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raf.kozak@gmail.com

Embracing the realities of risk

We all have to take risks, and it’s essential to know potential mitigation strategies. Risk can be defined as the possibility of something bad happening. When I think about risk, I often think of a personal story. When my mom was 17, she decided to immigrate from Austria to Canada. Her mom had passed away, her dad had remarried, and my mom yearned for a new beginning. Underage, she needed a judge’s permission to leave Austria. The judge asked if she had a job waiting for her in Canada and if she had any family there — the answer to [...]

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The recipe for success: one part culture, one part strategy, one part execution

“Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. Do you remember when this was the buzzphrase everyone was using? The way some people were using it made it sound like culture was king, and who needed a strategy anyway? The author who coined this phrase, Peter Drucker, didn’t mean that at all. He meant that a powerful culture was key to implementing strategy and accomplishing business objectives.  This fact remains unchanged today. Organizations spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on building and rebuilding a strategy without ever thinking about culture and people, let alone execution. You can have the most amazing strategy but [...]

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Psychological safety pays dividends

More than just a trending topic, cultivating psychological safety in your teams is a necessity. While many of us only recently started to learn about psychological safety in the workplace, there are published articles as early as the mid-1800s exploring this concept. The term psychological safety was born in 1965 and reignited in 1990 when William Khan said, “Employees need to feel safe to express themselves authentically.” It was cemented in our nomenclature when Amy Edmundson, Professor of Leadership at Harvard Business School defined it as a shared belief held by members of a team that the team is safe [...]

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Lead to enhance your team. Lead like a coach.

Knowing what leadership approach is best for you and your organization is harder than ever. Leadership is an increasingly prevalent topic for books, articles, and podcasts, which has created an abundance of noise around competing narratives and contradictory advice. Because no single approach fits every leader, it is critical to find one that aligns with your unique style, beliefs, and values.  For me, leadership has always been about making people feel valued and safe — that they are provided opportunities to grow and that they feel part of something larger than themselves. It means pushing people to learn, create, adapt, [...]

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