Only 40% of the employees in an organization actually know what their company’s goals are. Even less understand how to support them.

As leaders, we’ve all been there; looking back on the goals of a fiscal year realizing that we’ve missed our targets. It happens. In business, regardless of industry, things always don’t go as planned. Navigating shifting market conditions, competitive threats, and challenging internal circumstances can wreak havoc on even the most established and successful of organizations. Sometimes, we just don’t cross that finish line at the end of the year.

It’s not always easy to pinpoint the factors…


It’s nearly impossible to capitalize on new opportunities while you’re focusing exhaustively on what’s being thrown across the plate.

Cycling incidents in London are, unfortunately, a common occurrence. According to recent statistics, you are 15 times more likely to be killed as a cyclist than as a driver on London streets. Each year, over 100 cyclists become statistics of fatal incidents while over 3,000 cyclists are injured. Now, if you have ever traveled within London, you are familiar with the congestion that plagues city streets. Narrow corridors, a plethora of pedestrians, and cyclists weaving through traffic isn’t a great combination…


Here’s what to do about it.

My parents registered me for a test preparation class when I was a teenager. Overall, I was a good student; but, during exams, I would often become hyper-focused on questions that I couldn’t figure out, so much so that I would spend disproportionate amounts of time trying to decipher an answer. While grit is a great life skill to have, it turns out it’s a terrible timed test-taking trait. While focusing your energy on one question, you run out of time to answer the rest.

Test preparation courses are all eerily similar in my…


Without team synergy, even a group of high performers will produce mediocre outcomes.

Elite sports teams all have one thing in common: they dedicate immense effort to building high-functioning teams and sub-teams. They face the challenge of managing a multitude of highly skilled team members, in some cases a group of those at the top of their field. Each of these high performers has unique skills and abilities, many of which on their own are highly impressive. However, each of those players alone will not produce a win, because one person alone will not defeat the synergy and coordination of…


I became enthralled with the game of No Limit Texas Hold ’Em poker in 2003. It was this year that Chris Moneymaker, an amateur poker player, won an online satellite to the World Series of Poker Main Event. Attendees and television spectators watched in awe as an accountant from Tennessee magically transformed a PokerStars $86 satellite buy-in into $2.5 million dollars, earning the title of World Series Champion.

Now whether you are a poker fan, or enjoy playing cards, there are a plethora of lessons that can be distilled from Moneymaker’s success story. Highly televised, this event prompted many eager…


In industries where the only constant is change, beware the self-proclaimed subject matter expert. They may still be peddling yesterday’s practices.

‘I wish the industry would stop using the term subject matter expert’. A colleague of mine recently blurted this statement out mid-conversation; I have to admit, I was a bit taken aback. We rely on subject matter experts in all facets of the industry to guide and mentor teams. We use this term to identify those with deep expertise whom we can learn from. We seek out these individuals when we need assistance. Why would we stop using a…


Learn how to turn your greatest adversaries into your strongest advocates.

Everyone, at some time in their career, has met a complainer. Perhaps you work with one now. The complainer’s title is pretty self-explanatory; they criticize, lament, and groan more than they smile. They have no problem identifying faults, even when there are few. They highlight gaps, focus on risk, and generally find issue with any attempts to legitimately improve work processes.

Leaders often dread the complainer. The leader’s responsibility is to gain alignment and engagement among team members; having an individual that vocally resists these efforts is frustrating under…


Every team has dynamics; some will stand up while others stand back. Weak leaders let dynamics drive the conversation; transformational leaders level the playing field.

I work with teams all over the world facilitating business transformation and implementing change initiatives. Regardless of the engagement, whether I am consulting, training, or providing coaching, I am working with teams. Some teams are large, and some are small; some are corporate teams and some are project-based. But each team has a common goal: they want to win.

One of my first activities in every engagement is to sit back and observe the natural…

Tannis Liviniuk

Woman in construction. Entrepreneur. Writer. Student; teacher. Probably jet lagged.

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