What is Making Remarkable?

When I took the President and CEO role at the Calgary Chamber in 2010, I didn’t know where to start. I was tasked with turning an aging, outdated, and declining organization around. It was 119 years old and was in need of a dire transformation. But I truly didn’t know where to start. It’s true.…

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A Return to Leadership

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts, absolutely.  Great men are almost always bad men.”    Writing to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887, Lord Acton penned words that, to this day, seem sadly to be true.  What is it about power that tends to corrupt even those who pledge to do good?  There are of course exceptions to the rule,…

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The Purpose Imperative

Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, sent shock waves through the business world a few weeks ago when he issued a letter to CEO’s of companies that he invests in, as well as the CEO’s of the top global companies, that basically said: It’s no longer business as usual, and if you don’t have a bigger…

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What is remarkability?

I have a question for you: if you could choose one word to describe your leadership and your organization, what would it be?  Awesome?  Great?  Best?  Exceptional? What I have found in my twenty years of leadership roles is that when you ask a leader what their ultimate objective is, they may offer a variety…

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Beginnings, and about me…

I have never been happy with the status quo; at least organizationally and leadership wise.  People who know me might argue that I can be stubborn in doing things certain ways for sure, and I have a tendency to default into some easy ways of doing things when it comes to workouts, cooking and house…

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