Humility – Manage Like a Mother

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Mother Teresa of Calcutta was an immigrant.  Her followers take vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience and to give “wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor”. Born in Kosovo she moved to India where her life was spent managing homes for people dying of HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; mobile clinics; orphanages […]

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Empowerment – Manage Like a Mother

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Climbing to the top of Mount Norquay is exhilarating. Our guide Keno took this shot of me with my favorite (and only) daughter Morgan and the famous town of Banff far below us in the background. Actually, neither Morgan or I are climbers. Sure, we are athletic and we have been on climbing walls but […]

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When Focus Meets Determination

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My favorite part of my role as a recruiter and coach is that I often meet people who are in-between jobs or in roles that are just not inspiring to them. They often come to see me to get help on finding the ideal role, a cry for a change, a little inspiration, a desire […]

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Planning – Manage Like a Mother

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I took this picture on our trek of one of the most fascinating areas of my beloved Italy, the Amalfi coast. My wife Brenda and I started in Napoli with a steep walk to the top of Mount Vesuvius and a visit to the ruins of Pompei. We then started in Amalfi and walked south to Positano […]

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5 Ways To Stop Hiring Managers That Suck!

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North America spends $14 billion a year on leadership development and over two million leadership articles and books have been published. And what have we got to show for it? The results have been truly staggering, the application of trillions of dollars and countless man hours sees employee engagement falling or stagnant and workplace stress at record highs. Most of us, […]

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WMC Featured in Calgary Herald: Focus on Leadership

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As featured in the Calgary Herald – November 29, 2016 Focus on Leadership series. WMC Offers Trusted Expertise While change might be inevitable, success most certainly is not; that’s why it’s wise to use every tool available in the pursuit of prosperity. With offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver, and more than 70 professionals, Western […]

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MLAM: Manage Like a Mother

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October whale-watching near Victoria, BC in an open zodiac is not for the faint hearted.  By the end of the adventure you are drenched, frozen, rattled and exhilarated. It would have been a lot easier but much less dynamic to join the hundreds of others in the heated enclosed boats!  The decision to take the […]

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Dear Calgary: Letters to the Next Generation of Leaders

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In celebration of their 125th anniversary, The Calgary Chamber released a book called, Dear Calgary: Letters to the Next Generation of Leaders. Many prominent Calgarians were asked to contribute, including WMC Calgary Director Narmin Ismail-Teja. See the Calgary Chamber’s press release below. A city is only as strong as its human capital, and Calgary has been fortunate to […]

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Are you ready for API RP 1173?

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Earlier this year API published their introductory guide to implementing RP 1173 that was written for them by WMC.  You can find the guide on the PipelineSMS website in the documents section.  Since that time, we’ve been developing our next RP 1173 support tool – a comprehensive assessment and improvement plan offering.  Most of the […]

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Agile or Waterfall . . . What Really Matters is Fit

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Many companies struggle with the debate about whether to follow agile or waterfall project management methodologies. What really matters in any situation is fit. In one company I worked with, the question of agile versus waterfall became paralyzing. As the company grew in size and complexity, the executives wanted to adopt more formal project management […]

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My Leadership Shelfie

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There are so many books that have played an integral role in my life and career that naming just a few seems…well…unjust! The ones I have chosen stand out because of their lasting impact. Earth from Above – Yann Arthus-Bertrand This high altitude photo essay-style collection unveils the world to fill you with awe, open […]

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Order in a World of Chaos

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“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” – Mark Twain   A great quote, and so true.  So let’s get started… The process of breaking down complex tasks into components that we […]

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Aspiration before Action–or the other way around?

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Is it just me, or have we all been hearing the word aspiration a lot lately?  There was a time when those in charge of strategy talked about nothing but actions—what are we going to do? and how will we measure it? This was strategy in their minds.  Now there seems to be constant talk […]

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Is Profit All There Is to Strategy?

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Almost every profit-earning organization I meet with struggles with the question of where does profit fit into strategy.  Is it the ultimate driver of strategy? Michael Porter (Harvard Business School) would say that it is.  Should it be a part of the vision, mission and goals?  How are financial targets woven into a strategic plan? […]

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What Makes Your Company Great? Do More of That.

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As companies grow they need to evolve. But with evolution also comes the risk that the company might lose the “secret sauce” that made it a winner in the first place: the work expands, new people come on board and the organization breaks into silos that no longer function as a unit. To scale successfully, […]

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2015: Pulse Check – WMC on LinkedIn Pulse

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From identifying change resistance to visualizing your social capital,WMC’s experts have been weighing in on LinkedIn.   Click here to view our downloadable eBook, 2015: Pulse Check. For more updates, follow WMC on LinkedIn and on Twitter.

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WMC Leadership Series 2016

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Days after providing a fiscal update, the Honorable Minister of Finance, Joe Ceci, spoke to a full house at a recent Leadership breakfast hosted by WMC (Western Management Consultants) in celebration of their 40th anniversary. Minister Ceci emphasized that in spite of the most “profound economic challenges not seen in decades”, the Alberta provincial government […]

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Post-Acquisition Integration

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A colleague of mine recently wrote a blog on her coaching practice citing that a key question to ask an employee is “Tell me about the best day you ever had at work?” An interesting way to get at the heart of what one values in the work they do. Now – fast forward to […]

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Good Governance

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On January 25th Accreditation Canada brought forward Governance standards to assess health care organizations effective January 2017. Upon reflection, the guidelines seem to provide a solid framework that all Boards can learn from – both public and private. Accreditation Canada looks at Board standards using four functions of Board accountability: Its own effectiveness as a […]

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It’s Not Just About Followers…

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You often read articles about big Twitter influencers and 99/100 of those articles list user accounts that have large numbers of followers, describing those same people as the “Twitter power houses” of their area. But it’s rather more complex than that – sure if you have lots of Followers then you have potential power, but […]

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Strategy–Art or Discipline?

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There’s a difference between the art of strategy and the discipline of a strategic plan. Why is strategy an art? Because it’s debatable. Because we’re never certain just exactly what is good strategy. Because its definition changes over time. But like art, there are certain properties of strategy that stay relatively constant over time—its representational […]

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What Were You Doing On Your Best Day? Do More of That.

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When I am coaching, the conversation usually starts with a simple question: tell me about the best day you ever had at work. Everyone has had a “best day.” It is one of those days when you feel like you are in control: you understand the goal, have the skills you need and you like […]

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Thriving in the New Normal

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The Oil economy has undergone a transformational change and many of us have found a way to adjust and survive. Now, how do we thrive again? Those who are hanging on and waiting for oil prices to recover are missing a massive opportunity to dramatically change their world for the better. As leaders we must […]

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Identifying Change Resistance

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Can you see Change Resistance?  Before it occurs?  Wouldn’t that be useful?  Imagine the time, energy and cost you could save if you could just identify those resistors, before they resist?  Well, if you are a Project Sponsor or a Program or Project Manager you will probably be familiar with a diagram like the one […]

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The End of the Swim Lane?

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Over the past few posts on Pulse, I’ve highlighted a number of business scenarios where you can use network analysis techniques to derive insights you just can’t obtain from other methods.  Here’s another interesting application – Business Process Analysis. Below is our typical view today – a swim lane of a business process flow, but […]

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Keep Your IT Department at Arm’s Length During a CMMS Implementation: Here’s Why

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No matter how little you think you know about choosing and integrating a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), the most important thing to know is this: do not let your information technology department run the show. A CMMS is really about asset management, not information technology. Such software systems help maintenance teams keep an electronic […]

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Why Am I a CMC?

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WMC is a long-time supporter CMC-Canada, and many of our consultants across the country have earned the designation of Certified Management Consultant. Cathy Tait from WMC’s Toronto office highlights some of the benefits that CMC brings to the table CMC-Canada’s latest video. “We need to get the stories out about the difference that CMC’s have made in the marketplace […]

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What is Culture? Why Does it Matter?

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Some time ago I was privileged to attend a presentation that focused on a particularly challenging set of events for a large organization, the changes in leadership that took place at the time, and the dynamic environmental circumstances that this organization faced in overcoming its time of crisis. There were a number of gems of […]

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Three Areas of Focus to Enhance Strategic Planning

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Over the years of involvement with strategic planning, I have found focusing in three activities can make a significant difference to support the success of the strategic plan: Over the years of involvement with strategic planning, I have found focusing in three activities can make a significant difference to support the success of the strategic […]

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Leadership in Uncertain Times

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You’ve reorganized, cut discretionary spending and gotten close to your customers …now what?  The storm seems to have subsided but clouds hover on the horizon. As a leader you must help your team face the future in a productive way or risk fueling a downward spiral of failure and regret. Yet the forecast is unclear, […]

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4 Functions of Multimedia Content in Your CMMS

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Simply put, your CMMS provides a solid framework on which to record the planning and execution of work and any anomalies experienced. It also provides tools to analyze and report on the data collected, for improving your work program and making management decisions regarding recruitment, training, workplace layout, signage, capital replacement, and so on. Although […]

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10 Steps for Better Asset Management in 2015

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A new year is upon us, giving rise once again to reflect on where we are personally and in business, and what New Year’s resolutions might be helpful. This column outlines a ten-step New Year’s plan to improve how assets are managed at your company. Now if you are reading this and New Year’s Eve […]

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Comparing RFP vs. RFQ vs. RFI Approaches When Purchasing a CMMS

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There are many ways to approach the procurement of software, hardware, or services, whenever you decide to replace or upgrade your CMMS and related systems. Regardless of which approach you use, there is always an element of gathering information, obtaining a price, and negotiating terms and conditions based on user requirements. This may involve multiple […]

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Risk Scoring Using Your CMMS

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David Berger says ensure that you focus on the right work on the right assets at the right time. With growing automation and more complex assets comes growing risk, where risk is defined as the probability and impact of a negative consequence. In the world of asset management, negative consequences can take many forms, such […]

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Performance Management – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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If you’ve been following posts for the past several weeks thanks for bearing with me as I’ve tried to cover off a lot of territory on performance management. I started the series by touching on the dread and anxiety too many of us – leader and follower alike – feel when we approach what has […]

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Performance Management – The Value of 360 Degree Feedback

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One of the tools that I believe is under-utilized or poorly executed in performance management is 360-degree feedback. I have found it to be worth the effort it requires both as it relates to my own performance assessments and to those that have received evaluations from me. The value of a 360-degree assessment comes from […]

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Performance Management – It’s Not a Magic Act!

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If you are old-school like me, one of the enduring images of magic is the proverbial rabbit out-of-the-hat trick. For some reason I even conjure up images of magic being performed by looney tunes characters – Bugs Bunny turning the tables on Elmer Fudd or Yosemite Sam. Aside from Bugs making whatever scheme backfire on […]

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Twitter. Valuable or Value-less?

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Well I guess that all depends on how you use it, but what always amazes me is how little thought organizations seem to put into their use of Twitter and especially how they use Followers and Followed. With Twitter it’s important to remember that it’s DIRECTED data i.e. the communications have a definite directional flow […]

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Performance Management – It is What You Make of It

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The subject of team-based compensation systems came round to my attention again this past week and some of the themes that presented out of those discussions included: Are we willing to remove the people or teams that hold everyone else back? How do you get everyone engaged and moving in the same direction? If I’m […]

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Developing Criteria-Based Privileging in British Columbia

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Emma Bloch-Hansen, a director at our Vancouver office, recently had an article published in the Spring issue of The Canadian Journal of Physician Leadership on her work with Dr. Jon Slater and other medical practitioners.  Their article, “Developing criteria-based privileging in British Columbia” is on page 20 of the issue on the Canadian Society of Physician Executives website.  

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Get Emotional About a Culture of Safety

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It was a small terraced house in a northern English city. The young couple did not look old enough to have a son in our apprentice program. They gave me a cup of tea and I sat down on their sofa. There was no TV, just some chairs, a picture of their son and the […]

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WMC’s Network Analysis Service

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Our very own Mike Hughes has been posting on LinkedIn about the value Network Analysis can bring to support Organizational Change Management. WMC can offer such a service to all its Clients and if you’d like to find out more, please download our free brochure or contact our Calgary Office for more details.

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Understanding and Celebrating Differences at the Core of this Management Consultant’s Practice

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Narmin Ismail-Teja is a citizen of the world. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, her ancestry is Indian and her life experience Canadian. She grew up in Vancouver after arriving there as an immigrant at the age of nine. Thus, this Management Consultant with expertise in leadership development, diversity, inclusion and cultural competence in Calgary’s Western Management […]

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Continuing a Guinness World Record Mindset into Today’s Process Improvement

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Setting a Guinness Book of World Records for most falling dominoes was the domino effect of Mark van der Meer’s life. Today, a business management consultant with Western Management Consultants (WMC), Mark first distinguished himself at university, back home in the Netherlands. An aerospace engineering student at the time, the then-23 year old was part […]

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Dawn Manning profiled in Running Room Magazine

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Those of you who are keen runners around Calgary will probably know that Dawn Manning, one of WMC’s Calgary Directors, is a keen runner and can often be found leading local running classes. Running Room Magazine profiled Dawn in their recent issue, which you can find here

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