From the President’s Desk

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  Recently we had a client discussion and one of the changes involved key team members on both sides to let go.  Sounds simple?  It is tough to actually let go.  Let's take a look at this topic and look forward to hearing from you with your ideas that have worked when letting go. How do we actually let go? I heard the same thing from our client as many of us have said before:   "I would let go if I knew it...

  Do you ever have a conversation where someone asks you to do something, you appear to understand, you perform the task and feedback is not at all what the other person was expecting? For those of you who immediately answered "never", share your secrets with the rest of us! Understanding expectations can sometimes be difficult.   All the information is not necessarily shared.   You do not ask enough questions and you may make some presumptions along the way. A good practice is to repeat...

  Do you play it safe or do you take calculated risks? If you always play it safe then you have made the choice of not being a leader.  When you take all the time necessary to explore all the options and know the end result to guarantee practically zero risk then you are not a leader. Leaders take risks, however, most of the time, they take calculated risks.  Time is usually the essence and you take a snapshot, make some presumptions and...

  Are you setting the bar or simply allowing others to set the bar for you? Being the leader on your team, in your company or in your industry means you get to set the bar.  Yes this is your responsibility.  It is your responsibility to bring your team to this level. If you follow, instead of lead, then you have set the bar too low.   On paper it may look like success when you pass this lower bar, however, you and your...

  Enjoyed speaking to first year students and parents at the Dean of Science Reception event on Friday, September 16th, 2016. Thanks to Dr. Chris Houser, Dean of Science for the introduction and thanks to Gemma Grey-Hall for asking me to be a keynote speaker. The students had a lot of good questions afterwards and wishing them all the best on their degree as they prepare to enter their profession....

  We all make mistakes from time to time.   Learning from them and not making the same mistake twice teaches us to avoid these mistakes. How do you look at your tasks at hand and do you make any of these mistakes? Not Placing Value on a Task We prioritize our tasks and occasionally certain tasks are looked at as not valuable.  We scratch them off our list or simply place little effort into them.  They should all be looked at as important as...

  Most of us work daily as part of a Team and we contribute in our own way.  Some days we spend most of our time interacting with the Team working together on tasks.  Many days are fun and of course challenging as we keep learning new things all the time. Recently with the Nerd Olympics, the AlphaKORians have been challenged to work closely together outside of the office.   We have Team sports,  other outings and company events which are always fun. This...

  In what ways are you inspiring your Team to grow with your company long-term? Challenge your team to keep building on their skills, education and experiences.   This will reduce the stagnation many teams face where members get bored.  One constant in the technology and innovation sector to keep it exciting, there is always something new to learn and to nudge your team to add to their skill-set. Does your leadership style follow a bottom-line-driven mentality or follows a people-first culture?   When you...

  You can either stand out or fit in.  This is one of my favourite quotes is by Seth Godin.  What are you doing to stand out from the competition? Tell Your Story When you tell your story, bring who you are and your core values as you open up and share who you are.   Make it interesting and keep it light and concise.   There is a fine balance between sharing your successes and bragging. People want to hear about your successes.  They also...

  So how do you even determine what is the important stuff? Leaders set priorities that line up with their goals.   They focus on the important stuff and the difficult stuff instead of avoiding it or being too busy to deal with it.  Setting priorities is embedded in their leadership style to ensure what is important gets done instead of ignored. Everyone is not going to agree.  That is OK.  Remember your goals determine the plan.  If the task does not fit it...