Anyone following the state of the Canadian cannabis market will know that the whole industry is in a real squeeze right now: lack of capital; missed Year One targets in cultivation and revenue; slow roll-out of legal stores; uncertainty around … Continue reading Week 14: Substance
In 2008, I made a pitch to a steering committee about replacing our SharePoint intranet with some kind of early social network technology. We had interviewed stakeholders around the world about how they wanted to interact with each other and … Continue reading “This is about the company; it’s about us, and it’s about me.” Maybe, it can be about you too.
Last night I attended the SFU #SIATmixer, where employers, graduates and students of the SIAT school can meet’n’greet. As a long-term supporter of the SIAT talent, I like to tag along and speak to a couple of people and feel … Continue reading My Latest Intern Talent Learning Moment
I ran a day hackathon. I put it on my yearly goals as a challenge, and I did it. This is what I learned: There is no such thing as an organizational hackathon, from my research. We hear talk about … Continue reading Here Are 10 Things I Learned From Running An Organizational Hackathon
One of the key ideas to WIN in the congested, competitive, crazy modern workplace is creating an AUTHENTIC NARRATIVE – this allows others to create memories (for themselves) about YOU. (This is what personal branding is about, BTW). When my … Continue reading 2015 Hiring: Your Resume Only Says “Over Here!” It Is Your Online / Social Presence That Allows Me To Say “YES!”
We are currently hiring a Communications Coordinator in Vancouver. I asked HR to see every resume and cover letter so that I have the full picture of the range of candidates. It is an interesting, fairly sobering process. There is … Continue reading Hotmail Hiring (Note: NOT Auditioning Male Strippers)
A couple of people have contacted me in the last weeks – New Year’s Resolutions? – enquiring about BrandBoards, about making a mark. Most excellent. I began the BrandBoard process a couple of years ago as a process of sharpening … Continue reading New Year’s Resolution: Brand Building!
Thank you cooking that great big pot of soup for the family before you left. Everything you touch in the kitchen is imbued with your care and craft. The kids didn’t even like it too much, but I made them eat … Continue reading Thank You Times Five.
Harold Jarche is one my favourite writers about the (emergent) nature of work. A recent summary of the state of management truly captures my approach to “management”. I shared this with my team. There is no magnanimity to it. This is … Continue reading Mostly, You Should Try To Self-Manage. Advice To Myself.
Growing up in Britain, we were pretty good at ensuring no-one thought they were too good. Anyone who grew too tall for the crowd was cut down in size. It creates a social ambiguity as to who is good at … Continue reading One Day I Will Run For Office. Or, Allowed To Be Twice As…#Shard
I have some good conversations and reads about this article – Why You Hate Work. One of the common outcomes is the observation that leaders should hire people smarter than them, and then get out of their way. I concur … Continue reading I Want My Team To Have A Fulfilled Life, But I Cannot Be Arsed To Do Anything About It.
One revelation of the process of researching and activating personal branding, for me, has been a turnaround in perspective about HELP.
I have always been loath to ask for help. Always thought I could do it myself (fool!). Tied up with this is an idea that the main reason to talk about yourself is to network hard and get into people’s rolodexes / contacts so that you can pick them off one by one and ask for the help. Some childhood stuff going on there probably, but here’s the Aha!