Blog

1
Apr

During Crisis, Focus on ‘What is’ versus ‘What if’

There are always people and businesses who emerge as leaders instead of victims during crisis. Which will you be when you look back on Covid19 at the end of the year? I received some excellent advice recently from my Psychologist wife about the need to focus on what you can control when everything around you seems increasingly uncertain, and decidedly

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9
Mar

Is Your Gut Leading You Down the Right Path?

Years of experience need to count for something, right?  But is your instinct on what decisions to make regarding the path forward for your business really sending you in the right direction?  By Nature, Humans are Poor Decision-Makers  At a basic level, we process information very quickly and seek out only the information required to validate our thinking.  In the

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24
Feb

The Conflict Series: Adrenaline Junkies

Have you ever been surprised and said something along the lines of “Whoa, what’s YOUR problem, you just blew up at me” or “I hate it when they do that”? This is the typical story of any conflict. It seems to just come out of nowhere, without warning. Where Does Conflict Come From? Conflict is usually born out of innocent

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20
Feb

Contributing to the FCPC HR Insights Forum

I had the opportunity last week to speak at the (FCPC) HR Insights forum, a great action-packed forum for HR leaders.   For me, it felt like two worlds being brought together.  Most of my career has been with the sales side of the food and consumer industry and I continue to work with clients in that space, but my exposure

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18
Feb

Getting the Internal Help You Need to Manage Your Change

Transition monitoring teams are nothing new.  William Bridges spoke of them in his book Managing Transitions and Jeannie Duck, author of The Change Monster, also highlighted the value these teams can bring.  So why don’t more companies use these highly effective and engaging teams to assist in their organization transformations? I believe there are two reasons at play.  Some individuals

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10
Feb

Elements of Good Judgement

If you haven’t read HBR’s recent article “Elements of Good Judgement” it has some great insights. Over decades of working with Leaders as an Executive Coach, I have found the best ones do them intuitively, having learned the techniques in a Coaching or Mentoring environment.  Such as… Smart Leaders demand quality rather than quantity in what gets to them. People

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4
Feb

What – No Thank You?

Has our obsession with efficiency rendered the thank-you obsolete? How many of you drop a quick thank-you note after a colleague has supported you? How many of you don’t? And how many of you believe that it doesn’t even matter and have never thought twice about it? (Be honest now…) We are all so busy that sometimes a thank-you feels

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28
Jan

LIGHTHOUSE NINE GROUP ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF A NEW PARTNER – KIMBERLY ROWAN

New Partner, Kimberly Rowan joins Lighthouse Nine Group on January 1st, 2020. Kim will co-lead the Culture and Engagement practice. She will also serve clients in the areas of Leadership Development & Coaching, High Performance Teams, Change Management, Organization Design, and Transformation. Kim is an experienced HR Executive who has lead multi-disciplinary teams on a North American as well as

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13
Jan

LETTING GO, FILLING IN, SHOWING UP

Greg will be speaking at the InnovateWork Toronto meetup on January 30th, sharing insights on “Letting Go, Filling In, Showing Up.” The January InnovateWork Toronto meetup will be hosted at the awesome Wave office and will consider topics related to emotional intelligence, creating safe and happy workplaces, and, recruitment best practices, and aligning people practices with company values. Join HR,

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16
Sep

The Importance of Creating Safe Brave Spaces

Greg Smith shares insights on the Four Critical Components to Enable Safe Brave Spaces. HR pros in Brampton, Mississauga, and Caledon meet up at InnovateWork Peel. Hosted by Aldeen Simmonds, and supported by major GTA and national brands, the Peel chapter hosts meetups for 100+ pros from the 905! For information on how to create Safe Brave Spaces in your

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