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Which comes first?As we work towards Healthy Leaders and Healthy Organizations the question arises: What is the higher priority; the health of the leader or the health of the organization?Of course we want to see growth in both, that’s obvious. What leaders are asking is how the two important things interact and affect one another. Do healthy leaders make healthy organizations or is it more the other way around?Here’s what I’ve seen:-An unhealthy organization repeatedly hire apparently healthy leaders who either became or had hidden the truth that they wereSEE DETAILS

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I love the Olympics.Even though I am well aware of the many (many) ethical problems in the International Olympic Committee and the many (many) ways the movement fails to live up to its espoused ideals I find myself caught up in the competition, the stories of the athletes, and the raw emotion on display. I’ll be staying up too late and getting up too early most days until the Closing Ceremonies of Tokyo 2020 to watch as much live as I can.This morning I watched Canada’s beloved swimmer Penny OleksiakSEE DETAILS

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Some people get a kick out of offending people. They find it exhilarating and it gives them some sense of superiority and righteousness. These people are usually jerks.Most respectable leaders try to avoid causing offence when they can. They go out of their way to consider the perspectives of others and sculpt their communications to ease the way for hard things to be received. They know that in the long term winning people over is worth the extra effort.But sometimes it can’t work. Sometimes there’s no third way, no compromise, noSEE DETAILS

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For too many leaders a bruised ego can feel like a life threatening injury.When we are driven by insecurity we are dangerously vulnerable to being devastated by the slightest critique or failure. Our self worth is tentatively balanced between arrogance and self-hatred and we need constant boosts and affirmations to keep us from tipping into despair.Maybe your experience is less dramatic, but most of us can relate to the sense of our identity being too closely tied to our performance and the approval of others. If we don’t get aSEE DETAILS

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I love my country. And I’m ashamed of it.The ongoing discoveries of unmarked graves of indigenous children removed from their homes and forced into residential schools for the purpose of ending their cultures is a stark and painful reminder of one of the most insidious truths about Canada. While visiting our capital with my family last week we were silenced by the hundreds of children’s shoes placed in front of our parliament. Many more shoes, toys, and works of art surround the nearby Centennial Flame. The power of the message,SEE DETAILS

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