Want to cultivate a strong team that trusts and supports each other? Then don’t miss this episode where we pick the brain of David Saxe, North America’s Teamwork Architect!
Based equally out of both Ontario and Florida, David Saxe is the President of Next Level Business Planning, a Team Building and Organizational Planning Consultancy that serves organizations across North America. Next Level strengthens organizations by unleashing the power of their leadership team and helping them focus on vision, alignment, traction and execution to drive profits and achieve results.
“Unleash the power of your leadership team”
This powerful shift in team dynamics is accomplished by implementing a set of powerful tools; focusing on setting and achieving corporate goals; improving the culture of your organization and identifying and permanently solving the issues getting in the way of success. This results in a cohesive leadership team focused on increasing profits, achieving goals and results, creating a fun place to work and maximizing corporate profits and business value.
“Share the insomnia”
Listen to Inspiring Leaders now to learn valuable lessons in team building.
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“The best insights come from asking the right questions”
If you lead people within an organization, you should hear David Coletto’s perspectives. Why? Because, we all need to better understand Generational Change and the impact it is having on our organizations. And who better to learn from than a Millennial and Researcher who investigates the impact of generational change on organizations?
“Don’t assume anything - get data”
Dr. David Coletto is CEO and a Founding Partner at Abacus Data. He has a PhD in Political Science, he is an adjunct professor at Carleton University and a highly sought after public speaker on generational change and public affairs. David leads Abacus Data’s team of research consultants and strategists, delivering strategic advice and research design expertise to some of Canada’s leading corporations, advocacy groups, and political leaders. Dr. Coletto has over eight years experience working in the marketing research industry and is an industry leader in online research, corporate and organizational reputation studies, and youth research. His company, Abacus Data, is a full-service market research and strategy firm, and the only firm in Canada that helps business leaders respond to the unprecedented impact of generational and technological change.
Be smart. Tune in now to hear Dr. David Coletto’s valuable insights and perspectives on the new generation of employees that are already impacting your organization, this week on the Inspiring Leaders Podcast.
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Allan Brown and his wife are “Digital Nomads”. They are constantly on the go, travelling the globe and living in different countries. Together, they founded Compasio in 2006 to facilitate a vision of loving, protecting and empowering some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Allan's vision is to see Compasio doing what it does in a very thought-out and effective way, and he is delivering on that vision in a very real way.
“While a good heart is a good start, great ideas with not well thought out plans can create damage”
Allan also has a particular passion for helping families in crisis stay together and empowering nationals to lead the charge. After 13 years of field work in Myanmar, Burma and Thailand, he and his family have re-located to Mexico with hopes of expanding Compasio's work into Latin America.
“We have to start thinking about how we can bring about the greatest amount of impact in a sustainable way”
Allan loves to change things for the better. He's a strategic problem solver. His entrepreneurial tendencies began in the high-tech world as a consultant and business owner followed by a life-changing move into international development. He speaks three languages comfortably and has over 15 years experience working with and building cross-cultural teams. He is passionate about seeing development done in a sustainable, healthy and empowering way. That is why Allan is re-imagining Compasio 2.0 as a global community that connects the knowledge gaps for people in disadvantaged countries around the world. With new thinking and renewed passion, Allan Brown is making this big ball called Earth a better place, and we can all help and learn from his dream.
“Ask yourself: What is it that I am doing that I could be doing better”
If you or your organization want to be more thoughtful about leading change, or if you want to join Allan’s cause in making this world a better place, don’t miss the great perspectives and best practices that Allan Brown describes on this week’s episode of Inspiring Leaders.
Tune in right now!
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"Don't confuse confidence with arrogance. Arrogance is being full of yourself, feeling you're always right, and believing your accomplishments or abilities make you better than other people. People often believe arrogance is excessive confidence, but it's really a lack of confidence." - Christie Hartman
It’s safe to say that an Arrogant Boss is someone who wants to take control and lead through a display of superiority and overbearing. This is the opposite of authentic leadership, where people are willing to follow you. People only follow Arrogant Leaders because they feel that they need to.
Arrogance can arise with people who are promoted into positions of authority based on their technical skill and expertise, but these people either lack the skills to earn respect using effective people skills, like listening, patience and concern for the well-being of others.
It’s unfortunate because an Arrogant Boss can really demoralize their team. And unlike many of the other Intolerable Bosses that we’ve exposed on this show previously, this one doesn’t single out just a few people on their team like the Favouritism Boss or Fear Monger. An Arrogant Boss almost always leaves a huge wake of devastation behind them. leaving everyone feeling like they are undervalued and disrespected. An Arrogant Boss is a Culture Killer for sure.
Six Tips To Survive An Arrogant Boss:
1. Know you are under the microscope and get a thick skin.
2. Get to know your Corporate Culture
3. File a Group Complaint
4. File an Individual Complaint
5. Get out.
Want all the details for each specific tip? Tune into the show to hear all the advice that’s fit to save your skin!
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Bruce Linton has “The Knack”. The Knack for “growing” businesses and taking them “higher” (PUNs intended).
As CEO of Tweed and it’s aptly named parent company Canopy, some of the hottest corporations on the planet right now, Bruce is riding the wave of policy change in Canada where Recreational Marijuana use is about to become legal. Bruce has taken Tweed and Canopy from nowhere to a $6 Billion Powerhouse. And with Corona Beer’s Parent company Constellation Brands just announcing a $4 Billion investment into Bruce’s company, things just got real!
Bruce Linton is a humble, feet on the ground, very approachable man. But don’t take his easy disposition for granted, this is a mover and a shaker who has “The Knack” for turning things he touches to gold - or should we say green?! In the 90s Bruce was a Director at CrossKey Systems, taking them public with IPO’s on the Nasdaq and TSX. By 1999 he founded WebHancer, to which Microsoft eventually acquired the data-set rights. Bruce also served as the G.M. of Computerland.ca, an Advisory Board Member for Foreign Affairs, Trade & Development Canada, a Board Member at SiteBrand and a representative to the World Bank for their Water Sanitation Program.
“Find the money, higher great people and then get everyone aimed in the same direction”
Since 2013, Bruce has been at the helm of Martello Technologies, providing performance management capabilities to unified communications companies and multi-vendor networks. Martello has been a massive success story here in Ottawa red-hot Tech Sector for sure. Around then he also founded one of the most controversial companies around, Tweed, producing prescription-based marijuana for medical patients. Then, Justin Trudeau was elected Prime Minister in Canada based on a platform that included legalizing Recreational Pot! Bruce Linton and his company Tweed were ideally positioned to take off like a rocket sled on rails.
During this candid interview, Bruce Linton talks about his successes and his failures, helping us appreciate the Growth Mindset that has proven incredibly valuable for him. He also talks about how and where he has managed to find extraordinary opportunities, and how he has capitalized on them.
If you want your career to go “high”, take 20 minutes to learn from this incredibly successful business leader. Click Play to hear this amazing episode of Inspiring Leaders.
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“Your net worth is your network”
We're exploring Networking For Leaders with the Guru of Networking, Michael J. Hughes. For nearly 30 years, Michael has been a thought leader and best practice presenter when it comes to Networking. In fact, he's become known far and wide as “North America’s Networking Guru”.
Through his highly acclaimed and sought-after firm, Networking For Results, Micheal has come to specialize in helping organizations and professionals increase their results by improving their ability to develop, maximize and leverage relationships. Over the years, Michael has extensively researched, and become a specialist in networking as a business strategy and a professional competency.
“We buy people first, ideas next and projects last”
Michael has also become an in-demand public speaker, travelling the world while proclaiming the art, science and importance of basic human connections in this hyper-drive new millennium. His long client list includes brand-names organizations like Dell, Staples, Scotiabank, NHL Hockey Teams, Society for Human Resource Management and the Telfer Executive MBA Program.
One of the most telling stories of Michael’s networking business success is that he has taken his own company from an idea to a six-figure international consulting and training practice using networking as his sole marketing vehicle. Talk about a compelling reason to tune into this podcast episode!
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Are you prepared for the REAL threat?
While we’ve all been sleeping soundly, Steve Day was keeping us safe from threats. As the former Commander of our elite counter terrorism and covert operations task force, Steve knows a thing or two about threats, leadership and being prepared. On this week’s Inspiring Leaders, Steve Day surprises us by revealing that the REAL THREAT may not be what we thought it was.
Steve Day served as a Combat Engineer at the Troops and Squadron levels back in the 1990s. A year before 911, Steve became a leader within Canada’s National Counter Terrorism Task Force, respected and known internationally as Joint Task Force 2, or simple “JTF2”. Within JTF2, Steve earned advancement, eventually leading a team off over 150 multi-disciplinary garrison team of military, public service and contracted experts. For over a decade, Steve led covert operations, special missions and top secret, mission-critical initiatives that have kept this planet safe from deadly threats and security risks at the National and International level.
In 2012 Steve attended the U.S. Army Strategic Leader Development Program (SAMS) in Fort Leavenworth, helping educate U.S. Armed Forces Leaders, Key Allies and U.S. Interagency at the graduate level to become more agile and adaptive leaders, capable of thinking critically while seeking solutions to complex, ambiguous problems up to the national security level.
Today, Steve is the President of Reticle Ventures, a Security Operations Prime Contractor and Security Risk Management Consultant. From his new spoke & hub compound in Ontario, he supports and trains special operations personnel from around the planet in security solutions and best practices, including police forces, security teams and organizational leaders on how to think clearly and make critical decisions under high-stress situations.
Join us for this rare opportunity to converse with a globally respected security expert and discover what the real threat really is.
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Favouritism is a widespread practice that usually has a significantly negative impact, whether you’re a victim or the favourite. Georgetown University’s School of Business found that 92% of senior business executives believe that favouritism is a contributing factor in most employee promotions, but only 25% of the polled executives admitted to practicing favouritism themselves. So there is a problem, but most people won’t admit that they are part of it.
This sounds all too familiar. A small group of employees get close to the boss, either by choice or by being Volun-Told for the role. This small subset of the team are chosen to handle the better, more senior, higher visibility projects. Obviously this makes others who are equally or more qualified feel as if the boss is not playing fair. Favouritism can be fairly benign in many cases, but it can be a lot more serious in other circumstances, developing into a hostile, toxic environment for those who are left out in the cold.
Surprisingly, favouritism has fairly honest roots. We’ve all been taught that we should all have preferences. But when the boss gives a friend the office with the best view based on no observable criteria, and this has become a noticeable trend, well now they have crossed into the realm of favouritism.
When favours are presented without transparency, other suffer. This is often perceived as an abuse of power by the boss. Also, by not treating everyone equally, a manager is fostering a sense of resentment and separation that can de-motivate employees and damage team unity, so the boss is not allowing the team or company to grow. There is a very real risk that the organization will lose good people, so the biggest loser is often the organization itself.
So what can people do if they find that they are working for a boss that plays favourites? During this episode, the Leadership Brothers present 7 tactics to survive favouritism:
1. Determine if it really is favouritism
2. Speak Up (the right way)
3. Just Say No (again, there's a right way to do this)
4. Stay Professional
5. Maintain Trust
6. Resist Resentment
7. Be “Calmfident”
Don’t just settle for reading these 7 points, listen to the episode where we elaborate on each tip so you get all the empowering details! And keep in mind that if it is really bad we are here to help. Reach out to us and know that everything that we talk about will be kept absolutely confidential.
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NEXT WEEK’S SHOW
Inspiring Leaders returns with Steve Day, the Former Joint Task Force 2 Commander for Counter Terrorism and Special Operations. Steve joins us to talk about “The Real Threat”, which will surprise you, guaranteed. Trust us, you do NOT want to miss this episode
The trend toward Storytelling is an unmistakable force that is sweeping across organizational gatherings, meetings and presentations globally. With leaders becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the low engagement at their events, they are ditching the scripts and podiums in favour of more compelling and captivating content and style.
This week on Inspiring Leaders, we chat with one of the most successful Storytellers in North America. Ed Bilat, aka “The Closer” is the President of StorytellingSales.com, a firm dedicated to helping organizational leaders and sales professionals sharpen the craft of storytelling.
With over 24 years in Sales and Business Development, Ed is highly experienced in complex solution sales and has his own real stories to tell. A natural teacher and storyteller, Ed is passionate about empowering business leaders, entrepreneurs and sales teams to define and leverage their unique brand stories.
Hear how Ed’s career went from Telemarketing Agent to Vice President, working in industries like Telecom, Wireless, Software, Optics and High-tech. Learn how he closed multi-million dollar deals using storytelling as the backbone of his positioning. Take notes as Ed describes his simple, but effective STAR Model for Storytelling:
S = Situation
T = Trouble
A = Action
R = Results
As a martial arts practitioner of 30 plus years, Ed is the creator of Aikido Selling and Negotiation method which gained him international recognition for its simplicity and effectiveness. Ed, his wife and 2 kids reside in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
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This week we talk Innovation & People with Microsoft Canada's National Technology Officer, John Weigelt.
“Embrace the audacity of inexperience”
John Weigelt leads Microsoft Canada’s strategic policy and technology efforts. Mr. Weigelt helps individual and organizations across Canada innovate with technology while avoiding the unintended consequences that might arise. He leads Canadian outreach for a variety of technology policies including: Economic Development, Privacy, Security, Government 3.0, Accessibility, Environmental Sustainability and Interoperability.
“You can live in a place that you love and you can project your know-how around the world”
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NEXT WEEK’S SHOW
Storytelling For Leaders with Trainer Ed Bilat
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