Blame it on my upbringing

Wendy Ferris Leadership

Colleen Abdoulah is an inspirational and thought provoking former CEO with an authentic personality and the courage to do things differently at WOW! Communications in the U.S. I had the opportunity to interact with her and attend her keynote at the recent AME/CME Lean Conference in Winnipeg and was inspired, entertained, and challenged. What I would like you to note …

This matrix is real

Ashley Kodak Leadership

I learned a lot during my years of university — how to research, challenge, write, reason, and analyze. Looking back though, I don’t think I knew how to prioritize; not effectively, anyway. Usually, I would make a list of the tasks at hand, sorted according to due date and how much work I still had to do on them. It …

How to win again

John Ferris Innovation, Leadership, Strategy

It’s simple, really. At inVision, we believe that there are three main ingredients that hold the key to the success of any organization, regardless of size, industry, or location. Ironically, there is a certain complexity in our simplified focus and each part requires a system to make it happen. Dr. W Edwards Deming boldly stated in his book The New …

People don’t quit jobs. They quit bosses.

Wendy Ferris Leadership

A few years ago I started off a presentation at a leadership conference with this quote on giant screen and let it sink in. To validate it, I asked the audience how many had quit a job they loved because of a boss they didn’t respect or couldn’t work with. The hands went up quickly. We need to talk. As …

We’re in this together

Ashley Kodak Leadership

A quick note: Don’t try this at home. We’re fortunate to have an in-house expert to lead our session; inVision offers team effectiveness workshops for leadership and executive teams as part of our Activate approach, and Wendy Ferris has several years of experience helping teams improve their effectiveness. There is no substitute for having a trained team effectiveness facilitator guide …

Done is better than perfect (or, How I learned to embrace imperfection)

Ashley Kodak Leadership

I’ll never forget the first time I heard this philosophy. I had joined inVision not a few weeks earlier and we were in a team meeting discussing the development of a new product. After much discussion and wordsmithing and getting into the weeds of detail, Wendy Ferris, Partner at inVision, said “Done is better than perfect, guys”. It was a …

Results or Excuses?

Wendy Ferris Leadership

“You can have results or excuses. Not both.” –  Jeremiah Kite I have heard this quote effectively applied to fitness goals, but it recently popped into my head during a board meeting as I listened to a senior leader awkwardly explaining why he hadn’t achieved the expected results in his project. What amazed me was that in a room full …