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The SWOT Analysis: Will it ever die?

The SWOT analysis has been around, seemingly, forever. This is interesting only because nothing in the world of business management lasts for more than a couple of years before the big publishers and the HBR glitterati move us on to the…

10 Must-Have Communication Skills for Business Success

This is new for us – we've never posted an infographic on the Delta Blog before. But I came across this one that was published by Salesforce Canada, and I thought that it nicely captured some of the same messages that we try to share with…

5 Ways You Can Become a Better Listener

We spend a lot of time in our blog posts talking about employee engagement and how the single greatest driver of employee engagement is the employee’s personal relationship with their immediate supervisor. It is therefore crucial for…

10 Valuable Lessons for Aspiring Leaders

The motivation for this post stems from my own leadership journey over the past 25-plus years, during which time I moved in and out of formal management positions, worked as a project manager, thought leader, and economist. After…

Resilience eBook

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives.  It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.    - Charles Darwin Those people who are familiar with our site know that we…

Delta’s Top 10 Posts in 2012

Another year has sped by, and we’ve continued to publish posts fairly consistently (we aim for twice weekly on Tuesdays and Fridays) on the Delta Blog on a range of topics - from change management and leadership to food safety and…

Books You Should Read 2012: 5 New, 5 Not So New, 5 In the Works

 Some of our colleagues here at Delta Partners have recommended books that they have read and loved in 2012, that they have recently reread and still love, and that they can’t wait to read once they become available. And so, as many of us…

To lead change, we must learn to teach (Part 4)

  Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today's events.      – Albert Einstein In Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, we discussed memory and the ways in which we create networks of information. Now, let's look at the missing…

To lead change, we must learn to teach (Part 3)

I think poetry has lost an awful lot of its muscle because nobody knows any. Nobody has to memorize poetry.      – Peter Davison Let’s recap what we have discussed so far in this series.  In Part 1 we explored the concept that…

To lead change, we must learn to teach (Part 2)

I was asked to memorise what I did not understand; and, my memory being so good, it refused to be insulted in that manner.      –  Aleister Crowley   In Part 1 of this series we explored the idea that humans do not think in…

To lead change, we must learn to teach (Part 1)

If I can’t picture it, I can’t understand it.      - Albert Einstein   We think without words, without language. This strikes a great many of us as nonsense.  I find it especially true for those of us who spent years…

The 6 Inner Leadership Selves

Being a leader, in whatever capacity, is not a one dimensional affair. There are many ways we can practice leadership: at work, in our community, at home or in unexpected crisis situations. One thing is clear: you definitely don’t have…

Come to PS Engage 2011 and Think

We have burned a lot of cycles on this blog writing and writing and writing about… Some of the many hurdles facing the Canadian Public Service The Great Recession has left global markets in turmoil, and, even though we Canadians…

Which is your favourite book on STRATEGY?

      Here are my favourite books on strategy: The Art of War – Sun Tsu James Clavell This book offers an overarching vision of strategy and implementation that is still highly appropriate in the chaotic times we face. The…

The Benefits of Having a Mentor

Coaching and mentorship are two popular concepts that are used interchangeably quite often.  And while there are similarities, they are not the same thing.  Management and executive coaching seems to be quite in demand these days and…

Project Management as a Management Tool

When most managers talk about project management it’s normally associated with a major event like a building construction project or a new business system design. These projects require a high level of project management expertise such…

Creating Order and Meaning During Organizational Chaos: Fall and Rise of the Learning Organization

Delta Partners is proud to announce its second ebook: Creating Order and Meaning During Organizational Chaos: The Fall and Rise of the Learning Organization. This book provides a unique view of the many challenges faced by the…

Book Review: Switch - How to Change Things When Change Is Hard

The authors of one of the most popular business books of the last decade, Made to Stick, make their return with Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard.  Chip Heath, a Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Stanford…

Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace

Have you ever left a meeting and replayed an unsatisfactory conversation in your head? Left a difficult exchange with someone and wished that you had not reacted? Or perhaps wanted to say something and held back? Have you ever…

Are You an Authentic Leader or an Imposter? Peeling off the Veneer

Jim Taggart joins us again this week to share his thoughts on leadership with our readers.  This post originally appeared on Jim's blog 'Changing Winds', and appears here in its entirety. Jim is a leading thinker on the topics of…