Papa’s Got a Brand New Blog

Ah—summertime and, aside from storms and floods of biblical proportions, windstorms that uproot trees, expensive repairs to scow that passes for the Olson pleasure craft,  the living is easy!

Even a bad summer is great I think—summer gives us time to slow down a bit, enjoy the company of good friends, drink the odd glass of wine, burn a steak or two and reflect on the big questions of life like “How does the HST really make things better?”

Summer also gives me pause to reflect on the past year and how to make the best of the year to come. Will I continue to work—of course! Work for me is just too much fun and, as an added bonus, I get paid! (I do have enough money to last the rest of my life—I just have to die next Tuesday). Also, as some of you know, my next book “Don’t Retire/Reinvent”, extols the virtues of repositioning and trying new things. So what new things am I going to do this year—well, aside from developing and delivering some new product s and services, I plan to be more creative in the ways I communicate with my clients, suppliers, contractors and friends. This blog is the first step in that effort. At the end of the day I hope this, along with a couple of other initiatives, will provide information on work, life and  relationships that informs, inspires, motivates and entertains while, at the same time, opens easy to use, effective communication channels that will help us to work together more effectively. This blog is really for those of you who read it—I would really appreciate feedback about what sorts of things will make reading it a valuable experience for you—don’t hesitate to jump in and offer your thoughts and opinions.

Because I’m somewhat technologically challenged and this is my first real attempt at blogging, there will definitely be the odd rough spot until I get it all sorted.  Please be gentle with me—in the fullness of time, I will get it right.

So this first effort will be pretty straightforward—I’d like to bring you up to date on the inner workings of the Olson Empire and provide links to a couple of articles that you might find interesting. Onward!

Last year was filled with interesting stuff.  I conducted four employee engagement surveys including one administered in two languages to people on four continents! The last two surveys recorded response rates of almost 93%, which was slightly above our usual 85% return rate.

I was also involved in a lot of 360° feedback activity. In addition to providing feedback to a number of executive, senior manager and employee groups, I administered approximately 130 multi-source assessments for the United Nations—that brought me into contact with thousands of people in countries all over the world!

On the training side, Decision Making and the Business of Critical Thinking, DISC, Situational Leadership, and some our other team development efforts kept us busy—one of the highlights was the delivery of Lost Dutchman’s Gold to a large group of employees from Credit Union Central in Saskatchewan—one of my oldest clients. I also developed and delivered a Progressive Discipline program for a large international oil interest.

My executive and management coaching activities continued apace and last year even included a foray into outplacement work—all enjoyable, rewarding stuff!

Finally, I cemented a partnership with Bob Lane and his consulting group in Regina—a former vice president at CUETS (Bank of America).  Bob is great guy who also happens to be incredibly skilled at organizational review.

What’s coming? More of the same along with a few new training wrinkles including a resurrection of my Manager as Coach program (which now includes the capability to run employee assessments) and two new programs: Some Of The Worst Things In My Life Never Happened!: The Road to Resilience and, in collaboration with Jim Francis of Wavemaker consulting, C-Suite, a team development experience for groups of any size.

And of course, my book “Don’t Die With Your Helmet On” continues to sell well!

If you’d like to know more about any of this please get in touch with me.

I enjoyed the article linked to below–it’s especially valuable for those times when you really need to avoid kicking the dog after a stressful day.

And from Marshall Goldsmith–one of my personal heroes– on who is your best career coach

Enjoy–and let me know what you think!

Dr. Tom

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