Get Motivated: Goals, Obstacles & Creative Thinking

The most effective business leaders embrace curiosity, adaptability and vision – qualities that rely on creativity. So, it’s not surprising that there’s a close correlation between business success, innovation and creative thinking. Business leaders who nurture creativity as a key leadership skill are more likely to embrace potential over problems and opportunity over opposition. In other words, creative thinking arms you with all the reasons to act, while freeing you from the self-imposed and unwarranted limitations that often take root … Read More

6 Steps for Increasing Productivity with Effective Feedback

What’s your process for providing effective feedback to your employees? As a business owner, executive and/or manager, your leadership sets the tone and the standards within your organization. The way in which you manage and communicate with your employees could stifle creativity and motivation or it could unlock each team members’ greatest potential. That’s why it’s so important to prioritize leadership development training. In this post, we’ll explore six practical steps for improving one of the most integral elements of … Read More

Could Zero-Based Thinking Increase Your Profits?

  Have you ever found yourself questioning why every department seems to perform routine tasks a little (or a lot) differently? Often times, processes are developed out of necessity instead of being crafted strategically. The result is a patchwork of systems, processes, and policies that are inconsistent and inefficient. Instead of accepting a stagnant mentality of ‘this is the way things are done,’ an increasing number of executives are leveraging Zero-Based Thinking – a powerful business leadership tool that encourages … Read More

Strategic Planning 101: Conquer the 5 Most Common Mistakes

Strategic planning is a buzzword that’s been tossed around boardrooms and executive circles for years – leaving many business leaders feeling as though they are chasing the elusive strategic planning ROI. Just like with leadership development or sales techniques, effective strategic planning is a learned skill. At FocalPoint Canada, we help our clients navigate their business goals by working with them to develop roadmaps for success – aka strategic plans. To help you start thinking strategically about strategic planning, we’ve … Read More

Essential Employee Engagement Techniques for New Hires

Employee engagement is a topic that has taken center stage for today’s business leaders – partially because of its link with productivity optimization but also because low engagement levels have become an epidemic in the workplace. According to Gallup’s 2017 State of the American Workplace report, only one-third of the American workforce is engaged – meaning only 33% of workers are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and their employer.  This leaves 51% who are not engaged and 16% who are actively disengaged – meaning … Read More

5 Steps to Improve Your Listening Skills & Leadership Effectiveness

It’s not an accident that the most successful leaders are also very skilled listeners. That’s because communication – both how you deliver information and how you receive it – is the key to leadership effectiveness. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, executive or management hopeful, your listening skills play a critical role in your ability to become an influential leader, persuasive closer and impactful visionary. Here are 5 simple steps for improving your listening skills and, in turn, your leadership effectiveness. 1. … Read More

Your Most Valuable Financial Asset for Entrepreneurial Success

When asked about your most valuable financial assets, it’s common to consider the worth of your business, real estate properties and investment portfolio. However, you would be overlooking the most crucial asset for entrepreneurial success: your earning ability. As Brian Tracy says, “your ability to earn money is the most precious and perishable asset you have.” That’s because if you were to lose all the financial assets you originally considered (property, cars, bank accounts, etc.), your earning ability would allow … Read More

7 Essential Principles for Achieving Maximum Success

Why are some businesses more successful than others? It’s a question we’ve all considered at one time or another – especially if we look around and feel as though other professionals have identified some secret key for achieving maximum success. The truth is that we’ve all felt this way. In our intensely connected world, conflicting advice can be found around every corner. So, developing strategies that drive success begins with sorting through the “noise” and focusing your attention on these … Read More

Goal Setting Made Simple: 7 Steps for Success

Do you have goals or simply a destination? There’s a big difference. See, many business owners and executives believe they have goals when they actually have what’s better described as a “destination” – or a loosely defined point at which they’ll feel they’ve achieved success. Actual goal setting involves both qualitative and quantitative components. Qualitative definitions get you started by identifying the feelings or circumstances you want to realize (aka the destination). A common example of this would be the … Read More

Managing VS Coaching: The Key to Engagement is Superior Coaching Skills

When asked what’s more powerful – managing employees or coaching them – most business leaders are correct in responding with “coaching.” Many will add that they have adopted a coaching leadership style, but when asked to elaborate, it’s more common to discover that their coaching skills offer significant room for growth (to put it nicely). The truth is that most managers don’t know how to coach their employees, despite their desire to do so. However, the good news is that … Read More

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