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The Micromanagement Disease

I recently read a thought provoking article concerning micromanagement in the Harvard Business Review. The article, written by Muriel Wilkins, outlines a list on signs that signal a tendency towards micromanagement. I suggest that if this…

The Culture of Quality

This week we invited Sam Jbarah to contribute to the Delta Blog. Sam has been a long-time commenter here on our site, and it has become obvious that he shares a great many of the same views as we do. So, when he started talking to us about…

Meetings, Bloody Meetings

  “Meetings, bloody meetings!”  Does this sound familiar to you?  Yes, those were the words of John Cleese in his 1976 British comedy training film. For those of you who are aware of this film, or have been around long enough to forget…

Leading Through Change - Webinar Recording

As many of our regular readers know, from time to time I conduct webinars on various management topics. And, a few months ago, I had a webinar in which we discussed the importance of leadership whenever you are attempting to implement…

We Are What We Pretend to Be

We are what we pretend to be. So we must be careful about what we pretend to be.      – Kurt Vonnegut This has long been one of my favourite quotes. This isn’t even the first time that I’ve used it here. We all have our personal…

Elements of Leadership: Part Three – Love and The Matrix

Though you will learn quite a lot from this post on its own – please be aware that this is part three in a series that Phil is writing on essential elements of leadership. It will make even more sense if you read parts one and two as well!…

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Without a doubt, managers can create amazing changes by learning, living, and leading the vision of a better workplace—somewhere people can make their best contributions. The ‘L’ theme is an intriguing one that brought a stream of other…

Why Change Initiatives Fail

Editor’s Note: This post is a follow-up to Debra’s recently published, Is Your Organization Ready to Change? and offers some valuable food-for-thought as managers contemplate their next steps... An organization’s ability to successfully…

Getting to The Root of The Problem with The 5 Why’s

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.

 For want of a shoe the horse was lost.

 For want of a horse the rider was lost.

 For want of a rider the battle was lost.

 For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.

 And all for the want of a…

The ‘Team’ Leadership Point of View

In my last post (Leadership Point of View – A Framework), I argued that we need to be fully conscious of our history and habits, and the effect these have on how we influence others. A good understanding of these facets of our personality…

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…

Leadership Point of View – A Framework

Early in my career, I had the good fortune to work for an executive who studied and intuitively understood his own value system, his core personality, and how these things strengthened his own leadership potential. And to this day I…

With ‘Mission Statement’ Weird Al Just Wrote a Song About Your Office

If ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic has just moved from mildly amusing to curiously offensive, it’s time to take a close look at your communication style. If Weird Al just moved from mildly amusing to a comedic genius, then you… don’t have…

10 Guiding Principles for an Effective Performance Measurement Framework (revisited)

In our last post, Geoff Schaadt explored Performance Measurement and the effect that an appropriately implemented Performance Measurement program can have on organizational impact. With that in mind, we thought that it would be…

17 Basic Steps to Kick-Start Your Change Management Program

You know you’ve lived it. We all have. Every manager who has ever been handed a new program, policy, or initiative, followed by the Picardesque, “Make it so." So here, for you who are feeling overwhelmed and don’t quite know where…

Do you praise your employees enough? (updated)

We’ve been spending some time in our recent 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. Your ability to…

Delegate with Meaning: 4 Steps to Success (updated)

In several of our recent blog posts we have been highlighting that the single greatest driver of employee engagement is the employee’s personal relationship with their immediate supervisor. The question then becomes, what steps can…

Efficiency Indicators: Some Recent Lessons Learned

As we have spoken about previously, Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) has added program efficiency indicators to the MRRS refresh for 2014-2015. Lessons Learned In March we launched our Efficiency Indicator methodology, and over the…

CFIA Report: XL Foods Recall Preventable with Proper Culture

In September 2012, XL Foods – the second largest meat processing plant in Canada, representing one-third of the beef processing capacity in the country – was shut down in what would become the largest meat recall in Canadian history. I…

Food Safety and the Leadership Vacuum – Dallas 2013

Last week I had the pleasure of participating in the 3rd annual Food Manufacturing and Safety Forum in Dallas, Texas. Delta Partners was there to discuss our consulting capacity in organizational development and change management, as…