good enough

When is “good enough,” Good Enough?

I’ve always been a bit of a perfectionist. At times I have struggled to let go of something until it’s perfect, spending far too long labouring over every word and number at the expense of my sleep, my sanity and the emotions of those around me. I beat myself up when I don’t do things […]

younger self

Advice for your younger self

How many times in life have you thought, “If I only knew then what I know now?” When you think about your younger self, what do you remember about starting your career? Try, if you can, to remember how you felt. What was exciting? What did you worry about? Think about your first “real” rung […]

high performers

When high performers can’t play nice with others

The solution for handling a problem employee who is a poor performer might be a no-brainer: You involve HR, document and terminate their employment. It’s not so easy, however, when you have a very difficult employee who is also one of your high performers. Unfortunately, it’s not that uncommon. Sometimes it’s a certain ego or […]

difficult conversations remotely

How to have difficult conversations remotely with your team

As leaders, we encounter all kinds of situations where we need to have difficult conversations with team members. It’s not easy at the best of times, but it’s even harder to have difficult conversations remotely.  With more people than ever working from home thanks to the worldwide pandemic, many leaders are trying to figure out […]