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Leadership lessons from a sea turtle

In September 2012, during a visit to Mt. McKinley in Alaska, I got into a whimsical discussion with a local guide about what leadership advice a mountain might offer, if it could speak. Just recently, during some "up close and personal" swimming time with green sea turtles in Hawai'i, I somehow ended up in a similar conversation – what leadership advice would sea turtles give us, if they could talk? Here's my list:

  • Swim with the current (instead of against it)
  • Be open to alternate journeys; they may take you to better feeding grounds
  • Remember to come up for air
  • When you're in deep and the pressure is heavy, stay calm and swim to the surface
  • Navigate your way through stormy waters
  • Each day is only one small step in a lengthier journey – think long-term
  • Take time to rest on the beach!

So what would you add to my "leadership lessons from a sea turtle" list? Please share online at my blog at:

2014 is already proving to be a VERY exciting year here at our company – read on for more information about Merge's brand-new book, her new column in The Globe & Mail, and her latest articles in two respected publications.

Generations Exposed
Unexpected Insights Into the People You Work With

Merge's brand-new book is releasing later this month on February 20. It's what so many of you have been asking Merge for – a quick primer on the four generational demographics – Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials – found in today's workplace!

Pre-publication Sale Price

50% OFF - $9.95

(Regular price $19.95)

The Globe & Mail has a new columnist ... and it's Merge!

If you're familiar with Canadian media, then you know that The Globe & Mail is the country's most respected and widely-circulated national newspaper, printed in six cities from coast to coast across Canada. That is why Merge is absolutely THRILLED to become a regular contributing author to the Globe's Leadership Lab series which focuses on the issues and challenges that leaders and managers face every day. Her inaugural column "How to be the boss when your co-workers are your friends" was published on January 23, and it focused on making the sometimes awkward transition from peer to supervisor, a challenge faced by leaders everywhere.

Merge's latest articles

How to handle employee conflict

Merge often talks about how conflict and disagreement amongst your people is not a bad thing, but there is a line between "good" and "bad". When constant conflict between two or more of your employees is based on personal dislike and only seems to get worse, then it's time to step in ... but not quite in the way you might expect. In her latest article in CGA Magazine, Merge offers four key things to consider in your quest to get your employees to play nice!

Clashing Co-workers Creating a Commotion?
How to handle employees that don't "play nice"

5 Specific ideas to motivate employees

It doesn't matter how large your organization or what industry you're in, if you're having trouble inspiring your troops, you're not going to go very far for very long. Unfortunately, there are no magic pills when it comes to encouraging and motivating your people. The BC Human Resources Management Association‘s online magazine — — recently published one of Merge's articles that not only explains one solution to this timeless management conundrum, but also shows you how to apply it, followed by five specific ideas that you can use to motivate employees.

Motivating Employees: Ideas to Create High-Performing Workplaces

Turning Managers into Leaders

That even if you missed our live online event on January 29, it's not too late to get the recording?

On January 29, over 50 people joined Merge in our first online event of 2014. Don't Back Down — Dealing with bullies in the workplace which focused on what to watch for, what to do, and what to say in order to deal with bullies in the workplace, both from the perspective of a victim as well as a supervisor. The program was recorded and is now available for viewing as an online video. In one fast-paced, power-packed hour, you'll learn how to put a permanent stop to the bullying so that you can create a respectful work environment where you, your co-workers and your employees want to work and excel. To purchase your access, visit our Leadership Store.

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