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Alcohol and Drug Addiction is a Huge Moose

Peter Dunfield, Senior Advisor, Safety Health and Environment at Syncrude in Fort McMurray, Alberta sent this photo of a thank you memento he was given after his presentation a few years ago to The Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA). Peter had asked for my permission to use one of my moose-on-the-table slides to raise […]

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Breaking Through the Bull: Removing Barriers to Building a High Performance Organization

Writing Moose on the Table gave me the chance to bring alive many of the leadership principles I wrote about in my five previous books, and spoke about during my decades of facilitating workshops and retreats. Researching, outlining, and writing a book always deepens my thinking and provides me with a framework to create practical […]

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Tools, Tips, and Techniques for…Living True to You

Establish your three – five personal core values. These could be words or short phrases that represent what you care most about in life. Are these truly your own beliefs and values or are they what other people or institutions have said you should care about? Ensure that your day planner and calendar reflect your […]

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmmm…on Stories, Mythology, and Metaphors

“The universe is made of stories, not atoms.” – Muriel Rukeyser, American novelist, poet, biographer, and screenwriter   “Wherever a story comes from, whether it is a familiar myth or a private memory, the retelling exemplifies the making of a connection from one pattern to another: a potential translation in which narrative becomes parable and […]

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Most Popular December Improvement Points

Improvement Points is a free service providing a key thought or quotation from one of my articles, provided three times per week, directly to your e-mail inbox. Each complimentary Improvement Point links directly into the full article on our web site that spawned it. If you’d like to read more about that day’s Improvement Point, […]

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Leadership Is an Action, Not a Position

An early Moose on the Table reader e-mailed me that she quite liked the book. But she bitterly complained about not being in a position of power and authority as Pete Leonard (the central character) and the other characters in the book. She was very right about this book being directly applicable to those in […]

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Moving Out of Pity City

A day after long time Improvement Points subscriber, Larry Beckon, received the following Improvement Point he sent me the e-mail below: "A thirty-eight year old man was at his parent’s home for Sunday dinner. He mournfully turned the discussion to his many problems, ‘I’ve just left my third failed marriage, I can’t hold onto a […]

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Strung Up By an Unlikely Story?

In the November Leader Letter I announced we were building a Moose Gallery and asked for stories and photos (see “It’s Moose Hunting Season”). Within a week of that issue hitting inboxes, I had three readers send me the following photo and story: Pogo Moose Incident – Fairbanks, Alaska "They were laying new power cables […]

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Tackling Communication Breakdowns Up, Down, and Across the Organization

Way too many teams – and often entire organizations – are trapped in the communication maze. This results in waste and rework, reduced productivity, workplace accidents, and plummeting morale. Of course, turnover also increases as frustration leads good people to look for more rewarding work elsewhere. As you can read in the Preface to Moose […]

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Lessening My Anxiety: Great Feedback to Kick Off My New Book!

Since the fictional approach of Moose on the Table is such a big change from my previous books (although Growing the Distance and The Leader’s Digest have fictional elements with fables and stories sprinkled throughout) I’ve been quite keen to get feedback from readers. So Curwin Friesen, President of Friesens Corporation, made my day when […]

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Tools, Tips, and Techniques for…Living Above the Line

The following are a few “personal application ideas” I pulled together in an extensive redesign I have just completed for a practical implementation workbook based on Growing the Distance for my Practical Leadership Strategies for Peak Performance workshop. Search out/collect stories of inspiring people who have overcome large obstacles in their lives (see examples from Growing […]

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A Job, Career, or Calling?

There are many reasons people work. Here are what I think are the three main categories: Job A means to some other end Providing financial support I don’t expect much else from my work Often little loyalty or emotional commitment (“work is a four letter word”) Move on if a better job (usually more money/benefits) […]

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The Fish Tank Factor

In The Leader’s Digest, I wrote the following about the kind of culture or environment created by management teams: If you buy a little goldfish and keep it in a small bowl, it will remain no bigger than a few inches long. Move that same fish to a large aquarium and it will double or […]

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Most Popular November Improvement Points

Improvement Points is a free service providing a key thought or quotation from one of my articles, provided three times per week, directly to your e-mail inbox. Each complimentary Improvement Point links directly into the full article on our web site that spawned it. If you’d like to read more about that day’s Improvement Point, […]

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Is Moose on the Table Suitable for All Staff?

“Hi Jim, I have two coordinators and 10 staff ranging from a financial officer to HR assistants and records clerks. Would this book be suitable for all staff or just the coordinators?" Bev Hi Bev, I actually wrote Moose on the Table (and we’ve priced it) to be purchased in bulk for everyone in an […]

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Feedback and Follow-up: Ways to use The Leader Letter

Nearly three hundred readers responded to our survey regarding The Leader Letter. The ratings and feedback has been very useful and gratifying. Eighty-five percent rated The Leader Letter’s overall quality an eight or more out of ten. Other insights about which sections or regular features are most useful, along with the newsletter length, and why […]

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Chapters One to Eight Now Online – With Video Commentary

A respondent to our Leader Letter survey question around what feature he or she would like to see added to the newsletter wrote: “I’d like to see a fable corner…perhaps a variation on the Moose on the Table book. It could be a fable with a ‘moral to the story’ component or it could be […]

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Start Your Day With a Leadership Boost!

As we track the patterns of growing traffic to our web site, we continue to see the vast majority of visitors come to read through my archive of nearly three hundred articles, book excerpts, and columns . Comments like this one from Luís always make my day! His feedback also lets us know that our […]

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Even the Maple Leafs can use some advice

For those who don’t know, Toronto’s hockey team, the Maple Leafs are having a terrible year…again. Recently there has been a lot of talk about the future of the team’s General Manager and Coach. In this morning’s Globe and Mail, there’s a story in the Management Section, where I’m quoted in regards to the situation. […]

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Thoughts That Make You Go Hmmmm…on Harnessing the Timeless Power of Stories

“A good rule of thumb from examining human history, the role of parables, and the influence of the Christian Bible: Never under-estimate the power of a good story.” – John P. Kotter and Dan S. Cohen, The Heart of Change: Real Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations “When executives need to persuade an […]

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