Unleashing the Power

Unleash Your Power Unleashing the PowerMy wife and I were recently in England at the time the Paralympics were being held. The athletes were people with obvious physical impairments, but who chose to exercise other gifts they had been given, and achieve world recognition. It was really inspiring to see a girl with no arms win the 100 metre backstroke in world record time; or a girl suffering from a form of dwarfism win two gold medals, a silver medal and a bronze medal. These people all had decided to focus on the gifts they had been given – rather than succumb to their obvious handicaps.

There are other examples of leadership in action from the non-athletic field. Dr. Stephen Hawking is probably one of the best known examples.He is a man who cannot speak except with the aid of a mechanical device, can’t get out of his wheel chair, except with the aid of a helper, yet is one of the most respected scientists of our time. Against incredible odds this man is fulfilling his destiny, and is just one example of many who are proving that the power is within you, when you choose to exercise the gifts that have been given to you.One of his many quotes is, “I notice that even people who claim that everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”
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NorQuest Weekly Round-up August 16

dreamstimefree 1761191 200x300 NorQuest Weekly Round up August 16There were so many good articles this week about talent management and leadership! Here are our top five favorites:

Fast Company: If Miles Davis Taught Your Office To Improvise
This article was really interesting – comparing the responsibilities of leadership – nurturing spontaneity, creativity, experimentation, and dynamic synchronization – to a jazz improvisation, and the lessons that could be learned from it.

Forbes: 5 Ways Leaders Must Build a Family Environment to Achieve Excellence
Family-owned businesses have higher revenue, employment growth and stablity, with a longer-term view of investment. Additionally, they inspire more trust and commitment in their employees.  This article suggests modeling a family approach to leadership by establishing a foundation of trust and a cultural promise to unite as one and to perform with purpose and the healthier whole in mind.
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NorQuest Weekly Round-up August 2

dreamstimefree 238735 200x300 NorQuest Weekly Round up August 2What are our favorite articles this week about leadership and talent management? We’ve listed them here for you!

Fast Company: 30 Second MBA
Craig Donato, Founder And CEO, Oodle, addresses the question of “What do you do about the rogue, the bully, the diva on a team?” in this short video clip.

HBR Blog: Let’s Bring Back Accountability
An interesting article that defines what accountability actually means, and methods leaders and teams can apply it to meet goals and satisfy clients.
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Communication: Still a Two Way Process!

Communication Skills Communication: Still a Two Way Process!In today’s work world we have a plethora of communication devices to help in communicating – sometimes too many! But, in the final analysis, it is still the basic effective communication skills that will create a culture that is vibrant, enthusiastic and forward moving. Effective leaders communicate support and advice to their team. They probe constructively when things go awry, and they do not play the “blame game”.

When a team leader encourages this atmosphere, people are not afraid to offer up ideas, or disagree with ones that are put forward. This leads to a motivated atmosphere of productivity and increased revenue.

Many people fail to realize that their success in a leadership position stands or falls on their ability to communicate. Effective communication will build an efficient and productive organization. It is the relationship between team members and their leader, built on both trust and respect that builds strong relationships and a highly effective team.
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Delegating: A Leader’s Dilemma

Delegation Delegating: A Leader’s Dilemma   When faced with a new or additional task, the leader has three options: do it; delegate it, or forget it! There are a lot of potential consequences attached to that 3rd choice, so a better alternative would be to do it, or delegate it. Trying to do everything yourself, on the egotistical assumption that you can do it better, is a recipe for long term failure!

Delegation, on the other hand, can help to build team member skills and develop motivation. It has the potential to strengthen the team and build a more effective organization.

In today’s fast paced, and ever changing business environment, one of the leader’s many challenges is the maximization of resources. Leaders must be constantly developing new talent. One of the best ways to do this is through delegating tasks.
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NorQuest Weekly Round-up July 12

dreamstimefree 186042 300x200 NorQuest Weekly Round up July 12Here are our some of our favorite articles about leadership and talent management from the past week:

Inc.com: 10 Habits of Remarkably Charismatic People
Charisma isn’t always about being flashy and drawing attention, it’s about paying attention. Here, the 10 habits of remarkably charismatic people are listed, attributes even the shiest among us can develop.

HBR Blog: CEOs Need to Get Serious About Sales
This article argues for leader to put sales management at the heart of their agenda, versus focusing their energy on driving performance improvement across many parts of the organization.
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Am I Too Old?

(Note: This post was written by my wife and business partner, Doreen.)

Am I Too Old Am I Too Old?    Recently I heard a minister speaking about his reaction to his retirement. He questioned himself, “Am I really retired?” He then asked, “At this time of life- am I too old?”

Do you find yourself saying “I am too old?” Is age your excuse for not doing things?

Edward Smith, motivational speaker, and author wrote,

“Don’t use “I am too old” for an excuse. People that were “too old” have accomplished many of the greatest achievements in the world. If you say you are “too old”, you are giving up growing and living, and it is just one more excuse for not doing something. Usually being at the point where you are “too old” means you have an incredible base of knowledge and experience and at the very least you have discovered the many ways NOT to do something. It would be a real waste not to use this for you and share it with others. You are never “too old” to be your best.”

Look at:

  • Frank Stronach, the 79 year old Austrian-Canadian businessman. As the founder of Magna International in Aurora, Ontario, and Magna Entertainment Corp., he is still receiving many accolades for his contributions to technological education, technical skills training and entrepreneurship.
  • Betty White, the 90 year old American actress, comedian and former game show host, was recently a guest host for TV’s Saturday Night Live. Now, 6,000 fans on Facebook have put forward the idea of her being the next host for the Academy Awards.
  • Bob Crossley, author, painter, and a 93 year old friend of mine (now deceased), still skied each year in Switzerland into his 90’s, because he believed he was able, physically, mentally and emotionally.  His style and technique might not be as great as in earlier years, but that did not stop him.

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