to meet the intended goals and objectives, without being involved in every step of engagement. In essence, the team is motivated sufficiently, in and of themselves, without the continuous management and oversight of […]READ MORE
In leadership, less is more.
During the past 18 years I have managed numerous diverse teams across several industries and sectors. There has been one common thread I have dealt with amongst each of these teams: Frustration. The continuing progression of technology has lead to increasing quantities of information to be shared, reviewed and critiqued. It would appear that “more […]READ MORE
Commodity prices are relatively flat, so stop accepting increases.
The continued slowing of economic growth in China, coupled with the slow recovery in the United States is creating a flat market relative to many commodities. You would never guess this is the case relative to the quantity and frequency of price increase notifications being submitted by many both manufacturers. Relative to the plastics industry […]READ MORE
Some decisions require thought.
What was interestingly different during this year’s provincial election campaign was the growing number of groups visibly promoting their chosen candidate on the day of the election. As I travelled from my home to Toronto, I passed through one particular area where several small groups had formed, each cheering and seeking support for their chosen […]READ MORE
What a dentist should know about managing risk.
My wife and I are quite diligent about oral hygiene, and as a result we visit the dentist every six months. Our dentist has built a successful practice at two separate locations, with numerous dentists practicing at each facility. Although this model has allowed him to expand his practice and reach more patients, it has […]READ MORE
Mend your spend.
I recently had an article published in CFO magazine online entitled “Mend your spend. When it comes to procurement, acting like a bigger business can lead to better prices and less risk.”READ MORE
Collaborative techniques to engage stakeholders.
I have received numerous inquiries following our post on Monday, as to successful techniques to build collaboration with both employees, as well as with external parties such as suppliers or customers. Here are eight techniques which can be applied individually, or collectively, to build a collaborative environment: 1. Hold joint meetings with key stakeholders. 2. […]READ MORE
Crazy not to collaborate.
I spoke at the Ontario Public Buyers Association annual conference last week on the topic of collaboration. It’s clear that there is simply too little discussion and collaboration between the public and private sector, and to improve our success, leverage our strengths and learn from each other’s challenges would be an invaluable means to strengthening […]READ MORE