The Joy of Failure

the joy of failure

One thing you learn quickly as an entrepreneur is that everything you do is trial, and error. Failure is a normal part of the process! Failure is one of the most dreaded words in the English language. The very idea of failing is enough to stop many people in their tracks. As someone who has almost 20 years experience building … Read More

How IABC London’s Board of Directors Created a Values Charter and Why That Matters

Ripple Effect Leadership, Personal Leadership, Team Charter, Core Values

Recently I had the opportunity to facilitate a workshop with the board of directors for The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) London, Ontario and I would like to share my insights and reflections on this session. The goal of this workshop was to co-create a team charter and create a list of examples of how to transform IABC’s core values … Read More

Reflection and Stretch Goals: Two Prevailing Forces Behind Dive Deep Retreat

Leadership retreat, Dive Deep, Ripple Effect, Core Values, Potential Personal Leadership, Collaboration, Fun, Creative, Transparency

  I am the first to say that personal leadership is a life-long practice. No one is perfect and we all have moments in time where we wish we would have handled things differently. The question is – are we willing to reflect,learn from and expand leadership potential. That to me is what personal leadership is about. I truly believe … Read More

Enough With the Term Accountability: Ownership Is Where It’s At

Which one do you relate to more? Do you know the difference? Ownership is something that becomes a fundamental value for an individual and accountability translates into responsibility. Both values have a role within an organization and team, it just depends on the culture you would like to create; however if you want to create a culture of collaboration and … Read More

Lessons from a Hummingbird

Hummingbird

I want to share a charming message first told by Professor Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist activist, women’s right advocate and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. This is the hummingbird story. One day a terrible fire broke out in a forest – a huge woodlands was suddenly engulfed by a raging wild fire. Frightened, all the animals fled their homes and ran … Read More

Cultivating Personal Leadership

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As a leader, the first person you lead is yourself. Leading self means you are willing to understand your strengths and governing beliefs. Personal leadership is about bringing this core to the table and being able to use your talents and gifts to create value. Maybe you’re thinking “I am not a leader” because of your title at work. But in … Read More

Culturally Creative People: What “The Purple One” Taught Us About Creativity

Prince Purple Rain

  I have always been a creative person…but why? Reflecting on when I was growing up, I often had a project on the go whether it was making jewelry, painting wooden frames, painting and glazing ceramics, making handmade greeting cards or even sitting for hours colouring in one of my many colouring books. My love for creativity and colouring was … Read More

PechaKucha – A unique presentation format for your next team meeting

PechaKucha London Ontario

Telling a story with a fixed time frame using only pictures is – powerful! PechaKucha Nights are held world wide in front of an audience and is the Japanese term for the sound of “chit chat”. Specifically, it is a speaking format where the presenter has 20 images and each slide is on the screen for exactly 20 seconds. This … Read More

Why I Chose Transparency as a Core Value

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Core values are traits or qualities you consider not just worthwhile, they represent an individual’s or an organization’s highest priorities, deeply held beliefs, and core fundamental driving forces. They are the heart of what your organization and its employees stand for in the world. Many companies have a set of core values to consult when decisions need to be made. … Read More

Why I Chose Collaboration as a Core Value

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As a leadership consultant, I aspire to create collaborative and rewarding experiences to empower and inspire teams. I decided to make “collaboration” an organizational value for Ripple Effect Leadership Consulting & Events because this is not only a personal core value of mine, but in my opinion an important part of any team. As a group facilitator, I believe in … Read More