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Risk Is Not a Four Letter Word

Along with resolutions, a new year often means change and new initiatives. New opportunities can be an exciting time, but before you jump feet first into a new project/initiative, you should ask yourself: Is it worth the risk? What are…

Lac-Mégantic and The Tragedy of Corporate Culture

Lac-Mégantic is a picture-postcard town in the historic Eastern Townships of Quebec. It has served as a civic hub of the region, and many of the residents are employed in lumber related industries – with tourism becoming an increasingly…

Food Safety and the Globalization Challenge

Globalization has been radically transforming markets and entire industries for long enough now that it’s no longer an interesting conversation. However, the food and beverage industry moved more slowly than other manufacturers to…

A new way to bully the bullies – Mental Health in the Workplace

Mental health has been at the forefront of many conversations this week as Bell Canada has reported on the results of the ‘Bell Let’s Talk’ campaign. The campaign has a goal – like many of these corporate initiatives – to raise money…

Regulatory, Quality, and Food Safety – Lessons from Toronto

If you could guarantee a strong food safety culture and compliance in two steps – would you do it? Last week (October 23rd and 24th) I attended the 3rd Annual Food Regulatory & Quality Assurance Summit in Toronto. The two-day event was…

Food Safety Culture at the Heart of Canada’s Largest Meat Recall

Over the past month XL Foods Inc, Brooks plant in southern Alberta has been the focus of Canada's largest meat recall in history.  Information about the current recall at XL is still preliminary, however, the information available…

Enterprise Risk Management, Planning, and Decision-Making (Pt 2)

In the first post on ERM, we discussed what Enterprise Risk Management means and some approaches that you can take to identify risks.  However, the article ended with a big, “And I’m supposed to do what with this information?” So, let’s…

Enterprise Risk Management, Planning, and Decision-Making

The Oxford Dictionary defines risk as “a situation involving exposure to danger” or “the possibility that something unpleasant will happen”.  We prefer to use a neutral definition of the term “risk”: Risk is the combination of the…

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…

Strategic Planning and Risk Management

In the first blog of this series Strategic Planning as an Organizational Learning Model, I suggested that a strategic plan should represent the best of the collective learning of the organization. My second post dealt with Strategic…

Sustainability and Collaboration

I was fortunate to attend my second – and the 23rd bi-annual – Corporate Affiliates Workshop Series presented by the AHC Group, June 20 - 21, 2012, in Saratoga Springs,New York. This workshop was very similar in format to the session…

A Primer on Evaluation in the Government of Canada

One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.     - Milton Friedman Delta Partners is pleased to present our newest eBook Evaluation - A Primer on Evaluation in the…

How Resilient Is Your Organization?

In response to last year’s H1N1 crisis, I posted a blog suggesting it would be timely for organizations to consider a strategic planning exercise aimed at developing contingency plans that could be quickly implemented to ensure…

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…

Are You Prepared for the Future? How to Deal Effectively with Global Turbulence and Uncertainty

We live in a period of what British management thinker Charles Handy has called Discontinuous Change - that change arrives in erratic, unpredictable bursts. Handy is regarded as one of the top thinkers of all time, ranking beside…

SCENARIO PLANNING: Create a Context

In my November blog post  Scenario Planning: Crystal Balling or Smart Business?, I looked at how scenario planning makes good business sense and shared a client success story. The example I used was part of a strategic planning session…

Managers: 7 Steps to Successful Project Launch

You have a fairly clear picture of what you want to accomplish and you've secured the budget, so you’re ready to start a new project...or are you? Plan to Fail I think that most of us are familiar with the old adage “Fail to…

Scenario Planning: Crystal Balling or Smart Business?

Is trying to make projections for the future – which is not the next year, but three to five years out – too risky?  Might this be perceived as “crystal balling” and not worth the time and effort, or might it be something that makes…

10 Ways to Embrace Positive Risk-Taking

The Oxford Dictionary defines risk as “a situation involving exposure to danger” or “the possibility that something unpleasant will happen”.  In common terms, we usually think of risk as the potential for undesirable consequences,…