Blog

19
Jan

Corporate Universities

The clarion call is loud and clear, “as talent becomes the primary source of competitive advantage, companies must excel at attracting, developing and retaining the talent they need”.  And the good news is… corporate universities are emerging as a major vehicle to confront shrinking talent pools. Corporate Universities: An Engine for Human Capital We recently completed a research review of Corporate

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1
Jan

Managing the Impact of Change

Managing the Impact of Change | We formed Lighthouse NINE Group to help organizations improve their performance. Through our work, we are acutely aware that nothing creates leadership insomnia more than the strain of dealing with change. At Lighthouse NINE Group, we emphasize a grass-roots approach to managing change, where employee engagement is critical to success. We believe this is the best

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19
Dec

What’s In It For Me?

I love puzzles – I get a real kick out of seeing the pieces and patterns come together. My recent experience (aka obsession) with the game Two Dots TM has helped show me how different generations respond so differently to the same reward. Me, I like to prove that I’ve mastered each level by achieving the goal level three times before

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1
Dec

The Power of Being Purposeful with Positive Primes

I recently completed a virtual course on Positive Psychology. It is a rising area of study that is making waves, especially in the coaching world. Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, offered the course during which she shares an evidence based approach to being positive and flourishing. One of the most critical learnings I took away from the training is the importance

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30
Oct

Communicating Your Vision With Power

Sounds easy, but we can take for granted the impact and potential that frequent and targeted communication can have within organizations. A strong vision provides a sense of purpose for employees, a reason to go the extra mile, to go beyond expectations and really drive for results. Clarity on how the organization will embrace the future, what will change and

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2
Oct

Getting Over the Conference Call Blahs

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10
Sep

Taking the Pain Out Of Strategy Execution

In a recent blog we highlighted what we consistently see as the top 5 pitfalls in executing strategy. The fix may be easy but not without the right amount of attention and focus. The following outlines what needs to happen to ensure success. Communicate strategic initiatives and goals through the entire organization: At every opportunity help employees see how they

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28
Jul

Avoiding Pitfalls of Strategy Execution

In recent surveys it was noted that only 5% of organizational workforces understand strategy. Alarming? Perhaps. It is certainly worthy of further discussion. We might think that if it’s the 5% at the top of the organization then maybe it’s OK. However, senior leaders who understand strategy execution know better.   If you are serious about rallying the organization around strategy there

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14
Jul

Why Are We So Scared to Build Change Skills?

Imagine yourself as a leader inviting your team to a training session on effectively managing change.  You have the best intentions.  You want your team to understand change; how to effectively lead, manage and excel during change.  You announce the training to your team and BOOM!  The rumour mill is awash with stories of pending changes, each one more outlandish

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16
Jun

A Call to Canadian Packaged Goods Companies: “Stop talking trade spend, start acting trade investment”

In March when Loblaw announced it had completed the acquisition of Shoppers Drug Mart, I read many articles where industry watchers prognosticated how great the merged company would be for Canadian consumers. My point of view was quite different. Leading up to this moment we have seen a long trend of Canadian retailer consolidation from over 20 with scale, to

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