Purple Hair 4 Epilepsy draws attention to the need for research funding Epilepsy Awareness Month (March) in Canada has just ended and we spent a great deal of time focusing attention to this very important cause. In fact, as the Executive Director for Epilepsy Canada, I joined my colleague and good friend, Phil Newsome, in dying my hair purple on March 26 th . I can say that it wasn’t an idea that I jumped on immediately. This was Phil’s second year creating ‘Purple...
Sometimes I scare myself and I’m sure that I often scare others. However, it keeps coming back to me that experience plays a huge role in understanding and being able to predict / assess / estimate future outcomes.
4Growth was retained in an active management role leading the sales area for a technology business. I was the lead consultant and was in the role only a few days when I began to ‘see’ a variety of behaviours that I knew were incongruent with business growth. If allowed to continue these behaviours would stifle any potential change. On a weekly basis, I would report my concerns to my business partners as to the eventual outcome.
It was on the first day of the assignment when a key member of the management team reached out to me to have lunch, which turned out to be illuminating. While under the guise of a friendly lunch that executive’s real agenda was to:
· Give me the ‘lay of the land’
· Inform me that although he wasn’t involved in my being retained, he ‘approved’ my arrival
· Go to great lengths to share with me his vast knowledge of selling and how he’d done that job before – although he was better at his current job...