Why Leadership Must Change NOW

Why Leadership Must Change NOW This is NOT a dress rehearsal. We are all at a Cross Road, with the economy slowing, productivity sluggish, employment growth and consumer confidence faltering. Many economists are now predicting an extended period of slow economic growth and recovery. And, to top it off “there are significant gaps and weaknesses…

Get Free of Goal Shame

Have you achieved your Goals? Just sit with this statement for a moment and see what comes up! Possible thoughts could be, I haven’t achieved my goal and I am inadequate and unworthy of the goals I’ve set. Or, I am afraid to share my goals for fear of judgment. It’s important to understand your…

We have YOU covered with Online Leadership and Learning

We do have YOU covered (not with toilet paper mind you!) with our Online Leadership and Learning programs and coaching! We know with so many of you now working remotely and from home, the need to keep yourself and your people engaged, developing and learning is critical. My team and I at McDonald Inc. have…

Courage to Deal with the Jerk at Work

Have you worked with a Jerk? I have! They are real. They are out there. We have worked with them, for them and lead them. For whatever reason provenance has deemed necessary, there will often be that one person in a working environment that no amount of coaching or compassion will breach. These narcissistic jerks…

Trust to Improve Performance

What’s the secret to improving your teams’ motivation and performance? You’ve probably asked yourself this plenty of times when measures that you’ve put in place haven’t been as effective as you’d hoped. You have great incentives in place for your team, you’ve streamlined your processes and procedures to make things as efficient as possible, but…

Emotional Health for Success

Getting our team the resources that they need to meet their goals and objectives and perform at a high level is a key focus of many leaders. Looking out for our team members, and their well-being, isn’t just good for them, it’s good for us, and our companies.  However, being a leader isn’t just about high performance and…

Why mentoring is important

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” ― Robert Frost Many of us were fortunate enough to have mentors as we grew into our leadership roles.  Now it’s our turn to pay forward. The mentor/mentee relationship must spring out of genuine respect and empathy because it’s quite a personal one which thrives on honest…

What really motivates your team? It’s not what you think it is

If we are motivated by rewards and incentives, why aren’t we more successful? That’s a great question and it’s one which Dan Pink addressed in a TEDTalk a few years ago.  The problem is that it’s still the same question that business leaders are asking right now.  Nothing has changed. Science has proven that incentives don’t work. …

The HR Architect spends 5 minutes with Sonia McDonald

Who is Sonia McDonald? Sonia McDonald from LeadershipHQ has over 20 years human resource management and organisational development experience. She has held senior roles in organisational development, learning and development, strategic recruitment and talent management fields. She has worked in various industries such as retail, hotels, hospitality, education, construction and engineering, consulting, executive search and…

Struggle for Authenticity

Have you ever been in a situation where you were asked for your opinion on something, however in order to be viewed in a certain way, you either amended or hid your true feelings? I think we have all done this to some degree whether subconsciously or otherwise. Why do we do this? The answer…