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Leadership training programs in Alberta – get your 2018 professional development points before you run out of time!

CPAFor the fourth year in a row, I am so pleased to be partnering with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta (CPA Alberta) to deliver high-quality cost-effective leadership training in a series of ten “public” programs until March 2019.  The first two sessions happened in October, but I now have three more events coming up in December in Edmonton and Calgary.  If you belong to a professional association that requires you to complete a specified number of professional development credits annually, then these one-day programs will most definitely qualify (and may be one of your last chances to get your 2018 requirement met).

You don’t have to be a member of CPA Alberta to attend

Even if you aren’t a member of the CPA Alberta, these are “public” programs which means that they are open to ANYONE from ANY organization … you DO NOT have to be a member of CPA Alberta to register. These one-day sessions are very reasonably priced at a fraction of what it can cost through some commercial vendors, and if you register early, you can get even more savings.  Add in a continental breakfast and a light lunch, and the fact that we get to spend the day together … how could life get any better?

Here are the dates!

Edmonton:

Calgary:

Click on any program link above for further information or to register directly at the CPA Alberta site. You will need to create a secure account on their system in order to register; it’s a quick and easy process.

Let me know if you register for any of these events. That way I know to watch for you there!

We’re back! Another series of “public” leadership training programs in Alberta

CPAI am so pleased to announce that for the fourth year, we are partnering with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta (CPA Alberta) to deliver high-quality cost-effective leadership skills training in a series of “public” programs.  Many of you who follow the blog already know that most of my leadership training programs are for specific client organizations, which means that only their employees can attend.  However, these “public” leadership training programs are open to ANYONE from ANY organization.  Which means that if you work in a smaller organization that doesn’t have the budget to conduct an onsite leadership training program, this is your chance to invest in yourself and your leaders’ competency and skill development!

Anyone from any organization can attend these sessions!

Starting later this month, and until March of next year, I am delivering ten full-day leadership and workplace communication programs in Edmonton and Calgary. These programs are available to anyone from any organization … you DO NOT have to be a member of CPA Alberta to register. These one-day sessions are very reasonably priced at a fraction of what it can cost through some commercial vendors, and if you register early, you can get even more savings.  Add in a continental breakfast and a light lunch, and the fact that you get to hang out with me for the day … how could life get any better?

Here are the dates!

I have two programs coming up at the end of this month in Edmonton:

And then, here are the remaining eight programs scheduled until March 2019. Continue reading

When leaders make mistakes …

#$&*&@# happens!  Well-laid plans don’t always turn out exactly the way you’d anticipated.  A sale that was one signature away from being finalized falls apart at the last minute.  One missed detail takes a project down the wrong path and it then costs a significant amount to bring it back on track.  The leadership journey is fraught with unexpected challenges and unknown landmines, and sometimes even the smallest misstep by a leader can result in financial and reputational loss.  The reality is that despite your best efforts, mistakes happen.

It’s how you respond to the mistakes that will matter

Some mistakes will be small, ones that you can simply shrug off as minor bumps in the road.  But others will be large, ones that affect major company objectives, directly impact profitability, or put important relationships in jeopardy.  It’s how you respond to these large slip-ups that will determine whether you’re a leader or a manager.  In my column in today’s The Globe and Mail, I lay out the three essential actions that separate the leaders from the managers, the three steps you have to take in order to successfully move past these blunders.

Why good leaders make grave mistakes – and still thrive

When good leaders make grave mistakes

All decisions carry risk and therefore come with potential obstacles that can sometimes derail progress. But when bad stuff happens, what do you think separates the leaders from the managers?  I’ve given you the three necessary actions from my perspective, but I’d love to hear about your experiences and points of view.  Please share your thoughts by commenting below.

Last chance for open-enrollment leadership training in the Calgary area

leadership trainingLast fall, I told you that we were beginning our third exciting year of partnership with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta (CPA Alberta) to deliver a series of “open enrollment” full-day leadership training programs in Edmonton and Calgary. Well, the last two events for the Calgary area are coming up at the end of the month! If you live in or near Calgary AB, don’t miss this opportunity to invest in yourself and your leaders’ competency and skill development at a very reasonable cost (which includes continental breakfast and lunch!), and a fraction of what it can cost through some commercial vendors.

Last chance if you live in the Calgary area!

These are the last two events in this series scheduled for Calgary, so if you want in, the time is now!

Open-enrollment means “open to the public”

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Open-enrollment leadership training events in Calgary this month

CPALast fall, I was excited to announce that for the third year in a row, I am partnering with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta (CPA Alberta) to deliver high-quality cost-effective leadership skills training in a series of “public” programs.  What’s special about these programs is that they are open to ANYONE from ANY organization.  As many of you already know, most of my leadership training events are for specific client organizations, which means that only their employees can attend.  With this partnership with CPA Alberta though, even if you work in a smaller organization that doesn’t have the budget to run onsite leadership training programs, this is your chance to invest in yourself and your leaders’ competency and skill development!

Two leadership training events in Calgary on January 26 and 30

The first two events in Calgary in this series are coming up at the end of the month.  So if you live in or near Calgary AB, don’t miss this opportunity to invest in yourself and your leaders’ competency and skill development at a very reasonable cost, and a fraction of what it can cost through some commercial vendors.

Remember, this is open enrollment!

Again … you DO NOT have to be a member of CPA Alberta to register.  Continue reading

Last chance for high-quality cost-effective leadership training in the Edmonton area

Earlier this fallHigh quality cost effective leadership training, I told you that we were beginning our third exciting year of partnership with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta (CPA Alberta) to deliver a series of “open enrollment” full-day leadership training programs in Edmonton and Calgary. Well, the last two events for Edmonton are coming up at the end of the month! If you live in or near Edmonton AB, don’t miss this opportunity to invest in yourself and your leaders’ competency and skill development at a very reasonable cost (which includes continental breakfast and lunch!), and a fraction of what it can cost through some commercial vendors.

Last chance if you live in the Edmonton area!

These are the last two events in this series scheduled for Edmonton, so if you want in, the time is now!

Open-enrollment means “open to the public”

Because these are open-enrollment courses, you DO NOT have to be a member of CPA Alberta to register.   Which is a great advantage if you happen to work in a smaller organization that doesn’t normally have the budget to bring in onsite leadership training programs.   Do not miss out on this cost-effective opportunity to get the leadership skill development you need! Click on any program link above for further information or to register directly at the CPA Alberta site. You will need to create a secure account on their system in order to register, a very quick and easy process.

And please, let me know if you’re planning on joining me for any of these upcoming events. That way I know to look forward to seeing you there!

Leadership training events this month in Edmonton

CPALast month, I was excited to announce that for the third year in a row, I am partnering with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta (CPA Alberta) to deliver high-quality cost-effective leadership skills training in a series of “public” programs.  What is special about these programs is that they are open to ANYONE from ANY organization.  As many of you already know, most of my leadership training events are for specific client organizations, which means that only their employees can attend.  With this partnership with CPA Alberta though, even if you work in a smaller organization that doesn’t have the budget to conduct an onsite leadership training program, you now have a cost-effective way to invest in yourself and your leaders’ competency and skill development!

The first two events in this six-month series are coming up at the end of the month in Edmonton.  So if you live in or near Edmonton AB, don’t miss this opportunity to invest in yourself and your leaders’ competency and skill development at a very reasonable cost, and a fraction of what it can cost through some commercial vendors.

Remember, this leadership training is open enrollment!

Again … you DO NOT have to be a member of CPA Alberta to register.  And if you are a member of a profession that requires continuing education credits, this is a fun, informative and relatively inexpensive way to meet your annual professional requirements.  Continue reading

Announcing another season of “public” leadership training events in Edmonton and Calgary

CPAFor the third year in a row, I am very excited to announce our partnership with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta (CPA Alberta), delivering high-quality cost-effective leadership skills training in a series of “public” programs.  Most of my leadership training programs are for specific client organizations, which means that only their employees can attend.  However, these “public” leadership training programs are open to ANYONE from ANY organization.  Which means that if you work in a smaller organization that doesn’t have the budget to conduct an onsite leadership training program, this is your chance to invest in yourself and your leaders’ competency and skill development!

Anyone from any organization can attend these sessions!

Over the next six months, I am delivering eight full-day leadership and workplace communication programs in Edmonton and Calgary. These programs are available to anyone from any organization … you DO NOT have to be a member of CPA Alberta to register. These one-day sessions are very reasonably priced at a fraction of what it can cost through some commercial vendors, and if you register early, you can get even more savings.  Add in a continental breakfast and lunch, and the fact that you get to hang out with me for the day … how could life get any better?  🙂

Here are the dates!

Here is the list of the programs from now until the end of March 2018. Continue reading

5 Reasons Why Accountants Make Great Leaders

170108_CA-smI have such exciting news to share today!  I am delighted and honored to announce that I will be one of the regular Opinion columnists for the brand-new website Canadian Accountant that was just launched this week.  Canadian Accountant is Canada’s independent news source for the accounting profession and will focus on informational, motivational and aspirational content relevant to accounting and finance professionals.  It is the brainchild of my long-time professional colleague Colin Ellis, who is also the award-winning writer turned entrepreneur, and the former editor of D&A Magazine published by CPA Ontario.

Valuable information even if you’re not an accountant!

Now I am well aware that the vast majority of you who read this blog are likely not accountants, but I don’t want you to assume that the word “accountant” means that this site shouldn’t be of interest to you.   Quite the contrary!  Sure, there will be lots of accountant-specific stuff (like tax and financial reporting!), but there will also be plenty of content that is relevant to anyone who just works in the world of business (and I mean profit as well as not-for-profit).  Over the next few months, expect to see stories on business, leadership and strategy, all of which I know you’ll find useful. Continue reading

Last chance for open-enrollment leadership training events in Calgary

CPALast fall, we announced an exciting partnership with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta (CPA Alberta) to deliver a series of “open enrollment” full-day leadership training programs in Edmonton and Calgary. Well, the last two events for Calgary are coming up at the end of March! If you live in or near Calgary AB, don’t miss this final opportunity to invest in yourself and your leaders’ competency and skill development at a very reasonable cost, and a fraction of what it can cost through some commercial vendors.  We don’t have any more events in this series scheduled for Calgary, so if you want in, the time is now!

These are open-enrollment

Because these are open-enrollment courses, you DO NOT have to be a member of CPA Alberta to register.   Continue reading