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

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  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

Principles of Reflective Practice and Leadership

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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

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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