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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.

Recent Posts

How to Incorporate Social Learning in the Workplace

[fa icon="calendar'] June 26 / by Anthony Taylor posted in culture, training, organizational development

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One of the building blocks of a successful organization is a unified culture and set of behaviours. 

Every organization, big or small, has behaviours and expectations that are set out by employees and team members. Typically those behaviours are demonstrated by the leadership team first and then modelled by the rest of the team (whether desirable or not). 

Below is an example of how social learning can happen in a negative context: 

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Strategic Board Leadership & Understanding Your People - Interview with Vivian Smith

[fa icon="calendar'] June 18 / by Anthony Taylor posted in podcast

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In this episode, we were joined by Vivian Smith who is the Executive Director for the Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation. Vivian has worked with the not-for-profit sector for the past 30 years and has held roles such as the Director of Development, Chief Fundraising Officer, and as a consultant, working with small grassroots organizations as well as major universities within BC. Most recently, she joined the team at the Langley Memorial Hospital, and currently volunteers on the Board of Directors for the Langley Chamber of Commerce as well as the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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How to Develop Organizational Culture: Lessons from a parent

[fa icon="calendar'] June 12 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Human Resources- HR, Leadership, culture, values

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Organizational culture is the system of shared assumptions, values, and beliefs from your team.

As a leader you shape the culture in your organization from your words and your actions. The culture is also shaped by your employees and the environment that everyone creates on a day to day basis.

I was recently at someone's house and saw a great example of how they are using culture to teach their kids. (More on that later..) 

At SME Strategy, we explain organizational culture as: "the way we do things around here".

How would you describe the way you do things at your organization? 

What are the ways of being and acting that your team exemplifies everyday?

That's your organizational culture.

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Vision Statement: Here's why you don't need one.

[fa icon="calendar'] June 05 / by Anthony Taylor

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If you googled: vision statement examples and then came to this article to figure if you need one, I invite you to consider that you don't want a vision statement.

I believe that you instead want a clear picture of the future that your team can get behind so they know where they are going and how to get there.

We could make an exhaustive list of great sounding examples of vision statements that you could look at and then try to squish the future you want into this tiny box that sounds good.

OR

You could create a vision that inspires you, inspires your people, and gives them a clear path on how to move forward.

Which one do you prefer?

 

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Developing a Strategy for Constant Change - Interview with Jeong Pyon

[fa icon="calendar'] May 10 / by Anthony Taylor posted in podcast

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In this episode of our Strategy and Leadership Podcast, we were joined by Jeong Pyon who is the Senior Manager of Group Strategy for an international hotel chain in Vancouver.  Hotel strategy is intertwined with revenue management, with the primary goal focusing on booking rooms to the right market segment. To best achieve this, group strategy managers must understand at both transient and group demands and how to plan strategically around these segments.

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Host your most effective meeting - Interview with Ruth Nicholson

[fa icon="calendar'] March 26 / by Anthony Taylor posted in podcast, meetings

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In this special episode of the strategy and leadership podcast, we were joined by Ruth Nicholson, an IAF certified professional facilitator, and the founder of Go Governance and Operations Resources for Youth Sports, and is a partner of SME Strategy. She has been facilitating for over 25 years, starting out in the science and technology field, and has branched out to work with a variety of sectors. She has also served as a mediator for large groups discussing complex topics like nuclear waste clean-up and endangered species conservation.

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Will we see you Thursday for our Webinar on Performance Management and Dashboards? March 8th. 

[fa icon="calendar'] March 05 / by Anthony Taylor posted in webinar

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This Thursday March 8th 2018 we will be hanging out with the team at Envisio, and hosting a Webinar on how to use dashboards to transform the performance of your strategic plan.

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