Writing and today’s workplace

31/01/2018 Add Comment

Writing has always been an activity with little margin for error.  In ancient Egypt, authors had to very carefully plan their writing, word by word, lest they make an error that required a complete restart with countless hours of rework. Similarly, in the Middle Ages scribes recorded history or wrote letters for their patrons.  The ...

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Turning your Organization into a Talent Hotbed

21/09/2016 Add Comment

In “The Talent Code“, Daniel Coyle defines a model for high performance that examined ‘Talent Hotbeds’ around the world. A common theme in these places was the struggle that is inherent in the learning and talent development process. Organizations can create a high performance environment by utilizing the three key elements found in a talent ...

Strategy to Execution

20/06/2016 Add Comment

Commitment and focus to a company’s strategy tends to start off high. Then nothing gets done… It’s a common pattern: a firm’s leadership or executive team holes up for one or two full days of high-intensity strategic planning at the start of the year, resulting in a set of strategic intentions or priorities to move the ...

John Spence’s Visit to Edmonton

05/05/2016 Add Comment

85-90% of business leaders can’t execute.  That’s according to North American Top 100 thought leader John Spence who was recently in Edmonton and spoke to close to 1000 business leaders at various marquee conferences and seminars.  Even more alarming? He doesn’t see this chronic problem improving.  In fact, he thinks it’s getting worse. Spence, with ...

The Benefits of Pen and Paper in an Increasingly Paperless World

19/07/2016 1 Comments

The concept of a ‘paperless world’ was a bold prediction by George Pake more than 35 years ago. The rise of technology in the workplace is bringing us closer to that prediction. Today we see people attending business meetings with nothing more than their laptop, tablet, or smartphone. The business world is increasingly plugged-in, as ...

What’s your brand experience?

26/05/2016 Add Comment

Company value and your brand A person’s opinion of a brand is like an emotional bank account with a balance that fluctuates up and down. Every positive experience we have with a company/brand is like making a deposit in the account, while every negative interaction is like a withdrawal. These transactions can include human elements, ...

Four Things That Kill Companies

30/03/2016 Add Comment

By John Spence I am doing a strategic planning retreat for a multi-billion dollar company tomorrow and another similar retreat next week. In 2015 I facilitated perhaps a dozen such meetings and here are four key things that I have seen companies struggle with time and time again as they looked at their current performance ...

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