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Taking Smart Risks and Making the Right Decisions

Taking Smart Risks and Making the Right Decisions

Full disclosure: I do not consider myself to be a risk-taking individual. When I was in Queenstown, New Zealand (widely known as the adventure capital of the world), I chose to visit a maze, rather than skydive, zipline, or bungee jump above some of the most beautiful...

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The Most Effective Team Building Activities

The Most Effective Team Building Activities

We all know that teamwork, or effective collaboration, is a “good thing.” Teams that work well together – and that trust one another – are more likely to produce high quality work, and organizations with interdependent workstreams and structures benefit from improved...

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How to Deal with Silos at Work

How to Deal with Silos at Work

For most of us, silos at work aren’t of the grain-holding variety. Instead, they’re the deep – and often deeply problematic – rifts that emerge between divisions or groups in your organization. Whether your organization is large and stratified, or divided across...

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Finding Bright Spots for the Holidays

Finding Bright Spots for the Holidays

One of our favourite traditions at MacPhie is hosting our Gin with a Genius series, where we invite inspirational, innovative, and generally super smart people to come by the office to share their insights and ideas with us. These sessions are always extremely...

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Fail Quickly, Creatively and Right Now

Fail Quickly, Creatively and Right Now

The fear of short-term failure often cripples individuals and organizations from pursuing creative endeavours that could lead to long-term success.I think it is safe to say that most organizations and their employees value creativity. Yet, seeing is believing. Many...

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Workplace Productivity Tactics

Workplace Productivity Tactics

In the pre-internet age, productivity was all about good time management. Intelligent planning was often all it took to accomplish everything on your to-do list and more. With the advent of email, social media and other technological distractions, the magnitude of...

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The Surprising Ways Improv Can Impact Your Business

The Surprising Ways Improv Can Impact Your Business

Drama, stand-up comedy, jazz music, freestyle rapping and business – what do these all have in common? They free you up to improvise. More often than not, improvisation is associated with things, yet improvisation is not a thing – it is a process of creating a thing....

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Hear, hear! – The Importance of Being Heard

Hear, hear! – The Importance of Being Heard

In parliaments across the globe, politicians shout, “hear, hear!”— and, no, it’s not “here, here”— as a form of verbal applause. It is a shortened version of the older “hear him, hear him!” and serves as a way to show approval of what another person is saying.In the...

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What Leaders can Learn from Kawhi Leonard

What Leaders can Learn from Kawhi Leonard

To paraphrase the great sports writer Cathal Kelly, it’s the personalities and drama that make sports truly interesting – often more than the winning or losing of the games themselves. Without great characters, who are often larger than life, watching sports can get...

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