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Elevate your Leadership

Jun 20, 2018

by Juan Madina, Management Consultant and Executive Coach

After a long management career in the corporate environment, some filled with great achievements and successes and some with failures, I found myself heading down a different path about 3 years ago. What I discovered and learned along the way has been profound!

I joined The Centre for Leadership Development by Anjali Leadership in November of 2015, a Management Consulting and Leadership Development firm in Toronto. Along...

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Dare to have the perspective of a child?

Jun 01, 2018

by Juan Madina, Management Consultant and Executive Coach

I have been wanting to post this for quite some time but did not muster the courage until now. My daughter who is now 10 made this picture a little over a year ago. We have it posted in her room and it is a humbling reminder of the innocence and beauty of a child's mind.

Last night I watched this movie called “The Kite Runner” on Netflix. This movie does not have very famous cast or great special effects, but it was...

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This is Your Life

May 29, 2018

I wanted to dispense some sage advice for those who have experienced any type of “failure” recently. But every time I tried to write, the words seem somehow inadequate…not the sort of thing that would be heralded as the next hot trend in leadership!

My mentors have kindly reflected to me that I'd be much more effective if I could sit still for even a few minutes, instead of jumping into action the minute an idea comes to mind. So I gave it a try. I set aside any need to...

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My Teachers

May 22, 2018

I wrote this blog a few years ago, right at the start of a multi-year engagement with an elementary school to work with the students. It describes the beginnings of our Power Circles for Youth program, and I thought you might enjoy reading about how it all started. Enjoy!

Recently I was graced with the opportunity to work with elementary school-aged children.  What began as a simple idea to take some leadership development into a school is proving to be one of the most unexpected gifts I...

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Our Great Human Family

May 15, 2018

It was an early morning flight, two days after a big snowstorm, and the security lines were packed full of people.

We were a collection of individuals, all focused on getting through the drudgery of the airport process: take off shoes, laptops out of bags, any liquids? I try to remain positive but I have to admit my default has been to regard the security folks, connected to the process they represent, as "pains in the behind". 

This particular morning there was a gentleman just ahead in...

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Interpreting 360 Results With Your Clients

May 08, 2018

Since 2008, it has been my privilege to certify and mentor hundreds of coaches and other human development professionals to use The Leadership CircleTM assessment instruments. In this role, I'm often asked questions about how to interpret the differences between the self-scores and the scores given by evaluators. For example:

  • Most leaders are arrogant and would likely overestimate their Creative leadership qualities and underestimate their Reactive tendencies, right?
  • Which scores...
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Beat the Clock

May 01, 2018

Time is sliding by so quickly these days, isn’t it?

My vision was to release our advanced coach training that week, but life intervened. Despite the frustration that simmered under the surface at times, I chose to smile kindly at myself and trust that the program would launch when everything calmed down.

“Man proposes, God disposes,” my late grandmother always said.

My younger son had been unwell, you see. With one of those lingering colds that moved down...

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Pushing for Extraordinary

Apr 26, 2018

The morning dawned crisp and cool, with that thin layer of grey-blue cloud way up there that I just knew would burn off as the sun got higher in the sky. I took off the thin sweater that had kept me warm until now, and hung it on the rail at the side of the road, happy that someone would come by later and collect it for donation. It was September 2010, and I was at the starting line of my first half marathon here in Toronto.
 
I was lucky. I had a good race, finishing in about two and a...

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Do you resist support?

Apr 19, 2018

My younger son is in his last year of elementary school. This morning I was reflecting on how grateful I am to his school for supporting him, and his peers, as they prepare to transition to high school. The teachers, guidance counsellors and Principal are wonderful human beings who care so deeply about these young people and really want to get them launched well for their next chapter.

You know what? We all need circles of support. Even those of us who appear so competent, capable and...

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Up Your Game

Apr 12, 2018

We are big basketball fans in my family, as both of my sons have played competitively for many years.  One thing I’ve always admired about both boys is that they are very team oriented and will often pass the ball even when they are within what appears to be close proximity to the net.  While that stance and mindset has been really helpful in that neither of them subscribes to the “self as hero” mentality that can create a dependency upon one player to carry the...

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