Tree planting and the psychology of business success

It’s time you set some goals, tracked your progress and celebrated your successes

Tree planting and the psychology of business successTim Gilbert told me it would be tough but I never realized how tough tree planting was until I stood in the bush in the middle of nowhere, bugs swarming around my head, as I was exposed to the raw elements of a northern spring. With my bag of trees strapped across my hips, shovel…

You can’t pay people to excel. The hard work of soft skills

The leader's job is to encourage people to excel by using the soft skills needed to create an atmosphere of caring, trust and inclusion

You can’t pay people to excel. The hard work of soft skillsAt a claim office of about 125 employees, the head of Human Resources spent the day observing the local manager. Not only had the office ranked high on productivity, but this particular manager had received fantastic feedback on her company's Leadership Measurement survey. So the HR executive was curious to watch her interact with employees…

Protect your intellectual property from the get-go

As the global economy continues its historic shift from raw materials and manufacturing to knowledge-based, a company's valuation is completely taken up by IP

Protect your intellectual property from the get-goIntellectual property, or IP, is often underestimated or misunderstood – at least in the world of entrepreneurs. How you manage your IP can make or break your venture. IP is 'creation of the mind' and includes patents, copyrights, trademarks, industrial design and trade secrets. Every business is based on an idea, from ground-breaking research that…

Your guide to unsticking your team’s potential

How to deal with three team-member dysfunctions that can get in the way of team effectiveness

Your guide to unsticking your team’s potentialThe 'team' is probably the most complex and irritating relationship in an organization. As individuals, we seem to be able to work with most people one-on-one, perhaps in groups of threes, and also as an entity of hundreds and even thousands. Where we struggle most is when there is a medium-sized group of us clustered…

Are your employees fogged in?

When we determine achievable goals and develop workable plans to reach those goals, our teams get clarity. And that brings productivity

Are your employees fogged in?The city had been socked in with a heavy layer of fog for weeks when I decided to drive up to an area I hadn’t been to before. As I climbed through the layers of cloud, I wondered where I was going and why people would live up such a steep hill. But as I…

The lessons every business can learn from Las Vegas

Build on your strengths to keep customers coming back, diversify in order to expand and increase your margins

The lessons every business can learn from Las VegasLas Vegas has grown from humble farming beginnings in the middle of the desert to an oasis that captures the imagination and money of people from all over the world. You might be one of the 40 million people who visited Las Vegas last year or one of the hundreds of millions who have been…

Capitalism has its own moral virtues

Dictating social outcomes for corporations is unnecessary and unproductive

Capitalism has its own moral virtuesIn a time where capitalism is under attack from several directions, it’s also being undermined by the very individuals and organizations that should be defending it. The Business Roundtable, a group of chief executive officers of more than 100 of the largest publicly traded corporations in the United States, recently issued an open Statement on…

Would you like fries with that?

Increase your average sale by getting customers who are already purchasing from you to buy a bit more and watch your sales go up with little effort or cost

Would you like fries with that?My wife Margaret is average, so she says. She tells me that she’s average height, age and bone size for a woman. However, I must say as she left the house this morning with her pants riding several inches above her ankles, she didn’t look normal. I know she was thinking that her husband had…

Caring hearts are key to leadership

Dan Gaynor of Gaynor Consulting Inc. talks about what makes a good leader

Caring hearts are key to leadershipDan Gaynor is president of Gaynor Consulting Inc. Tell me a little bit about your business and what you do? Gaynor: My work these days is all about helping organizations develop stronger, more satisfying teams through improved leadership. I focus on sharing the timeless and practical skills I believe have always set the best leaders…

Procrastination and the art of dodging work

It certainly makes sense to prioritize your tasks and skip work that offers little overall value. But failing to fulfil commitments won't get you ahead

Procrastination and the art of dodging workI had a hard time writing this article. I’m not sure if it was fatigue or laziness, but I procrastinated even sitting down at the computer until almost the last minute. I had excuses, distractions, a nap and a few squirrels to chase on social media. I even saw something that said Bill Gates, or…