Blog

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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13
Apr

Is Management Engagement Different than Employee Engagement?

Interesting question. At first blush, many of you would say no. And for the most part, you would be correct. Engaging employees at every level and every area of the company is what engagement is all about. However, the opportunity exists for organizations to go one step further and maximize middle managers as the conduit for nurturing employee engagement. Middle managers

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20
Mar

The Network Imperative is Human

Recently much has been made of ‘big data’, the ‘internet of things’, the importance of ‘extra organizational networks’ in business. Business 4.0. The fundamentals of these dialogues are terrific but are based on one fundamental principle, connectivity. Connectivity increasingly requires technology as an enabler, but it is often presented as an end in itself. The most valuable asset in any

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7
Mar

Being, Belonging and Becoming

A friend just shared with me a recent Sinek ‘IQ Millennials Question’ youtube clip that was very thought provoking. As I thought about Sinek’s call to action, for individuals and corporations to better understand an often-misunderstood generation, I reflected upon my personal culture/leadership philosophy. One which I believe within companies should be modelled by senior leaders and can be initiated

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26
Jan

Greg Smith Appointed to Partner

Greg Smith joins Lighthouse NINE Group to head up the Leadership Development and Coaching Practice Greg is a senior business leader who has thrived in challenging business environments for more than 25 years while achieving results that are in line with the required strategic and cultural transformation. His multiple industry experience and expertise in strategy formation, organizational design, leadership development and

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23
Jan

The Big Data Dilemma

Do you feel buried in too many reports, enslaved by dashboards and lost in the red, yellow and green of scorecards?  Do you feel like your company has the data you need but just doesn’t quite know what to do with it?  If you are feeling overwhelmed by ‘big data’, you are not alone.  In a recent MIT research study

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