Public Safety Leadership: More on Servant Leadership and Team Development

This post was inspired by the Public Safety Leadership course that I recently taught as part of the Humber College Fire Service Executive Management Certificate.

While we were busy learning leadership concepts in the classroom, fire service professionals were busy writing about their real-world leadership perspectives in the Fire Rescue Magazine. Click the article titles below to read how classroom theory plays out in real life practice for a couple of fellow fire service professionals. Links provided courtesy of Richard Craibbe from the Oakville Fire Department Training Campus.

Servant Leadership in Today’s Fire Service

Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing

Do Your Managers Have These 10 Essential Skills?

When I speak with colleagues and clients about developing leaders, we don’t get too far into the conversation before one of us asks, “what, exactly does leadership development mean?” In part, this is because a laundry list of skills are associated with being a good leader.

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Thirteen Ways to Make the Most of Your MBTI Results

When people learn about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator instrument, they are naturally curious to know their “type code.” I always ask why. After all, if you’re going to invest in learning about yourself, you want to make sure that you benefit from the information.

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Career Portfolios: Creating Your Career Collage

Career Portfolios communicate your professional story beyond a resume’s capability. The career portfolios my students recently submitted as one of their assignments have inspired this month’s article.

Whether you are a job seeker, career changer, or happily building your career with your current employer, a career portfolio can help you create a balanced and fulfilling work life. I recently asked my students to submit a career portfolio as one of their assignments. Some students are new to the world of work, while others are planning their second or even third career. Whatever their story, their portfolios conveyed a powerful message about who they are professionally.  From an employer perspective, any reservation about hiring or promoting a candidate ‘light’ on relevant work experience completely dissolved.

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Six Strategies for Impactful Writing

This month’s article is dedicated to the Clear Writing workshop participants.

It is always a pleasure to deliver learning material on topics that are relevant, timely, and useful. Many thanks to the Centre for Education and Training for inviting me to deliver Clear Writing workshops. I learned early in my change management work that clear communications is the cornerstone to informing, influencing, and inspiring action. Here are six timeless strategies that will help you write with impact every time. Continue reading

Free Learning Resource that Helps You Make a Difference

This month’s post features a United Nations sponsored website which let’s you expand your vocabulary while you “earn” rice to feed the hungry.

Do you like to learn?  How about helping the less fortunate?  The following website can help you do both. Continue reading

What Makes a Great Presenter

This month’s blog has been inspired by my recent participation in the Canadian Fitness Professional’s conference (CanFitPro), the largest fitness conference in the world held right here, in Toronto, Ontario.

I always look forward to attending a few good workshops at the CanFitPro conference. In addition to being an informative event, I am continually fascinated by the caliber of presenters and trainers that this conference draws. Brimming over with informative content, these professionals know how to reach their audience in a meaningful and inspirational way. Continue reading

Top Ten MBTI® Reading List

This month’s blog has been inspired by the many questions I receive on how to ‘self-study’ your way into understanding personality type.

Check out these great books on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® for a good read as well as longer-term benefit potential. (You can purchase hyperlinked book titles directly from amazon.ca)

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Teaching to Personality Type (Part 2)

The following article is the second part of a two-part series on Teaching to Personality Type. Read Part 1 to review some popular learning styles for different MBTI® personality types.  Here’s what I reaffirmed when I put my insight to use in the classroom….

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Teaching to Personality Type (Part 1)

The inspiration for this month’s post comes from teaching at a local community college.

How would you go about hooking up your new universal remote control? Would you read the instruction manual, ask someone to explain how it works, or learn through trial and error?  What would you like to know about your new gadget –why the wires connect to the stereo components the way they do, the best way to maximize functionality, or how the different features control your TV and stereo settings?

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