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Building a Conscious Community

Having a strong support system in place is vital to the process of goal attainment, resilience, adaptability and great leadership. This support system is cultivated……

Conscious Connection

 Deepening your connection with yourself and with others means taking the time to discover what’s missing and trying your best to satisfy those unfulfilled needs.……

Conscious Clarity

Times of challenge and transition call for adaptable and dependable leadership. Learning how to see past both fear and confusion is a surefire way to……

Conscious Communication

Find out why communication is the key to connecting to your ideals, inspiring your team, and moving everyone forward in times of difficulty. When I’m……

Develop Your Leadership Confidence

You’re a leader who holds fast to a vision, and leads by instinct. This is noteworthy because the leaders among us are the ones who……

Making Room For Fun

It may feel like you’ve gone from going with the flow, to gasping for air in a tsunami, but are ‘to sink or swim’ the……

The Silver Bullet

Life in recent times has been stressful and unpredictable but we’re excited to have the opportunity to assist you in taking control of the things……

We’re in this Together: COVID-19

Times of uncertainty can trigger fear and confusion, but it doesn’t have to. Here, you will find tips that will help move you from fear……

Getting Unstuck

Going through the motions, coasting on autopilot, or just feeling plain old stuck–whatever you happen to call this uninspiring state, we all know how it……

4 Ways to Make the Best Use of YOUR Time: and stop feeling exhausted

Life can be hectic and time slows down for no one. Discover 4 practical ways to harness your energy so you can make better use……

How to Better Understand and Resolve Your Triggers

FEELING TRIGGERED? In speaking with someone, have you ever shouted out an impassioned and cutting retort or belted at them a churlish and icy command?……

Meaningful Rituals to Achieve your Resolutions

   When is the last time you started fresh? I mean truly, thoughtfully, found the reset button that’s hidden somewhere deep in the nook of……

From Holiday Panic to Holiday Zen

You’re driving into work with your mind on the proposal that’s neatly tucked away in your bag; the one you stayed up half the night……

Gratitude – For whatever ails you!

No matter what’s wrong with you, my friend, there’s more right with you than wrong. This saying makes me laugh! (and you know how I……

“It’s Not In My Job Description!” – Resistance in Your Team Members

“It’s not in my job description” is a phrase you’ve probably heard many times as a leader. Whether you’ve asked a team member to cover……

How to have a drama free holiday and enjoy it the most

  Tip #1 Gift someone your full attention this holiday season.  How rich would it be to change the status update on all of your……

Got Workmares? (Nightmares about work)

Workmare (n) A nightmare about work. A fear-based dream about your place of employment, roles and responsibilities, co-workers, clients and conflicts. Ex. I had a……

How to Recognize Fear and Create Movement in your Organization

  Organizations and teams follow predictable patterns of behaviour because they are made up of people acting out a story.  And stories have a pattern.……

Authenticity – Letting Go of ‘Knowing it All”

(Click the image to download) Ahh there are really great moments– and other times life can feel overwhelming and stressful. John, a manager wrote: ”I’m……

Do this to reduce anxiety when giving feedback.

  During a recent coaching certification, I had an extraordinary experience practicing methods of giving feedback. Instead of creating thoughts of “you’re not good enough”,……

Authentic Teams: How to clear up issues that degrade relationships and performance

    Have you ever experienced tense moments at work or home when people disagree, over- power, feel intimidated, defend, offend, prove people wrong, prove……

Authentic Leadership leads to Authentic Teams: What makes you real…

We had just finished Day 1 of our Ultimate Leadership Experience session at Le Nordik: a beautiful lodge where our clients come to be really……

The Art of Team Planning

  What if it is this simple… that there are just 5 requirements for you and your team to really feel successful: realize your goals……

Important Holiday Notice

  During holiday season, when I’m on holiday, seeing others on holiday, meeting with people whose people are on holiday, I notice more, and I……

Harassment is Real (and you can stop it)

  The Harassment is Real Whether intentional or not, harassment is as perceived by the recipient.   So if you are, or think you are,……

5 Ways to Give Quality Performance Feedback

      Dislike performance reviews but love giving helpful feedback? A major challenge with performance reviews is that we feel we are being judged……

Create a Shared Vision

It can be stressful, exhausting and near impossible to be high performing all the time. What can you do to regularly assess your individual and……

How To Inspire Your Team During Busy Times

Everyday you set out to meet lofty goals… In your personal life you strive to ‘have a great day,’ meditate, get healthy, be kind to……

4 Steps to Improve Your Performance (in anything).

Are you Underperforming?    The answer is yes.   While your reactive brain may have already told you to disregard the rest of this article,……

5 Ways to Recognize, Celebrate and Engage your Employees!

You can’t always motivate everyone at the same time… but you can create an environment that is motivating. When your work life is busy both stress……

5 ways to get back to happy (and productive) when you need it most!

Are you too busy for happiness?     “The greatest success we will achieve will not be money  or how high we climbed on the corporate……

3 Common Team Challenges and How to Move Beyond Them

  The busier we are, our minds get cluttered and we can grow less patient and less focused. This busy-ness increases the likelihood of being……

Can your communication improve mental health?

  Imagine if you were feeling overwhelmed at work: the workload is increasing, you are understaffed,   there are last minute requests, there are behaviours……

How to Reduce Stress or Anxiety in 1 Minute

Looking for a way to keep calm and stay balanced during conflict? Want a simple way to soothe away tension during a stressful work day?……

3 Conscious Communication Strategies to Reclaim Your Time

  Let’s control our energy and how we experience the time we use.   Purpose To remove the guilt and anxiousness associated with time pressure……

Workplace Stress: 4 Ways to Stress Reduction

Workplace stress is an occupational hazard at any position and in any organization. However, there are a number of ways to reduce workplace stress. Let’s……

How to Overcome Resistance with the PRISE Model Questionnaire

  Could having a model to guide your communication – that minimizes threat reactions (like fear and resistance) and maximizes openness, approachability and engagement –……

Minimize Conflict and Disagreement Blues by Deepening Your Awareness

  I admit, I don’t really want to minimize conflict. I know conflicts and disagreements are going to happen. You know what I really want?……

How to Work with Resistance

Change, conflict, stress and overwhelm can all lead to resistance… … and resistance is one of the most challenging leadership issues you will experience. It……

How to Get Over a Mistake

  If we are supposed to learn from our mistakes, why are we so afraid to make them? Has anyone ever misinterpreted or misunderstood what……

3 Steps to Creating (Conflict) Resolutions in the Workplace and Beyond

  While we often resolve to do something more, better, different at the beginning of a year, we rarely take the time to consider the……

Raise a Little Hell To Get What You Want

  Most everyone we coach thinks that their experience is different from everyone else’s. And they’re right. There’s no one with the exact same reactions as……

Changing Perspective Changes Results

Reframing… sometimes we just need to see things differently.    Reframing is seeing a situation from a different perspective. It can be really helpful in……

3 Steps to Manage Feeling Stretched and Stressed

    Have you ever felt stretched and stressed? Of course you have, as we all experience these responses in our life. Fortunately, we have……

Jim Short on How Startups Can Access Funds, the Importance of Self-Confidence and a 3-Step Process to Improve Engagement and Results

This post is part of the Leadership Interview Program, The Leadership Group’s blog column in which President trevor-stevenson interviews leaders about life and work.  ……

Ben Hart on the Getting Feedback and Lifelong Learning

This post is part of the Leadership Interview Program, The Leadership Group’s blog column in which President trevor-stevenson interviews leaders about life and work.  ……

The Critical Steps in Conscious Communication

Life is about relationships: with others, yourself, your body, nature, the world. The quality of your communication is reflected in these relationships and is equal……

Everyone Has a Bottom Line—What’s Yours?

  In one of our group coaching calls, we discussed “leadership and the bottom line.” Specifically, we brainstormed about how a leader or an organization……

The Call for a Personal Mastery

The Puzzle   Personal mastery is a matter of slowly adding pieces to the puzzle. There will always be questions, but if you adhere to……

Are you spinning?

  As we work with leaders in various roles and types of organizations, one theme that we encounter across the leadership landscape is guilt. Leaders……

The Pillars of Conscious Communication

  To help our clients, The Leadership Group developed the following Pillars of Conscious Communication. Use these tools to transform your relationship with yourself and……

It’s All in Your Head: Workplace Stress and the Brain’s Drain

  Modern neuroscience tells us a great deal about how the human brain functions in specific situations and environments. One of the most enlightening things……

Who wants to learn ‘how to have difficult conversations?’

This is something I hear often yet no one really wants to know how to have DIFFICULT conversations. We want to minimize the difficult part.……

Using the Transformational Power of Conscious Communication to Elevate Your Impact

  We have all bumped up against human nature. Despite our sincere desire to have a positive impact on the world around us, we have……

Why Making Things Happen is Harder Than it Sounds

  “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” – Norman Vincent Peale   In any given workday, anyone in a leadership role needs to……

When the Afternoon Slump is Begging You to Sleep, Try This

We’ve all been there.   It’s Thursday afternoon, and it seems like something as simple as an incoming email could break the camel’s back and……

Are you a Game Changer?

It’s so easy to be busy.  Everyone is busy. If you want to change the “I’m (too) busy” game and the stress and overwhelm that……

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

  It was in 1943 that Abraham Maslow first developed his ever-popular pyramid that prioritized human need and, although there are many applications for the……

How to Accomplish All the Things You Want to Do Each Day

  We are all busy. We all have dozens of tasks to do, a shortage of time to do them and as a result, we……

Set the Right Goals

  Although it may seem counter-intuitive, setting challenging goals is a far more effective tool than setting easily attainable goals. There is, of course, a……

Leadership and Life Lessons

  There is no refund on time—once you’ve spent it, it’s gone.   Using your time more consciously, will give you the edge you need……

Conscious Ways to Experience Better Use of Time

  I have taken time management courses and taught productivity courses for years, yet I still watch myself and others struggle with time’s elusive ways,……

Our Addiction to an Always-on” Culture”

The struggle is real. I don’t need to tell you that our addiction to an “always-on” culture is very high. I don’t even want to……

The Secret About Time Management

“We need to change the way we communicate.” I hear this desire almost daily. This calls for what we call conscious communication:  an integration of……

7 Ways to Use Conscious Communication to Minimize Conflict

  What are you REALLY saying? All day long you compose emails, send texts, lead meetings, contribute on conference calls, debate with your colleagues, connect with clients or……

Conversation (not Discussion): Building Trust Through Talk

In a recent Group Coaching Call, we discussed “motivating higher performance through conversation”. The choice of the word conversation was intentional, and the leaders on the……

Co-Creative Leadership

  As a leadership coach and process facilitator, I’ve had the chance lately to witness effective leadership (and change) as a co-creative process. We’ve written……

Motivating and Encouraging Your Team Towards Common Goals

  Some of our clients run into barriers around motivating and engaging their staff, getting people “on board” with change, or getting support from colleagues……

The Importance of Non-Violent Communication in Leadership Coaching

  “Sticks & stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.” That’s horse apples. Do you remember hearing this as a child? Adults……

The Importance of Creativity to Leadership

We surround ourselves with clients who we constantly challenge to be agile, dynamic leaders, so they can generate new approaches to problem-solving, make things happen……

You Should Stop Being Too Busy

  Do you wear being “busy” like a badge?   Being really busy and being too busy are things we often hear from our clients.……

Leadership Principle: Boost Workplace Morale

There is a high cost to low morale. Maintaining workplace morale can be a big challenge whether you work for the government, Shopify or Google. You……

The Real Risk of Executive Burnout in the Public Service of Canada

You are loyal, your work ethic is high and so are job expectations. You are in the zone! You’re learning, challenged, feel connected and the……

How to Stimulate Innovation Within Your Team

Understanding how our brains are wired, as well as thinking patterns and motivations of individuals is no longer optional—it’s an  essential leadership skill. More than……

Performance Management Best Practices

The Challenge of Performance As a leader, your ability to manage performance has a direct impact on the success of your team. It is critical……

The Art and Science of Taking a Break

Our sense of self-awareness allows us to understand—in real-time—the way we feel and enables us to make adjustments in our behaviour. Conscious leaders know to……

Shine Like a Star…More Often

  There are some days in which we perform better than others. On those days every thing seems to come together naturally and our tasks……

Healthy Holiday Tip #4: Pause and Give Thanks

  Gracias. Thank you. Merci. Thanks bro! Grazie. Danke. Toda. The end of the year is often a time for personal reflection. People spend time……

Leadership Principles: Keeping a Cool Head

  Emotions can cloud our judgement and impede our leadership abilities. Keeping our emotions in check – or keeping a cool head – is a……

Give Yourself the Gift of Attention

  It’s a busy time. You answer emails while keeping one eye on your pinging cellphone. You plan your day while listening to music and……

Lead by Example

  This simple and age-old principle addresses the need for leaders to DEMONSTRATE the behaviours they would like to see in their team. To explain……

Healthy Holiday Tip #2: Smile – It’s Contagious

  Did you know there’s magic in your smile? Smiling can help you find your happy at work and at home, because that simple show……

Getting Through Transition with the PRISE Model

  “The relationship with one’s immediate supervisor is revealing itself to be one of the top drivers of employee engagement.” – Conference Board of Canada……

Practice Humankind””

  Warmer weather is upon us. It’s the most rejeuvinating time of the year, but it can also be one of the more stressful times.……

4 Ways to Create Change When You Most Need It

  If you continue doing the same thing, you will continue getting the same result. The above maxim is so obvious and yet so true.……
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