Blog

29
Nov

Diagnosing Organizational Effectiveness

Has it ever happened that you put a new structure in place, or add new resources only to find that the same problem continues to surface? Perhaps the issue wasn’t the structure, but instead one of strategy. Or perhaps you have the right structure but with the wrong rewards? At Lighthouse Nine, we work with companies who are constantly trying

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16
Nov

Tapping into Your Most Trusted Resources

Employees – Your Most Trusted Resource We recently attended a conference showcasing the results of the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer. Most of the results shared focused on a decline in trust across business and government. This is not likely a surprise to you, nor was it to us. However, a key finding that did resonate with us here at Lighthouse

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17
Oct

Culture Change: The Messy Process of Measuring the Unmeasurable

Your corporate culture is the collective pattern of values, behaviours, and the unwritten rules of your organization.  It is how your organization truly operates and it is critical to your success. There has been a lot of literature over the years focused on helping companies define or harness their corporate culture but have we determined how to truly measure, and

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4
Oct

Is Putting People First Really Important?

‘Jim Hamerling said in his Ted Talk “5 Ways to Lead in an Era of Constant Change” that this was the era of ‘always-on transformation’. We continue to hear organizations talk about ‘too many initiatives’, ‘change fatigue’, ‘the Head Office is not listening’, and ‘this is just a downsizing being called a transformation’. As Jim observes ‘always-on transformation’ sounds exhausting. How

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19
Sep

HR Influencer Workshop – October 2017

In May, we launched an exciting new program called the HR Influencer Workshop. This workshop included a 2-day intensive program, supported by three months of HR-focused coaching and skills building webinars. The program was well received with all participants rating the workshop as exceeding expectations in both content and applicability. It has been rewarding to see the immediate practical impact

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5
Sep

Values in Action

Organizations often embark upon a journey of value definitions with very good intentions. All eyes are focused on the destination – a list of value words or phrases that are framed, put on websites or included in email signature lines. Too often we see the work and effort fade away once they’ve moved on to the next ‘must have’ item

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7
Aug

It’s Time to Change the Conversation on Equality and Diversity

While in recent decades there have been huge strides towards creating gender equality in terms of education, health and workforce participation, the gap in annual earnings between men and women has barely budged over the last two decades.  For too long the discussion on the role of women in business was seen as a philanthropic issue often with leadership development

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6
Jul

What is Your “Go-To” Conflict Mode?

I recently worked with a leadership team who was striving to improve their collaboration.  They had a consistent pattern of decision-making that did not encourage or even allow for collaboration on crucial business imperatives.  Many thought that this pattern was a result of the work/pressure/stress they were under.  This was only partially true. There are some key ingredients required to

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10
May

Making the Shift from Telling to Listening – How to Talk to Your Team about Change

I recently had a client comment that the most valuable role their leader played during a change in their organization was “patiently listening to me, not correcting or defending, just listening to me as I worked to come to terms with the change”.  The employee was able to move forward as a result of the effective listening skills demonstrated by

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19
Apr

HR Influencers Workshop

We launched what I think is an exciting two-day program for HR Business Partners called the HR Influencers Workshop. After speaking with a number of colleagues, reading many additional articles on the changing role of HR, it became clear that there was an opportunity to provide practical and powerful support for mid-level HR talent. Many in these roles are finding

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