(photo credit http://angela-vandenbogaard.deviantart.com/) Did you know that the root ball of a tree mirrors its leaf span?  I think of values as the root ball of my tree… me, who I am.. steadying me in the wind, my anchors. Naming those values though can sometimes be tricky and today…..I found a site that lists over 400…

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This weekend was fabulous. Spent two days at Social Media Camp Victoria 2011, where I was not only a speaker on a panel for HR and Social Media, but was a great big sponge… soaking in information, energy and meeting incredible individuals. I have to say though, the most incredible part was attending the conference with…

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  Every day I become more firmly planted in the camp that believes social media and technology has the opportunity to help people think differently, collaborate in new ways, solve new problems, make money, expand networks and get to an answer faster. The above image is the summary of comments on a post this morning I…

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Let’s face it. In leadership roles, we get caught up in the rush of feeling “needed”,  solving problems, making things  “happen” and driving direction. I think something else happens though as well. When “the boss” is around all the time, even the most high performing teams can get a sense of security from trusting that you are there…

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I feel incredibly lucky to be part of several different COMMUNITIES. There is of course the community I live in, the communities I network with, work with and play with. Communities of peers, colleagues, professionals. Online communities; In-person communities. There is brilliance within each of us and when we become part of something larger than…

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I get asked frequently to talk about Leadership ; My beliefs about Leadership; my advice on Leadership; My experience with Leadership; So I wanted to kick off the New Year sharing those thoughts with you. When you see me in person, you get to hear the stories behind these beliefs! The influence each of us has…

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When I started my company, I knew it would be a different kind of company. One that from the outset would be about moving the dial in tiny ways, like the flap of a butterfly’s wings… in the clients I chose to work with, the network I built around me and the belief transcending it…

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Recently I had the chance to share some insights with local HR practitioners in Whistler about dipping their toes in the waters of social and technology tools to increase the level of engagement in their organizations. The most important thing to remember before you read this list though is this. If your organizational culture CURRENTLY…

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A few days ago,  I had the honour of being one of 5 speakers at the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers “Rising Stars” showcase. The panel of judges was incredible, led by Peter Legge , owner of the $35 million communications conglomerate that owns among other things BC Business Magazine. The winner of the competition gets…

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Titles are a funny thing. I recognize the need to categorize the  work people do, but I question whether in today’s business environment they are accurate. Prior to starting Impact People Practices,  I was hired to lead the People side of a luxury hotel management company. The owners believed if we could attract and retain the…

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