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Anthony Taylor

Anthony Taylor is thought leader on strategy and leadership. He's a published author on the subject of entrepreneurship and strategy, Anthony can be found doing keynotes in both French and English. You can connect with him on Twitter @anthonyctaylor and have him work with your team on your strategy and organizational development.

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Why is Frequent Strategic Planning Important for Non-Profits? Interview with Cecilia Reyes of the David Suzuki Foundation

[fa icon="calendar'] June 21 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Strategic planning, organizational development, nonprofit

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Cecilia Reyes, the planning and operations manager at the David Suzuki Foundation, joined us to chat about the importance of strategic planning in the non-profit sector. The David Suzuki Foundation is a Canadian non-profit organization with a head office in Vancouver, and satellite offices in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. Understanding the importance of a well executed strategy for non-profit organizations, especially fairly large ones like the David Suzuki Foundation, Cecilia recently led a strategic planning process to help guide the team and the organization over the next two years. 
Creating a strategic plan? Download our starter kit today!We asked Cecilia to speak to some of her best practices for leading strategy and teams. She shared valuable insights around: 

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Developing Strategic Priorities and Improving Organizational Communication: Interview with Andrew Budkofsky

[fa icon="calendar'] June 07 / by Anthony Taylor posted in podcast

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In this episode of our Strategy and Leadership Podcast, we were joined by Andrew Budkofsky, the Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) at Digital Trends. Andrew has a rich background in media and technology, and has worked with cable television, web TV, interactive technologies and sales.

Currently leading the sales team at Digital Trends, Andrew is involved with the latest technologies in the communications and media world. 

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In the age of talent, how do you keep your best people?

[fa icon="calendar'] June 05 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Human Resources- HR, people

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You spend money on technology. You spend money on sales and marketing. You spend money on real estate and awesome office space.  What about the money that you're spending on your people?

I'm not talking swag, and I'm not even talking about training. I'm talking about the money you spend on your workforce to help them be successful and happy in your organization.

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Aligning Your Strategy, Performance and People: Interview with Julie Carbone

[fa icon="calendar'] May 24 / by Anthony Taylor posted in podcast

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Julie Carbone, the Associate Director of Strategy at OMD Montreal, joined us to chat about aligning teams with organizational strategy and performance. When working with external clients in the world of advertising and marketing, there are two strategies to consider: both yours and theirs. It is important to work together and communicate with internal teams, as well as client teams. 
View our custom strategic planning tools, templates, and resourcesSome great topics Julie chats about include: 

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If you don't have a facilitator, you are the facilitator. Interview with Charles Jessup

[fa icon="calendar'] May 02 / by Anthony Taylor posted in meetings

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In this interview, I chatted with Charles Jessup, who is an internal facilitator for an Oil and Gas company in Texas. On a daily basis, Charles leads and facilitates meetings, workshops and events  for internal managers and leaders within the company, looking to improve their side of the organization. By working with a facilitator, these managers gain a variety of benefits such as:

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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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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 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 (actionable.co), 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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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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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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