Speaking

Our leadership topics inspire self-reflection, motivation, courage and action in leaders who want to lead with purpose, curiosity and compassion.

We deliver keynotes, workshops, webinars, panel presentations and guided conversations. Both Colin Macrae and Catherine Ducharme have spoken to large conference groups and smaller teams, both in-person and online.

Here’s a selection of our current topics and thought leadership:

We have been operating in an uncertain and complex world for some time now, but never on a scale as big as 2020. We’ve seen massive change, social unrest, economic insecurity, and pervasive uncertainty. The work world has been transformed, blurring the lines between work and home, and forcing us to adapt and think differently.

​If ever there was a time for leaders to show up and navigate their teams and organizations through this blended, distributed and tumultuous reality, this is it.

If ever there was a time for leaders to be inspiring, understanding, curious and human-first, this is it.

And to achieve this and ensure organizations can thrive, leaders must become fluent in a new leadership language that embraces this future, and empowers them to lead like never before. This presentation introduces participants to the new language of leadership which we define in a connected framework that includes the following five fluences.

  • The Coaching Mindset
  • Communication
  • Adaptability
  • Clarity
  • Empathy

People don’t leave companies, they leave leaders. Drawing from years of experience, we’ve learned that inspiring leaders have the power to engage people and deliver remarkable results through their teams. We focus on five game-changing attributes that all leaders need to cultivate to go from good to great. We explain what they are, why they are important, and how you can develop them.

  • Self-Awareness
  • Curiosity
  • Emotional Courage
  • Accountability
  • Building Trust

During a time of uncertainty, how can we take a design-based approach and build our way forward in our work and our lives? In their #1 New York Times Best Seller, Designing Your Life, authors Dave Evans and Bill Burnett use design-based thinking to revolutionize personal development.

Certified Designing Your Life Coach Colin Macrae has extensive experience working with leaders on the “wicked problem” of creating a more purposeful, joyful, and well-lived life. HIs presentation focuses on the key frameworks and thinking that come from the design mindset, like Radical Collaboration, Bias to Action, and Reframing, to help people develop career prototypes and create lives that are meaningful, purposeful and fulfilling.

Many leaders think they need to have all the answers; in fact, what leaders actually need is all the questions.

As the work world shifts underneath us at unprecedented pace, leaders must lead remotely and adapt to massive change, along with ever-changing expectations. More than ever, leaders need their people to be more independent, self-reliant and self-motivated. And people need their leaders to empower them and hold them capable to solve problems and discover new learnings. This can be best achieved when leaders adopt a Coaching Mindset, using active listening skills, natural curiosity, and powerful questions instead of commanding, telling and solving.

This presentation explores what coaching is, why it’s important, and why it works. The audience also has an opportunity to practice some of the foundational coaching principles.

When the global pandemic tightened its grip on the planet, Catherine Ducharme happened to be on a cruise ship (luckily a healthy one) somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. The ship was denied entry to a port, which meant for 15 days, the +3,000 passengers and crew members were literally and figuratively in uncharted waters.

As a communications leader with an interest in workplaces, leadership and human behaviour, this situation presented Catherine with a front row seat to observe and experience lessons in leadership, communication and building brand affinity during a crisis. This presentation shares those lessons, and highlights strategies that leaders and organizations can embrace to navigate rough seas and move toward safer and calmer waters

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