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I am not certain about this. I don’t know who said this, too many different and unverified attributions. But the author is not the point today. Strategy has often been touted as the necessary item to shape the direction of the organization. A good strategy actually solves a problem with a coherent set of actions with the appropriate set of resources made available. A strategy is not what you want your revenue target to be next year. That is an operational objective. Then people started to say that the culture of the organization was more important than the actual strategy. This appeared to take root when discussing organizational culture and Edgar ...
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I recently got a chance to sit down with   Dr. Ann Cavoukian ,  Distinguished Expert-in-Residence – Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence at Ryerson University, as part of my  CanInnovate podcast . Dr. Cavoukian gave us the low-down on the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that came into effect May 25th, 2018 and what it means from a global perspective. In addition to GDPR, she discuses  Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PET) ,  International Council on Global Privacy and Security by Design , and even how Steve Jobs avoided being tracked! She’s just a fountain of knowledge  –  here's an overview of the conversation: ...
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Customer experience is rapidly gaining momentum as a strategic pathway to optimizing business results for many organizations in a variety of industries. Companies are recognizing the benefits of customer-centric strategies, including: higher revenues, lower costs, and stronger employee and customer loyalty. Along with these positive results, there is also an added benefit; a renewed emphasis on engaging all employees, regardless of their position within the organization, toward this customer-focused transformation.   Progressive organizations with customer-driven leadership and culture understand that a superior customer experience strategy goes well ...
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Management consulting done differently John’s story:  John is one of our royalty clients since 2007. He is involved in plastic recycling, manufacturing, and also invests in two other businesses.  Business Challenge : Accounting/Finance/Tax Improvements Going back to June 2007, John told me he received a CRA letter for auditing tax and needed us to check his accounting/finance/tax situations. Our accountant and I went to his manufacturer and found his manufacturer didn’t set up accounting procedures, policies, and also used an unappropriated accounting system. He hired a bookkeeper who didn’t understand accounting well. What we did: ...
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We are halfway through Spring and six weeks away from Summer. It’s hard to believe but we are getting close to the half-way through 2018. Doesn’t it feel like we were just saying Happy New Year? I’ve finally stopped accidentally writing 2017 in my notebooks! It’s time to do the six month check-up. Are you where you want to be? What goals did you set in Jan 2018? Any new years resolutions? Here are a few tips to get yourself back on track! These are some tips that I offer my own coaching clients...simple and fun ways to re-energize your career.   Refresh the Resume What a great time to reflect on the past few months. Have you gained new skills, ...
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While we were having a late dinner the other night the door bell rang about 7 PM. Trappar was busy gnawing on his nightly chew and leapt up and ran down the hall barking with his big dog voice. As I sauntered towards the front door I noticed the outside door was open. I could not see anybody through the window on top. At first I thought it was my brother or neighbour playing a joke. Wrong on both counts. It was a young man holding the door open with a sheaf of papers in his hand. “Hi, I am “Zach” from Student blah blah” “Why did you open my front door?” This was in my deep “angry dad” voice. “Sorry”, and then a couple of mumbles. ...
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Disruption isn’t a new idea. Just ask Henry Ford, who changed the world with his assembly-line-built Model T. Disruption has always been unfolding and reshaping our world. The financial services sector is no exception. Technology, globalization and demographics are shifting rapidly and changing the future with their impact on businesses, economies and societies. Their interaction is fueling a new wave of convergence that’s blurring lines between conventional banking and other industries in a way we’ve not witnessed before. And it’s having tectonic impacts on the way today’s businesses operate, grow and plan for the future. Technologies such as cloud ...
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And your eyes facing forward. In most sports, at least the ones I played in, you are taught to create a good base as the foundation for any movement. In football, feet are shoulder width apart and slightly bent. There are other variations depending on your position. In basketball, you are taught a very similar stance so you can be in the triple threat position – pass, shoot or dribble. In hockey, you want your feet in a similar position so you can skate, pass or shoot. And so on… And your eyes are also important. Where your eyes look is where you will go. Try running in the snow with your eyes closed towards an object in the distance, and ...
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I watched Swamp People about 8 years ago and was amazed at the show featuring English-speaking Bayou folk requiring subtitles because of their heavy accent. The show features a real cast of characters: Troy Landry – the King of the swamp, and his sons Jacob and Chase RJ and Jay-Paul, a father and son from the Houma tribe Willie and Junior Daniel and Big T (I mean BIG) Bruce with the overalls and no shirt (you cannot “unsee” that) And also includes some fascinating life lessons: father and son fights and then caring and supporting each other neighbours helping neighbours family squabbles and then having to count ...
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This content is linked to the upcoming Strategic Change by Design Certificate Course ( Learn More / Register ) Customer experience is changing the way that business leaders are leading their people, processes, and systems to meet the needs of arguably their most important asset, their customers. Smart business leaders must understand, embrace, and champion strategic change management  – this will help  ensure that customer experience initiatives succeed and have the desired impact for their organizations, employees and customer. Strategic change management can help organizations control the potential implications (such as resistance and concerns) ...
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Some people call a logo a brand – it is just the visual identity of your overall brand. Your brand is defined as what people say about you when you are not in the room. Some people define marketing as digital media. Marketing is the sum of all activities that are used to find and keep a customer. Branding is what happens when you are a good marketer. Let’s examine some of the foundational steps to become a great marketer. I read a couple of fascinating articles last weekend and the detailed report they were based on. The focus was a massive study in the U.K. about what agency heads think is the most effective media choice and what is actually ...
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Do you ever have a client or situation with an insurmountable problem they haven't been able to crack and are now in deep trouble. They need to do something "game-changing" now to be able to recover and move forward. Where do you start and what actions can you take? Organization leaders turn to you and drop the gauntlet: "We've had lots of smart & senior people on this for a while, we've tried project management, change management, lean and other techniques. But we just can't get the necessary traction and we've run out of time. Can you help us out of this mess and fast!?" It is a compelling and challenging call-to-action that I've come across ...
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There are any number of experts that talk about the need to focus on the digital interaction with customers. This is the future. I order on-line. I make payments on line. I conduct business via digital and sharing platforms. I also do business in person – on the phone and actually in person. And common across every interaction is the ability for a person, representing an organization, to have a positive or negative experience with me. When a digital experience is created I sometimes wonder what the people creating the messages and process were actually thinking. Do they even read the messages they wrote? Do they actually walk themselves ...
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I will never forget that afternoon, Alex, a young 18 year boy came to my office for an appointment. He came to me for business advice, regarding business plans writing, and finding start up capital. Five years after I met him in the conference, he has 7 employees working for him. It’s about making ideas happen! At the very heart of entrepreneurship is the activity of turning ideas into marketable products, processes, and services. As a source of innovation, entrepreneurs spur productivity, national competitiveness, economic growth and job creation. Do entrepreneurs pursue their path because of a genetic predisposition to do so?  I am not ...
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Are you faced with an insurmountable challenge? Do you have the need to achieve unprecedented results? Many people are faced with this dilemma every day, but they don't know what to do and don't know how to start to lead this kind of change. Join us on March 28 for an entertaining, insightful, and thought provoking webinar with Mike Mortson, who will share the story of a successful change leadership journey. The journey starts with a monumental challenge and ends with the achievement of game-changing results. The change leadership techniques and the approach used to achieve these results are techniques you can use every day in whatever situation you ...
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This content is part of the upcoming Strategic Change by Design Certificate Course ( Learn More / Register ) - Your organization is implementing new technology that has promises to improve customer service, or open new markets, or reduce cost. Or perhaps you are improving processes or restructuring to become more efficient or more effective. Are you at risk of encountering one of the top reasons that organization change fails? “Impacted employees don’t understand the strategy and don’t commit or follow through” You know that “start with why” is critical to promoting successful adoption of the change. Your organization has clearly communicated ...
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Many businesses aspire to grow by implementing new ways to uncover opportunities, generate great ideas, and improve performance. Some innovative companies will set realistic, specific goals, make actionable plans and have the discipline to execute them effectively.  Unfortunately, many others will rely heavily on their products and services only, banter about buzzwords, and let their boardroom promises becomes a toxic substitute for strategy—a sure-fire recipe for disaster and unmet expectations. Thankfully, for companies seeking to improve their customer experience to improve business performance, innovation doesn’t have to be a complex or complicated ...
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On January 25, 2018, the GTA Chapter of CMC-Ontario, in partnership with CPA-Ontario, was pleased to host a breakfast and Leadership Thought Forum featuring certified communication expert, George Stewart and Larry Williamson , registered graphic designer. The event focused on how to transition a report into a powerful presentation using four key components; preparation, content, delivery and slides.   Stewart began the session by reminiscing about his time as a 20-year-old rookie reporter interviewing Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Describing himself as very nervous at the time, he was calmed down when Trudeau graciously whispered to ...
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Cybersecurity breaches are inevitable for organizations of any size and industry. How an organization prepares for, and responds to, an incident, can be the determining factor on whether that incident is a near-miss or a headline story. Recently, the CMC-ON GTA Chapter held a Governance event to address this very issue – and were joined by Alex Rau, Senior Manager, Security Consulting Services at Mandiant for a terrific discussion. Post-event, I chatted with Alex to get some quick tips on how should small / medium size businesses should prepare for cybersecurity challenges.  About the Interviewer  –  Tom Koor, CMC, Chair, Governance ...
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Stand out from the crowd When I walked into an M&A conference room in New York, I understood I need to be confident to stand out in a man-dominated industry and race & gender inequality society.  Around 150 people attended this meeting but I only saw 10 women in this conference.  Among these 10 women, I only saw two Asian women. Luckily, I gained new knowledge, connected with some nice people and found business opportunities in this conference. In fact, it’s not every time I was in such a good situation. Some people treat you unfairly because race, gender or other reasons. I told myself instead of changing people’s mind, I need to be strong! ...
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