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What Motivates Your People to Do Their Best? Interview with Jeremy Bailey

[fa icon="calendar'] April 24 / by Anthony Taylor

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Jeremy Bailey, the Creative Director for Product at FreshBooks, (an online accounting system for small businesses) joined us to chat about strategy, leadership and culture and how these help influence creativity and customer service. Jeremy shares insights on how critical thinking and team building can help organizations align their teams with their mission, empowering them to make decisions, as the organization grows. 
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Working With Mediocrity, Millennials, and Technology: This Month in Strategy April 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] April 21 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, Business strategy, Leadership, team building, management

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What is Strategic Planning Facilitation? (and why it will save you money)

[fa icon="calendar'] April 19 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Strategic planning

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Strategic planning facilitation is when you hire a facilitator from outside your organization to lead your strategic planning meeting for you.

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The Importance of Story Telling and Your Strategy: Interview with Greg Oyhenart

[fa icon="calendar'] April 14 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning

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Greg Oyhenart, the senior VP of Corporate Development and the Chief Strategy Officer of a BC financial institution, joined us to chat about developing strategy and leading teams. Greg has worked with a variety of orgnizations, from small businesses to midsize enterprises, across a variety of sectors. Through this, he has found parallels across industires for the best ways to lead teams, manage organizations, and implement strategy. Taking strategy back to simplicity, Greg references the father of modern management, Peter Drucker, and some of his key secrets that still work, over 40 years later. 

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The Importance of Culture in Fostering Organizational Growth: Interview with Jane Watson

[fa icon="calendar'] April 04 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Business strategy, Leadership, culture

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Jane Watson,the Head of People at Actionable (, chatted with us about organizational culture, and its relationship with strategy. With experience across many sectors, Jane has worked with a multitude of teams and people, and has worked in the HR sphere for over 15 years. When it comes to organizational culture, there are a few key takeaway learnings: 
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  • Culture cannot be created or simply redesigned; it's not a top down decision. Culture manifests through a reciprocal process, and can be fostered and adjusted through communication, collaboration, and behavior reinforcements. 
  • Fostering a culture that reflects your organizational values and strategy is important. Make sure to reward behaviors that encourage what you're trying to accomplish. 
  • Treat your team like responsible adults; that's what they are. 
  • Rather than acting as an enforcement arm, leadership teams, management and HR, should instead work together with teams to support their growth. 

Listen to our full podcast interview with Jane Watson below, where she goes into depth about the importance of aligning strategy, performance and your team.  

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Spring Strategy Survey - Win a Coaching Call

[fa icon="calendar'] April 01 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, Business strategy

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Spring is a great time to revisit your organizational strategy. Whether you're wanting a complete overhaul, or are looking for new ways to engage your employees and improve your culture, aligning your team on your organization's mission, vision and goals is a great place to start. 

We want to hear how we can best help you achieve your strategic planning goals this season. We've put together a short, three question survey, that takes one minute to fill out. All completed surveys will be entered into a draw for a free one hour strategy coaching call. Draw will take place April 17th. 

Fill out the survey & enter the draw!

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How to create a (best) culture where employees want to stay: With Shane Wright

[fa icon="calendar'] March 21 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Leadership, case study, culture, podcast, strategy

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In this edition of the Strategy and Leadership PodcastI interview Shane Wright of Paladin Security.

Shane is the Director of Operations, Vancouver Island, at Paladin Security Group Ltd., and he has been with the company for 6 years. What I appreciate about this conversation is hearing about some of the tactics Paladin used to develop the people in their organization, and how Shane was able to follow a set growth trajectory.

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This Month In Strategy - March 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] March 18 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, team building

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We’re nearing the official end of Winter (in the Northern Hemisphere at least), and most of us throughout North America have seen some strange and extreme weather this year. It can be tough to focus on strategy and team building when the days are cold and dark.

People may feel busy, tired, and overwhelmed and just want to rush home at the end of the day. It’s important to remember that even in the darkest winter months, relationship building and keeping a focus on your strategy and team is as important as ever.

This month, I’ve chosen some fun articles and podcasts about strategy, decision making, leadership and team building. Remember: without your people, you can’t execute a strategy!

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10 things you can do today to improve your strategic planning and alignment.

[fa icon="calendar'] March 13 / by Anthony Taylor posted in strategic management, alignment

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Developing your team , creating your strategic plan, and building your culture are all moving targets; there’s no "finished result", but rather endless opportunities for growth and development.

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What does culture mean (to you) in 2017?

[fa icon="calendar'] March 08 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Leadership, culture

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Every organization has a culture. Yours does too.

Some organizations care about "culture" more than others.

When you hear "culture"  what comes to your mind?

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