Wanted: Leadership Based on Sound Judgment and Steeped in Leader Character Author: Loretta Biscaro Smith – Genesis Executive Management Inc Originally published by Mentor Works www.mentorworks.ca April 30th, 2020 Do you have sound judgment? Can you stand firm in your decisions against negative contextual pressures, pressures from the crowd you face each […]
Author: Loretta Smith
Embracing la dolce far niente. Insights from a ‘pause’ in life.
I took this photo at a winery in Tuscany. It was lunch time and the hosts seated us all at a long table with platters of local foods to start the celebration of our half way point. I was on a bike ride through the country side – the hills of Tuscany. How much […]
That’s it! I’ve had enough! Time for a Career Change
Are you ready for a career change? Written by Loretta Biscaro Smith September 2019 Are you ready for your next career move? Get the guidance you need from a Career Transition Coach. firstname.lastname@example.org The secret to finding your next career move is really quite simple. And yet most […]
Are you disturbed by the sound of silence in meetings?
The Sound of Silence – Are you Disturbed? https://youtu.be/u9Dg-g7t2l4 By: Loretta Biscaro Smith September 2019 Another meeting has just been completed. Numbers weren’t met, disappointment is everywhere so it wasn’t a pleasant meeting at all. The data shows the misses – they can be traced to sectors, groups and right down to individuals. We are […]
Setting Expectations leads to failure! Reaching agreements are the path to success!
Expectations lead to failure. Setting expectations are a great first step, however we need to go further and ensure both parties are on the same page on possibilities. Agreements are that next step. Expectations are fraught with misinterpretation and assumptions. Assumptions that you have delivered clear and concise instructions. Assumptions that there are no questions […]
Holding them Accountable
Is it HR’s role to hold hiring managers accountable for bad hires? The aspect of holding them accountable came up at a recent speaking engagement. The situation seemed simple enough. One of the HR professionals present stated that my thoughts on the simplicity of terminations and my thoughts on accountability were contradictory. I believe in […]
Managers refer to the people in their charge as ‘they’. Leaders know there is no they – there is us – their is ‘we’.
Who’s ‘They’? “They don’t understand what they are accountable for”. Those are the exact words that came out of the mouth of the Director of HR from a small [under 100] people manufacturing organization at a recent round table comprised of the executive team of that same organization. That was the comment that sent the […]
5 Questions to determine: Are you a TRUSTED LEADER?
Are you a Trusted Leader? Infusing trust in our organizations has become a key focus of high performing organizations. We are no longer focused on trusting power but rather on the power of trust, for it is truly a differentiator that leads to high performance within individuals and indeed the whole of an organization. Infusing […]
Book Club with Marcello [written by Loretta Biscaro Smith / aka Zia to Matteo and Marcello]
“Do you know Leo?” “Leo?” his mom asks. “Yes, Leo Tolstoy.” “Leo who?” his mom replies in disbelief – she’s checking to see if she heard right. I’m right there with her. He couldn’t have said what we thought he said – so yes, let’s check. “Leo Tolstoy”, he replies “you know, he wrote War […]