Savvy Saturday October 14th, 2017

No legacy is so rich as honesty – William Shakespeare

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Savvy Saturday October 7, 2017

This weekend, Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving. In the spirit of gratitude, I am sharing with you a quote that calls us to live appreciation and not just “say thanks”. In business, as in life, gratitude and appreciation is characteristic of great leaders, mentors, teachers and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
John F. Kennedy

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Savvy Saturday September 9th, 2017

A person who feels appreciated will always do more than expected.

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Savvy Saturday: Integrity

Integrity stems from the Latin word ‘integer’ meaning whole and complete. Integrity implies an inner sense of ‘wholeness’ and consistency of character. When you are in integrity, people see it through your actions, words, decisions, methods, and outcomes. You are coherent and consistent and that makes you, you.

It also means that people can trust you. They know what they are dealing with. You don’t leave parts of yourself behind; you don’t have a ‘work you,’ a ‘family you,’ and a ‘social you.’ What you say, do and mean is consistent. This builds confidence and trust and therefore it is often quoted that “integrity” is the most important leadership quality.

EMC

 

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Savvy Saturday August 26th, 2017

Why do we need great writers? Because they are integral in building our brand and our following. Because they help articulate our values and our beliefs. Because they help paint the vision that our followers, our tribe or our organization are working towards. They help us lead by example through articulation of our actions. Writing is a reflection of our thinking and of ourselves – whether as people, as organizations or as society.

From “The Written Word”  by Esther Clark.

 

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Savvy Saturday August 18th, 2017

“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning” – Bill GatesStockSnap_3QX7WQCK52.jpg

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Savvy Saturday August 5, 2017

Never have a meeting where two pizzas couldn’t feed the entire group.

This is Jeff Bezos’ (Amazon) ‘two pizza rule’ and his secret to productive meetings.  If the goal of your meeting is to be productive, you need to focus on less – not more.  Meaning, don’t invite more people than it would take to feed with two pizzas.

-EMC

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Sharpening Tools

I read somewhere that leaders should sharpen tools not blame them. I think this is particularly apt when we consider leadership under the lens of constant learning. The best leaders are the best learners and if we identify a tool that is under-performing or not serving the purpose, we should learn how to get that tool to do the job we want it to do. It might mean repurposing the tool, changing certain aspects or “sharpening” it as mentioned in the opening sentence of this post.

Leaders are sharpeners of tools and are constantly looking to learn new ways of doing things or adapting tools to suit the StockSnap_VXH7L0RF9H.jpgjob to be done.

-EMC

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Savvy Saturday July 29, 2017

“Adventure is worthwhile” – Aesop

 

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