Freedom

Endurance and Equanimity: Attributes of an Effective Leader

Why We Should Do Better to See Social Entrepreneurship As a Spectrum

Artificial Intelligence is Shifting Traditional Notions of Competitive Advantage

Bonar Institute & Purposeful Leadership

Use Simple Rules to Avoid Bottlenecks

Align Virtual Teams and Employees with Your Organization’s Mission, Vision, Strat...

Disruption and Innovation



Freedom


Marielle Métrailler ECPC, ACC

April 6, 2021

Freedom is a deeply rooted value in how we live our lives in Western societies. It is a critical right at the foundation of our democracies. It is one of the keys to creativity and innovation. This is a fundamental value and I hear it in a lot of my coaching conversations. People are fighting for the right to be free everywhere in the world. But what does it mean to be free?



Endurance and Equanimity: Attributes of an Effective Leader


Lalith Gunaratne CET, MSc

February 24, 2021

Endurance is the ability of an organism to exert itself and remain active for a long period of time, as well as its ability to resist, withstand, recover from, and have immunity to trauma, wounds, or fatigue.



Why We Should Do Better to See Social Entrepreneurship As a Spectrum


Marie-Josee Levesque CPC, MBA, MA

January 27, 2021

As events were unfolding at the Capitol in Washington on January 6 and in the subsequent hours when technology giants like Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon decided to kick certain users off their platforms based on how users leveraged the platforms, I kept wondering how much longer the business world could continue to pretend that the sole objective of a corporation is to produce a return to its investors.



Artificial Intelligence is Shifting Traditional Notions of Competitive Advantage


Renuka Gamage MASc, MBA, PMP, CMP

January 5, 2021

Traditional sources of competitive advantage (CA) focus on relatively static aspects that allow companies to gain greater market share. Proprietary assets, distribution networks, access to customers, and ability to scale are the goals companies set to better position themselves in the market. How can Artificial Intelligence (AI) reframe a company’s competitive advantage?



Bonar Institute & Purposeful Leadership


James de Gaspé Bonar Ph.D., CEC, PCC

December 1, 2020

I am often asked what is purposeful leadership, and why is it the focus of the Bonar Institute? These queries have inspired me to revise an article I published on purposeful leadership following the founding the Institute in December 2014.



Use Simple Rules to Avoid Bottlenecks


Renuka Gamage MASc, MBA, PMP, CMP

October 1, 2020

Organizations that enable employees to feel respected as individuals, as professionals, and as members of a team, also trust them to fully develop the potential of their skills, talents, and creativity. 



Align Virtual Teams and Employees with Your Organization’s Mission, Vision, Strategy, and Values to Optimize Performance


John Barker JD, CCEP, CHC, CHPC, CHRC

September 8, 2020

Idea: Remote employees and virtual teams need continual alignment with your organization’s values, vision, mission, and strategy (VVMS) to optimize performance. Employee alignment with your VVMS mitigates some of the inherent performance challenges facing individual remote workers and virtual teams. The Bonar Institute offers a wide range of VVMS, diagnostic, coaching, and mentoring solutions that optimize remote work and virtual team performance.



Disruption and Innovation


Donna-Lea Bowman

August 16, 2020

When COVID 19 hit several months ago, the words we heard most in our collective lives were “disruption, chaos and disaster”. No one knew or could even imagine how the next few months would play out. At that time, we had no doubt that we would get back to our lives and businesses very quickly. When that did not happen, it became clear that to survive; businesses had to adapt and do it quickly.



Inherently Spiritual People must be led by Spiritually Intelligent Leaders


Lalith Gunaratne CET, MSc

August 9, 2020

https://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/does-spirituality-drive-successThe COVID pandemic has given the world a pause as we face the biological response to an ecological crisis. The crises exacerbated by the frenetic pace of the world with unfettered consumerism and economic growth has given us time to reflect on the merits of the globalized neoliberal world. The modern techno industrial complex has created a “material” human being separated from the spiritual nature of the human. This is not sustainable. 



Empowering Clients to Thrive, Not Just Survive


James de Gaspé Bonar Ph.D., CEC, PCC

August 3, 2020

Issue: The breadth and depth of risks facing businesses cannot be overstated. Seismic disruptions resulting from technological innovation and the instantaneous dissemination of data and information are transforming economies. Interconnectivity results in today’s crises being truly global - with no country or market spared. The nature of work itself has been dramatically changed due to novel critical risks facing organizations. 





Leadership’s ESG Imperative and Practical Suggestions for Addressing It


John Barker JD, CCEP, CHC, CHPC, CHRC

July 6, 2020

Idea: Multiple internal and external stakeholders increasingly insist that businesses address ESG issues. Leaders must apply emotional intelligence and change management skills to actualize ESG goals within their organizations.



Bouncing Forward: The Resilient Leaders’ Mindset


James de Gaspé Bonar Ph.D., CEC, PCC

May 3, 2020

As we all struggle to come to grips with the human and economic devastation caused by the ongoing evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the most insightful leaders are identifying ways forward. They are adept at adapting their organizations’ established contingency measures to the unprecedented existential challenges they are facing. They reinvent themselves and their organizations. They have a roadmap to create a new corporate culture capable of surviving the crisis and ultimately to thrive. These leaders require emotional intelligence (see my March 29 article, Managing in Times of Crisis).



Managing in a Time of Crisis


James de Gaspé Bonar Ph.D., CEC, PCC

March 29, 2020

Issue: Running a business is predicated on two things:
• Making decisions
• Executing the decisions made well

The importance of rational, effective decision making in a crisis cannot be overstated and the biggest impediments to making such decisions are risks and uncertainty. The breadth and depth of risks facing businesses today are immense. Profound disruptions resulting from technological innovation and the instantaneous dissemination of data and information are exacerbated by the global economic crisis caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. With so many critical corporate risks facing organizations, what mitigating strategies work best?



Business as Usual: A Quaint Idea of a Bygone Era - Uncertainty is the Only Certainty


James de Gaspé Bonar Ph.D., CEC, PCC

January 12, 2020

Issue: The current pace of change is unparalleled in human history. This is due to exponential technological advancements coupled with the instantaneous dissemination of data and information in our interconnected world. The increasing adoption of artificial intelligence and machine learning heralds the “fourth industrial revolution”.



Maturity Models for Leadership Risk Mitigation, Coaching, and Development


John Barker JD, CCEP, CHC, CHPC, CHRC

December 8, 2019

Idea: Maturity models are a powerful visual aid for all leadership development stakeholders to benchmark leadership development progress for organizations and the individuals that they employ.



Results-Driven Coaching in a Rapid-Fire World - Bonar Institute’s Proven Methodology


James de Gaspé Bonar Ph.D., CEC, PCC

September 8, 2019

“I have had a number of executive coaches in the past, but in the end of the day they went nowhere. I need real, lasting results!” We have heard this refrain from corporate, government and non-profit clients at the Bonar Institute. To ensure productive executive coaching, we offer clients our proven, customized six-month results-driven program - with clearly defined SMART Goals. We focus on client accountability and meaningful application in the execution of our clients’ managerial responsibilities.



Time Management Conundrum in Rapid-Fire World


James de Gaspé Bonar Ph.D., CEC, PCC

June 23, 2019

Our org chart has so many vacancies that our senior people have to fill multiple roles. And, in some cases, they’re even unaware of all their managerial responsibilities! Does, this situation sound familiar? If so, you are not alone. Many organizations are reeling in the turbulence of exponential change and relentless transition in today’s rapid-fire world.



How Business and Government Leaders Create a High-Performance Culture


James de Gaspé Bonar Ph.D., CEC, PCC

May 20, 2019

The role of an executive in today's global economy is not for the faint of heart. The pace of economic, technological and social change is unparalleled in human history. Executives must also keep pace with a flood of instantaneous gathered, disseminated and analyzed data and information. Many are left with a sense of insufficient time and lost opportunities.



Leadership & the Power of Influence


James de Gaspé Bonar Ph.D., CEC, PCC

March 24, 2019

One of my clients recently shared with me her frustration on being passed over for a promotion in her hoped-for ascent up the corporate ladder. A very capable executive, she is well liked and would appear to have all the requisite experience for a more senior management position. So, why didn’t it happen?

In my experience advising and coaching leaders, I have learned that the most successful executives lead through the power of influence. They inspire others to willingly implement their ideas. They have high-stakes influence conversations with their superiors, peers, direct reports and stakeholders. They maximize their probability of success by setting out specific goals for these conversations. There is no substitute for a thoroughly planned approach - including anticipating possible objections and rehearsing messages to be delivered in a concise and effective manner.



Servant Leaders and Unicorns


James de Gaspé Bonar Ph.D., CEC, PCC

February 3, 2019

 All organizations need leaders to provide focus, purpose, strategy and tactics. While there are undeniable differences and critical nuances among corporate, political and spiritual leaders, they all share fundamental challenges, including: vision, belief, courage, resolve, resilience, and authenticity. Such leaders strive to evoke in others the purpose and meaning which inspire themselves.



Abusive Leaders, Wounded Workers


James de Gaspé Bonar Ph.D., CEC, PCC

November 18, 2018

“I hate to have to speak to you about this Paul [all names have been changed]… but I feel I have to... I can’t go on like this… Sarah’s bullying is too much for me”. Sarah reports to Paul and is his star performer. “She often humiliates me in team meetings: ‘You’re dropping the ball Jake! You’re letting us all down! Hell, you’re letting me down! Get a grip!’ Paul, it’s reached the point where I can’t sleep at night. I’m stressed out … It’s affecting my home life…”



The Private/Public Management Divide


James de Gaspé Bonar Ph.D., CEC, PCC

October 21, 2018

Some of my executive clients share that they are attracted to government by the desire to improve service to the Canadian public in a more cost efficient way. They appreciate not being chained to quarterly results, allowing for more considered long term goal setting. They complain, however, about their difficulties in transitioning from the private sector to the public sector. They are challenged by what they perceive as the inadequacies and ineffectiveness of public administration. Some have argued that government should adopt standard business practices. One client related that it took him a full year to transition from the private enterprise to his new public sector position. He had been hired chiefly due to his business expertise as a results-oriented executive. Once on the job, however, he found the corporate public sector culture averse to his management style. He concluded that he was failing. It took time and considerable self-awareness for him to understand that he would have to adapt his leadership approach to be successful in his new reality. Having worked in both the private and public sectors, I understand the challenges these executives face and the frustrations they feel.



Corporate Consciousness – A Key to Success


James de Gaspé Bonar Ph.D., CEC, PCC

September 3, 2018

As I have previously written, organizations need to develop new ways of adapting to prosper in our complex, volatile and hyper-connected world. (See my August 27, 2017 article Surviving or Thriving? Prospering Through Purpose.) They need to foster greater corporate consciousness based on a deep understanding of their core personal and professional values. This is the essential first step towards defining their purpose, which in turn will guide the refinement of their corporate culture. This process will greatly improve their prospects of thriving over the long term.



Leadership & the Law


James de Gaspé Bonar Ph.D., CEC, PCC

July 2, 2018

As an executive coach, mentor and management consultant, I work with leaders who are required to manage complex legal and regulatory issues on a daily basis. In my experience, clients who have acquired a solid understanding of their legal responsibilities as managers - or owners – are more effective in leading their organizations. On the other hand, I have seen too often costs to organizations resulting from their leaders not knowing the legal issues they are facing, the pertinent legal questions to ask and not consulting their internal legal team, or outside counsel, in a timely fashion. For instance, there are many legal risks that should be factored into management’s decision-making when entering into contractual negotiations with vendors, joint venture partners and acquisition targets. There is an ever expanding array of liability issues associated with human resources management, environmental regulations and intellectual property issues.



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