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Take advantage of the Canada Job Grant for Leadership Training

ATTENTION: Small to Medium-sized Business Owners

Do you have emerging or new leaders who would benefit from leadership training?

If yes, take advantage of the Canada Job Grant for up to $100,000/year to help train your employees.

There is a Canada Job Grant Program in every Canadian province. To find out more about the Grant program in your province:

Your organization may be eligible for this funding for our Leader Foundations Leadership Academy program to support new and current leaders build a solid foundation to succeed in their role. For more information about our program:

Take action now to provide training opportunities for your staff.

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Leader, what responsibilities have you accepted?

“From great power comes great responsibility.” Versions of this adage has been attributed to many people and became popular in the comic book story of Spiderman. With the superpower he possessed, he felt responsible for using it for good.

Leadership is not that much different from being a superhero. Yes, a leader may not have superpowers like Spiderman or any other superhero, but a leader’s superpower is to lead others toward success. This is so much a greater and stronger power since it can be used by real people in a real world.

Hence, being a leader requires a deep sense of responsibility, towards themselves and others.

The power to lead people towards the leader’s and the organization’s vision comes with responsibilities like keeping everyone on the team inspired towards the bigger picture; helping them grow; and ensuring everyone is aligned in the same direction.

It isn’t easy to be a leader nor is it for the faint of heart! Being a leader comes with a lot of responsibilities and true leaders are willing to accept them all.

There are instances when sometimes it makes us feel better to blame others or something else when things go wrong. This, however, is not practiced by a good leader.

Making excuses and blaming someone else or something for a failed job or task is not a quality of a good leader. A good leader accepts the fact that something went wrong and works with their team so that everyone, leader included, learns from the mistakes. When things go wrong, a leader uses the situation as an opportunity for everyone to learn and grow.

Leaders don’t have control over others or their actions. Leaders do, however, have full control over their own actions and behaviours – one of the biggest and most important responsibilities for a leader.

So leader, what responsibilities have you decided to accept?

Leader Foundations Leadership Academy program

Leader Foundations Leadership Academy program

If you want to become a stronger leader, our Leader Foundations Leadership Academy program will support you to build a solid foundation for success in your role.

You will interact with other leaders in a similar situation and will develop or strengthen the required skills to level up and increase your effectiveness.

Your organization may be eligible for up to $100,000 to help train employees.

For more information on the Leadership Academy:

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New leaders: build a solid foundation to succeed in your new role

Leaders in transition face a steep learning curve with high expectations and often receive insufficient support to be successful in their new role. In fact, research has shown that nearly 50% of leader transitions fail.

A leader in a new role must quickly adapt to new processes, perspectives, and expectations. There is also an expectation for them to ramp up their skills fast and build new key relationships. Leaders often struggle in any one or more of these areas.

These struggles create risks that can have immense impacts on the business as they can reduce productivity, performance, and engagement of the incoming leader and out further into the organization.

Not addressing these struggles, impact not only the transitioning leader, but their direct reports, partners, other internal as well as external stakeholders including customers.

If this is you or your new and emerging leaders are struggling, then our Leader Foundations Leadership Academy program will be beneficial.

The Leadership Academy is a customized program specifically created to support new leaders build a solid foundation to succeed in their new roles.

The leader will interact with other leaders in a similar situation and will develop or strengthen the required skills to level up and increase their effectiveness.

Your organization may be eligible for up to $100,000 to help train your employees.

For more information on the Leadership Academy:

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Three Ways to Accomplish More in Less Time

Have you ever walked into work only to sit down and realize that an entire eight hours has passed by? Not only that but have you also had the feeling of not accomplishing nearly enough? While the day has seemed to escape you, there are ways to accomplish more in less time that won’t leave you with an out-of-body experience at the end of the day.

Here are three tips for accomplishing more in your workday in less time.

1. Plan Ahead of Time

Planning your workday ahead of time and creating a comprehensive checklist to follow can help you see exactly what you accomplish each day. Even if you aren’t able to finish everything on the list, seeing checked-off boxes will help you see that you didn’t “accomplish nothing” during the day.

This idea also helps ensure you don’t forget any important tasks you need to get done each day. You can prioritize each thing by order of importance and work your way down the list. After all, accomplishing one major task is going to feel far more rewarding than a group of smaller tasks.

For example, if you’re on a deadline and you need to submit a major project proposal or article to your boss by the end of the day, that needs to be done first. Accomplishing that time-sensitive task is going to feel more rewarding than if you decided to clean your office or reply to secondary emails instead.

2. Don’t Overextend Yourself

This tip may seem counterproductive, but hear me out. Have you ever felt completely burnt out during the workday? Compare how you felt during that time to a day where you were completely determined and motivated to get work done. Which of those two days did you accomplish more?

I’m going to take a wild guess and say it was when you felt motivated. If you refrain from completely filling your work docket, you’re going to be far less likely to burn yourself out. Allow time to complete each task to avoid a rush job and space out your assignments as best you can. This way, you can accomplish everything you need to in a tighter timeframe.

3. Follow Your Internal Body-Clock

Are you a day or night person? Maybe you prefer afternoons instead? Regardless of your preferred time of day, you should plan to get the most work done during that time. Generally, these preferred times are when we’re the most alert, therefore, they’re the best time to get the most work completed.

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Why Most Leadership Development Training Efforts Fail

George was seen as an up-and-coming leader in the organization. People who worked for him liked and respected him. Senior leaders saw his potential and wanted him to attend the company’s leadership development workshop.

George was ecstatic. He loved the organization and wanted to move up and contribute as much as he could. He saw this opportunity as a positive step in that progression. Plus, he had some challenges in his job that he hoped he could learn how to deal with more successfully.

After he found out he was slated to attend the workshop, George didn’t hear anything more about the training until about a week before it began. With the workshop details in hand, he was excited all over again. Excited, that is, until he looked at his calendar and saw how much he had to do prior to the start of the workshop.

Because the training meant so much to him, he was determined to be focused while he was there, so he worked really hard to get all of his projects caught up before he left for the workshop.

George loved the workshop! The facilitator was great, the content was helpful, and the food was even good! He was very motivated by the new ideas and the people he met. His confidence level increased as they practiced some of the things they learned. As an outcome of the program, he built an action plan. He left the two-day workshop completely stoked about what he had learned and how he would be able to apply it.

After the Workshop

George woke up the next morning and reviewed his action plan. He was excited because he knew what he would do to become a better leader starting today.

Back at work, he fired up his computer and checked his voice mails – 23 messages.

His heart sank a little. As he listened to the messages, taking notes as needed, he opened up his emails and found an even more depressing sight – 91 emails. Giving them a quick glance, they all required him to read, work through and respond.

After getting a cup of coffee, George went to say hello to his team. This took awhile because they had questions and issues they wanted to discuss with him. By 9:15 am he was back at his desk, ready to tackle all the phone and email messages including seven new emails that had come in while he was out.

By 3:00 pm he had mostly forgotten about his action plan and only remembered it when he saw the document in his briefcase. He took it out and looked at it wistfully. He was still committed to working on those items, but they would have to wait awhile, as the next project meeting was all day tomorrow.

Reviewing the Situation

Perhaps the situation above sounds familiar to you – a willing learner, a well-designed workshop, and a person excited about their action plan.

Admittedly, this story might be a bit too rosy, not everyone who attends training will be as excited and motivated as George. In the end, though, it doesn’t really matter because a highly motivated person like George won’t get as much from this effort as he could.


Because while most leadership development programs focus on developing great training, that is a small part of the overall likelihood of success. Why? Because, training is an event, but learning including leadership development is a process.

We don’t learn important, complex life skills in a brief instant. We don’t learn to play a musical instrument in a one-day workshop.

From a training event, we can have insights, be inspired, get ideas, approaches, checklists, and knowledge.

Skills, however, develop over time and not in a one-shot, one-time training course regardless of how well it is designed or how awesome the trainer is. It’s not a one and done activity that someone can check off their to-do list. Learning new skills come with practice and application.

Leadership development is a process and as long as those efforts are training events, the return on those investments will never be high.

Make your leadership development process more successful

To make your leadership development process, whether for yourself or your organization, be more successful, the Leader Foundations Leadership Academy is a customized program specifically created to support new leaders build a solid foundation to succeed in their new roles.

This interactive, practical learning and implementation program will get leaders up to speed fast. They will identify skills they need to develop or strengthen to level up and increase their effectiveness.

For more information about the Leader Foundations Leadership Academy please visit: