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In with the New Way of Communicating with You!

We are excited about sharing our blogs, book reviews, cutting edge articles, resources, upcoming workshops and more with you, our friends, colleagues, current and potential clients via a new platform called Simple Texting. As our dedicated followers you will receive a...

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Lead, Laugh & Play…at Work!

I recently read an article from a June 2015 McCormick Centre titled Laughing Leadership by Holly Elissa Bruno. Holly began her article with a couple of questions: “Who makes you laugh? Really laugh. Laugh-until-you-cry laugh?” And, “Could you use a dose of that person...

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Laying the Groundwork for a Systems Understanding

As a perpetual learner and a leader of a learning team it's important to continuously live the learning. As such, I’m involved in two Learning Communities of Practice (LCoP). One is a group of leaders from the Building Collaborative Learning Teams workshop that have...

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2020 Highlights: A Year in Review!

Happy New Year! Despite or as a result of COVID, Organizations by Design Inc. flourished in a virtual environment through online workshops like our four part Change Endurance series attended by over 65 not-for-profit leaders across Alberta.  It was a pleasure to sit...

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Mindset & Behaviours of Systems Leaders

At Organizations by Design Inc. we are committed to building a community of Systems Leaders through our work with not-for-profit organizations, our workshops & seminars, and in our Learning Communities of Practice (LCoP). This blog taken from the Harvard Business...

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Cultivating an Abundance Mentality

Cultivating an Abundance Mentality

As we move into Fall, I have been pondering about perspective and expectations regarding my garden. This led me to the following reflection: “What worked well this year? What more could I have done to produce a better crop? Am I happy with my yield? Were my gardening...

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OBD Approach

All great journeys start with the courage to step into uncertainty having the confidence that you will continue to learn and find companions along the way.  We use a different approach.  We have come to deeply understand and appreciate the responsibility of sharing...

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Leadership Learning in Times of Crisis

Who knew not-for-profit leadership during a pandemic would have positive outcomes. This past month has been fast-paced and unpredictable for leaders around the world. For not-for-profit organizations there are multiple and often competing priorities including, our...

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Sharing Resources & C5 Model for Change

Sharing Resources & C5 Model for Change

One of the foundational guiding principles of our company is to openly share any and all resources we use in our work with everyone interested in applying it to themselves, their work or their community initiatives. Our caveat is that we only share tools and...

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Systems Leadership: A Three Legged Stool

Systems Leadership: A Three Legged Stool

In October 2019 a professional goal was realized. Through ALIGN's Leadership Bursary I was privileged to be among 24 learners that attended a workshop in Boston co-led by Peter Senge.  In a context setting session, Senge who has been one of the teachers on my...

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