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

Principles of Reflective Practice and Leadership

Guts Over Fear Tattoo

The concept of self-reflection, from a professional point of view, was introduced to me while a student at Royal Roads University. There was a strong focus on leading self and personal leadership. We were introduced to the work of Ronald R. Short, author of “Learning in Relationship” through one of our first assignments. Our assignment was to ask three colleagues the … Read More

True or False? The Only True Leadership Is Values-Based Leadership

Woman and copper key

Remember back in 90’s (I’m dating myself) when the new catch word was “team” and “teamwork”. More recently “employee engagement” was the new buzz word. Simply using a new theory without a full understanding of it is like putting a new mission statement or list of values on the wall every few years and never referring to it again. In this … Read More

Guest Blogger Chris Asper, Skydiving and Deadpool…Oh My!

Deadpool

On June 8, Chris was Ripple Effect Leadership’s first guest blogger and shared his expertise and experience on: Life Decisions – Use a Compass. Learn a little more about Chris Asper’s witty and thoughtful take on leadership and life below: Is there a documentary, presentation or article that really changed the way you thought about leadership? My thoughts on leadership changed … Read More

Life Decisions – Use a Compass by Chris Asper, MBA

Compass

Imagine for a second that you had to drive somewhere you have never been. What would you use to get there? With today’s technology, you would most likely enter the address into a GPS or App on your smartphone. Within seconds, it would identify where you are, map the fastest route, and provide turn-by-turn instructions until you arrived at your … Read More

Which Superhero Are You?

Wonder Woman Lego

As I create content for Ripple’s Live in the Moment blog, there will be times I will need a break from writing. More importantly I want to create an environment where we can learn from each other through experiences and dialogue. Guest bloggers will represent various stages of life, career and industries. For me, leadership is about who we say … Read More