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COVID-19: Charting a Way Forward by Using All Five Minds

By Fran Gelder, MA Listening to the Public Health experts at this stage of the pandemic allows for some cautious optimism for a slow, steady, and eventual return to “normal” life, or at least a “new normal”.  Current media messaging ranges from a collective pride in weathering this storm together, to a sombre tale about […]

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COVID-19 and Life in a VUCA World!

By John Gelder, CMC The COVID-19 epidemic has been described as an earthquake that will lead to a seismic shift in how we manage our lives. To say the impact is disruptive would be putting it mildly. From a leadership perspective, theorists such as Warren Bennis, Michael Porter and Clayton Christensen have for many years […]

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Can being apart bring us together? Early signs from the COVID-19 crisis!

Social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine – these are among the primary strategies being used to stem the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. While unlikely to stop the spread in its tracks, the strategies are designed to at least “flatten the curve” or rate of transmission in an effort to buy enough time for the health care […]

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The Art of Questioning

A beautiful question is an ambitious yet actionable question that can begin to shift the way we perceive or think about something—and that might serve as a catalyst to bring about change. Warren Berger, A More Beautiful Question   In a world that is fixated on finding and knowing the right answers, the person that […]

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Out of the crisis: Management lessons from the 117th Boston Marathon

Article by John Gelder As the world knows by now, on April 15th, 2013, the planet’s most famous marathon was marred by tragic events. While there remain many unanswered questions about the motives behind the bombings, there has been near universal praise for the manner in which authorities handled the crisis and its aftermath. As […]

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Securing Canada: are we ready?

Concerns about public safety and security are an on-going and increasing reality. What do you think about the implications for us, the management consultants and for you, the clients? Please see the following article by John Gelder: FocusGelder

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Death of Environmental Scanning

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best adapt to change.” ― Charles Darwin (attributed) Environmental scanning should no longer be treated as a static exercise in fact-finding. Rather, it should be treated as a dynamic process to continuously inform strategic thinking throughout the organization. When […]

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Team spirit! What is it? How do you know when you have it?

I have to admit, I’ve always wondered about the whole team spirit thing. Truth be known, my earliest recollection of the concept dates back to high school when the football cheering squad would gather in the school auditorium before every home game to try to pump up the troops. To me, these “pep rallies” always […]

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