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  • Leadership – What if we don’t know you have it?

    What if our employees thought we were something we were not as leaders? It turns out they attribute much of what they see to leadership.

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  • Let me hear your body talk: what your words don’t say

    That’s the power of non-verbal communication. Fact is that up to 90 per cent of your message is communicated through your actions. Which leaves you with a scanty 10 per cent to convey meaning through the words coming out of your mouth. Regardless of…

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  • Sailing the Winds of Change: How to Pick Your Crew

    Effectively leading an individual, team or organization through change requires role clarity. Taking the time — upfront and deliberately – to define each role, recruit the right person, expert or leader goes a long way toward successful change initiatives.

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  • Leading Through Complexity

    How as a leader do you lead when you are not sure yourself – when the issues are complex? The answer is leading with an open heart.

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  • Why We Continue to Struggle with Strategy 2,500 Years Later

    There have been volumes written about strategy in various forms since Sun Tzu wrote The Art of War around 500BC. We have over 2,500 years of thought behind strategy. Given the sheer number of hours spent and calories burned thinking about strategy, two questions require consideration:...

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  • Taking a Leap: It’s the Catalyst For Growth

    “If you not growing, you’re dying.” Maybe it’s a bit sensationalist, but there’s no better tagline for a management consultant. Scott Perkins of PeopleFirm is taking that mantra to another level, though. In assuming the role of Canadian Market Leader, he’s no longer just...

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  • John Phillips: When Opportunity Knocks, Be Conscious

    John Phillips joined Tekara in the spring of 2013. A seasoned business leader, John was a founding member of Selkirk Financial Technologies, which grew from a tiny startup to a five-time Fast 50 tech company that was eventually acquired by Thomson Reuters.

    John and I…

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  • The Rhythm of Discipline — A Gateway to Getting Your WIG On

    Who doesn’t want to execute better? Regardless of the value found in ‘failing,’ no one is out to do it, and just scrap ‘mediocre’ off the list, it’s worse than failure. The fact is, we’re all in hot pursuit of optimal performance. Yet, despite…

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  • Want the ‘Right’ Focus: Let Yourself Steep

    Twice a year I feel an instinctive tug toward unbridled optimism.  It’s almost as if a switch is flipped and I wake up feeling that anything is possible. In this energized, optimistic frame of mind I look forward to January (extending well into the...

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  • Transforming Our Impact: An Interview with Peter Lee

    What led you to follow organizational development (OD) as a career? I had a fantastic mentor. Someone who saw my interest in the field of human resources. She took the time to connect with me and then offered me the chance to spend time...

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  • Live Tweeting: The Neuroscience of Leadership

    Recently, Tekara hosted a leadership event for the IABC/BC.  The session was on the Neuroscience of Leadership, and was led by Dr. Bruce Hiebert, the Chair of Undergraduate Programs at University Canada West and an adjunct professor at the Vancouver School of Theology. Dr....

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  • The Neuroscience of Leadership with Dr. Bruce Hiebert

    Dr. Bruce Hiebert was the first speaker in a series of events that Tekara is sponsoring with IABC/BC. He was provocative and insightful. At the end of his talk you may not have agreed with all that he was asserting, but I was left...

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  • Q&A with Tekara Partner Ryan Williams, Part I: My Path to Creating Healthy Organizations

    You were already running TWI Surveys successfully. What brought you to Tekara? A big reason was my values alignment with Peter. He has a strong interest to partner and walk with others. Plus, like me, he has a curiosity to learn about other businesses—exploring...

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  • Change for the Better 10 Tips to Ensure Your Organization Embraces Transformation

    Tekara insight by Tracey Wimperly Re “Communication World, Change for the Better” article (Martell and Chisholm) These days, it’s “business as unusual”. I know of no organization that hasn’t gone through change – from tweaks to a successful business model to full-scale transformation. Organizational leaders recognize that...

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  • Stress Management and the Power of Breathing

    The holiday season is here. And we’ve all felt it:  the inescapable feeling we have too much work on our plate, leaving us anxiously wondering how in the world we’ll get it all done without going insane. This time of the year we often...

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  • The Blind Pelican

    Seeing the Truth in Organizational Stories A few years ago, while vacationing in Mexico, we took a bus tour of the local sights. Our chatty tour guide was most entertaining; at every curve in the road, he had another story to share about the...

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  • A Layman’s View: Four Basic Tenets of Change Management

    There have been whole books written on change management, and within Tekara I am not even considered the change expert.  So why am I writing a blog about change management?  The goal is to provide a layman’s perspective.  With over 20 years of consulting,...

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  • Two Trends That Could Kill Business

    There are two interconnected gaps whose growing significance threaten the future stability, sustainability, and growth of businesses of all shapes and sizes. This time around the culprit isn’t a catastrophic event like a stock market crash.  It is a set of much subtler trends,...

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  • Embrace: Increase Your Capacity for Change

    If you’ve read any Leadership blogs or books lately, you’ll have twigged that the next big thing in leadership development is to ‘refresh’ ‘reboot’ and ‘recalibrate’.  Seems we may have entered a virtual ‘renewal revolution’ and along with it permission to hit control-alt-delete when...

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  • 5 Insights from the Tekara Community – May 16, 2013

    Every month the Tekara Community gets together in our Vancouver office (our Toronto office joins us via Google+ Hangout) to connect and share the learnings we are experiencing with clients, on projects and in our lives. Within this meeting of the minds there is...

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  • Effectively Communicating Significant Changes Throughout an Organization

    We are so fortunate to have our very own communications expert, Tracey Wimperly, featured in a recent Business in Vancouver article. Here is what Tracey had to say about how to effectively communicate significant changes throughout an organization.  You can view the full BIV...

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  • Are you Ready to Humanize your Online Brand?

    I am often asked what’s the point or value of building an online community especially when compared to more traditional online advertising options that are a guarantee at driving traffic and awareness to your website. How do I justify the time and energy it...

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  • The ‘WHY’ of Leadership

    ‘Why’ vs. ‘What’ Simon Sinek suggests that “People don’t buy WHAT you do; they buy WHY you do it.” People don’t buy products, they buy experiences, they don’t buy –in to goals, they buy-in to identities. When people buy a product or service they...

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  • 7 Keys to Facilitating Powerful Conversations

    Originally posted on tyrellmara.com Whether your meeting with potential new clients, a project team you are currently working with, or debriefing a work project or experience – how you show up to these conversations will consciously and subconsciously shape how people view you and...

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