The Most Common Leadership Pitfall

By Michael Timms | January 13, 2015

Having the freedom to make our own decisions is one of our most fundamental human needs. It’s like oxygen for the soul. The desire to exercise our agency becomes acutely evident in toddlers as soon as they learn to say the word “no”. It is such a fundamental human need that restricting a person’s ability…

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New Year’s Resolutions for Managers

By Michael Timms | January 6, 2015

New Year’s resolutions are usually things you want to start doing to improve yourself, such as working out more, eating more healthy foods, or reading more good books. But when it comes to being a better leader, it’s actually those behaviours that you stop doing that will bring about far more prosperity in the New…

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I Really Am More Important Than You

By Michael Timms | December 9, 2014

I used to think that arrogant people were attracted to positions of power because it gave them license to act out their true narcissistic nature. As it turns out, holding a position of power brings out the arrogance in all of us. Dr. Dacher Keltner, a leading researcher on the effects of power, asserts that…

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Good Leaders Don’t Motivate

By Michael Timms | December 3, 2014

I was an active kid, so the best thing I could find to do while my mom was shopping in a department store was to run up the descending escalator over and over again. Looking back on it, I’m sure I annoyed the unsuspecting escalator riders who were surprised to see an obnoxious little kid…

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I’m NOT a Rat! Get With The Times

By Michael Timms | November 26, 2014

In 1931, while the great depression was taking hold throughout the world, Al Capone was put in prison, the Empire State Building was completed, and a relatively unknown psychologist named B.F. Skinner received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Over the next 30 years, Skinner, best known for his work with lab rats, would change the…

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Leaving Money on the Table

By Michael Timms | November 14, 2014

When companies start looking for areas where they are leaving money on the table, they typically look at quality management programs and supply chain systems and agreements. They invest in Kaizen programs and 5S initiatives to eliminate waste, improve standardized processes, and drive savings through efficiencies. Companies include non-performance clauses in their supply-chain agreements, consolidate…

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The Self-Enhancement Bias

By Michael Timms | October 30, 2014

Have you ever heard someone in a leadership position flat-out admit that they thought they were not a good leader? I haven’t. That’s because only 2% would actually admit it. A poll that surveyed a million people revealed that 70% of them thought that they were above average in leadership ability. What’s even more telling…

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