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30Apr2020

The Bee Gees are back!

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Just before nodding off to sleep last night my wife turned over and asked me: “are you happy?” As with most men hearing this question, instant alarm bells went off.  With later elaboration, what she really meant was, now during this weird, self-isolating, social-distancing Covid 19 time, was I happy?   It got me thinking
20Apr2020

Developing New Habits

  • By Ian Bradley
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Good habits are great, they function like automatic algorithms that silently function in the background to help us engage in adaptive behaviour. Habits can not only propel us to good things that they do so automatically and without highly conscious and deliberate thought thus freeing our brains to do more complex things. Automatically buckling the
17Apr2019

Rewards at work: a cautionary tale

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I had the recent privilege of consulting to a company that specializes in employee recognition- the tangible kind of recognition where good performance is rewarded with personalized mugs, plaques or any number of concrete goodies from their expansive inventory. Their business is going well partially because many companies don’t take the time to properly evaluate
01Jan2019

Family Business Succession: my experience

  • By Ian Bradley
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In my work with family businesses, I find that succession planning is like taxes- it’s painful to do but the consequences of a failure to act are worse.   The pain is related to the myriad complexity of financial, legal and tax succession considerations but what is even more daunting to family members are the
30Aug2018

Peak Performance with Goal Setting

  • By Ian Bradley
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In my practice as a executive coach in Montreal, I am often confronted by clients who criticize themselves for lack of organizational skills.   “Why can’t I get this done?” or “I’m always behind”  and  “my to-do list never gets accomplished! “ are often common expressions of this malaise.   There are many excellent books
03Feb2016

Medical Leaves and Mustard Plasters (con’t)

  • By Ian Bradley
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In my previous post, I made the point that although the family physician provides the official “time-off-work-for stress” letter, the principal decision-maker is the patient. I argued that most workers under stress debate the pro’s and con’s of setting the medical leave in motion very much like we all did as children when awakening with
03Oct2013

Job Success Part II

  • By Ian Bradley
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In this second post related to the theme of success, I would like to address success in the workplace.  As a Montreal-based executive coach and workplace counselor, I often hear something like: “I’m doing my job well, but I’m not getting promoted!” It’s the common refrain of technically competent people who accomplish their job tasks,
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