Why I Will Never Use Uber Ever Again
MARCH 11, 2017
As early as 2014 I had heard the rumblings of male chauvinism at Uber headquarters. There were even whispers of misogyny. But the world seemed to be smitten.
Fifteen Years After My MBA
APRIL 9, 2017
Fifteen years ago in 2002 I graduated with my MBA from Royal Roads University. The university recently caught up with me to conduct an interview. Dan's Related Posts: “Oh, you’re one of those. You want to work anywhere, anytime.” After Five Years In My Role We’re Hiring My Replacement. Are You Interested? My Next Role Is … Great Work Interview – Flat Army & Michael Bungay Stanier If You Stop Learning You Lose The Chance To Be Entrepreneurial.
Rotman Management Magazine Interview
MARCH 7, 2017
I was recently interviewed by Rotman Management Magazine and the very talented Editor-in-Chief, Karen Christensen.
Why I Removed A Recent Post
MARCH 20, 2017
On March 9, 2017, I wrote and published a post that outlined various missteps, difficulties and issues that had recently taken over a particular American. Dan's Related Posts: Free Download of Chapter 1 – The Purpose Effect And The Winners Of A Free Book Are … Why I Wrote “The Purpose Effect” Book Download Chapter 1 of “The Purpose Effect” For Free Win A Signed Copy Of “THE PURPOSE EFFECT” personal Purpose purpose
Magnanimous: The Word of 2017
DECEMBER 19, 2016
As he was leaving office on January 20, 1993, President George H. Bush left a letter on the desk of the oval office addressed. Dan's Related Posts: This IBM Employee Quit Her Job. I Commend Her For Doing So. Rise of the Woman? The Hierarchy of Education Ya, I Cry at Work. Do You?
Greenwashing Your Way To Employee Disengagement
SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
The term whitewashing is defined as “a coordinated attempt to hide unpleasant facts, especially in a political context.” ” It’s easy to see the relationship between it and another less familiar term, greenwashing.
Wow, Did I Ever Fail On This One. But I Learned A Lot, Too.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2016
As I was preparing to write this column, I looked up the word “ fail.” ” To my surprise, the web version of Oxford Dictionary has a top 1,000-word feature. The word “fail” is firmly nested in its list of top 1,000 frequently used words.
A Shared Letter to Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly
NOVEMBER 30, 2016
Dear Minister Joly, We are Canada’s musicians, songwriters, composers, music producers, authors, poets, playwrights, film composers, actors, directors and visual artists – a creative class of artists and entrepreneurs that has defined this country.
Him? Here? Now? No.
AUGUST 19, 2016
I don’t want to die. As far as I know, thankfully, I’m not dying. But if we’re being honest with one another, I am not all that comfortable thinking about my death. Imminent or otherwise.
Rey & Finn of Star Wars Docked 40% On Year-End Performance Review
JANUARY 16, 2016
With her eyes gazing over a table littered with papers, blue milk and holograms, General Leia Organa warned her team, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” ” It was time for the Rebellion’s annual calibration exercise. What joy!
Tic Tac Oh Oh
JANUARY 27, 2017
In the game of Tic-Tac-Toe it has been estimated that if two players with intermediate level experience squared off against one another, the odds of.
Nine Tricky Questions And Nine Honest Answers Regarding Purpose
SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
A reader took the time to read “ The Purpose Effect ” and then asked me a few questions. I answered those questions, and have decided to post the responses in this space.
Four Key Actions To Change Your Organization’s Purpose
JANUARY 10, 2017
Purpose is more than a cause. It is a wholesome way of being and operating for any organization. As I argue in my book, The Purpose. Dan's Related Posts: Inspiring CEO Quotes About A Higher Purpose A Few Easy Steps For Entrepreneurs To Take To Enact A Higher Purpose Purpose: The Word of 2016 Download Chapter 1 of “The Purpose Effect” For Free Evolution of the Chief Learning Officer. Purpose Marc Benioff purpose Salesforce Unilever
If Your Enterprise Social Network Is a Ghost Town It’s Probably Due To Your Corporate Culture
MAY 29, 2015
I was speaking at a conference recently, and a question was posed to me from someone in the audience near the tail end of the session. We deployed our enterprise social network last year, but it’s a ghost town. No one is using it.
Is Your Corporate Culture The Root Cause Of Bad Meetings?
DECEMBER 15, 2015
Several moons ago, I was asked to participate in a meeting. Nothing new there. After all, a report by Atlassian suggests employees attend 62 meetings per month. In the US alone that works out to roughly 11 million meetings being held every single day.
The ABC’s of Collaboration
JUNE 23, 2014
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My Long Weekend Of Hope And Inspiration
SEPTEMBER 5, 2016
It started in Parksville, British Columbia. It was the beginning of a very hopeful and inspirational few hours. As the eldest and youngest of my three children were frolicking in a park near the eye-catching waters of Parksville Beach, my eye wandered toward the opposite corner.
My Next Role Is …
APRIL 9, 2014
To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents.
If There Is No Trust Or Joy At Work There Is A Low Chance For Purpose
FEBRUARY 6, 2016
The day after delivering a keynote presentation, I received an email from Candice who kindly agreed to share her story. She wrote: Dear Dan, I was at the conference you spoke at yesterday; I have to say it inspired me. I wanted to take a moment to say, “Thank You!”
Dear C-Suite: We Don’t Do Training Anymore
NOVEMBER 4, 2013
In 2012, Peter Aceto, the President and CEO of ING DIRECT – a Canadian bank with 1.78 million customers and over $38 billion in assets – delivered a speech where he waxed lyrical about being a social CEO. Two points come to mind from that speech.
Defining A Leader’s Duty Of Care
JANUARY 27, 2016
To have purpose in one’s work is to achieve what we might coin “workplace actualization”. You may be familiar with Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs,” where at the top of society’s (arguably) most famous triangle rests the level known as self-actualization.
The Purpose Effect Scorecard
JUNE 24, 2016
My latest book, THE PURPOSE EFFECT , has been out in the wild for about six weeks. Toward the end of the book I introduce ‘ The Purpose Effect Scorecard ‘ a means in which an organization can publicly state and track how it is serving all of its stakeholders.
Evolution of the Chief Learning Officer
JULY 11, 2016
There I was, having an engaging conversation with a fellow Chief Learning Officer (CLO) at a conference lunch, when things began to take a decidedly status quo turn.
No Carrie Fisher, Don’t Rest In Peace
DECEMBER 28, 2016
Like the rain in England and the heat in Tunisia, death is both unavoidable and inevitable. The rash of celebrity deaths in 2016 seems to. Dan's Related Posts: In Progress Trump Presidency Lesson Plan We Are All Boston When Breath Becomes Air: Required Reading For People Seeking Purpose Goodbye Team of Five Years. education humanism learning parenting carrie fisher
On Being Human
FEBRUARY 12, 2017
“If you want to know what being Canadian is, it’s being part of the human race, allowing yourself to be vulnerable.” ” ~Gord Downie Of everything. Dan's Related Posts: Video: The Purpose Mindset of Gord Downie “It’s a great time to be an artist, a poet, in this the decline of the human… Why I’m Currently Only Writing About Gord and the Hip That Time I Was Ambushed By Gord Downie Him? humanism personal Gord Downie
Has Wells Fargo’s CEO Forgotten How To Lead?
SEPTEMBER 17, 2016
Photographer: Kimberly White/Bloomberg News. There were audible gasps. Incredulous looks of dismay. Bemused shrieks. Whether you are a customer, employee, shareholder or partner of Wells Fargo, no doubt your perception of the bank has suddenly taken a nose dive.
The TED of all Leadership Management Conferences – A Review of the Drucker Forum 2013
NOVEMBER 18, 2013
Once in a while, you get inspired by events in your life that seem to be a precursor to real societal change. A hopeful change. A needed change. An evolutionary change.
When Breath Becomes Air: Required Reading For People Seeking Purpose
NOVEMBER 16, 2016
A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme or GBM for short. In layman’s terms, it’s brain cancer. Incurable. Terminal. Horrible. Ever since the diagnosis, I have been trying to process the news.
Purpose: The Word of 2016
DECEMBER 28, 2015
Several years ago I started an annual writing tradition that continues to this day. I think about a word that ought to reflect the coming year, and I pretentiously coin it the “Word of the Year.”.
Coming September 27, An Addendum to The Purpose Effect
SEPTEMBER 16, 2016
The Rise, Fall and Rise of Purpose by Dan Pontefract. Not everything can fit into a book. On September 27, 2016, I am releasing an addendum to my latest book, The Purpose Effect called “ The Rise, Fall and Rise of Purpose.”
My TEDx Talk on The Purpose Effect
DECEMBER 14, 2015
My next book, The Purpose Effect: Building Meaning in Yourself, Your Role and Your Organization is a three-way relationship between an individual’s personal sense of purpose in life, the organization’s purpose and a person’s purpose in their role at work.
Win A Signed Copy Of “THE PURPOSE EFFECT”
JANUARY 25, 2017
I’m in need of being inspired. If you want to win one of seven free (and signed) copies of my latest book, THE PURPOSE EFFECT, here’s. Dan's Related Posts: Cool Contest: Win 1 of 10 Free Copies of The Purpose Effect And The Winners Of A Free Book Are … The Critical Importance Of Defining Your Purpose Download Chapter 1 of “The Purpose Effect” For Free Lo-Tech Talk #4: The Sweet Spot of Purpose. book The Purpose Effect
Reflecting on the State of Enterprise 2.0 as an Organizational Culture Change Agent
FEBRUARY 17, 2014
I know. I promised not to utilize the moniker 2.0 in 2014 but how else can I reflect back on the state of Enterprise 2.0 without actually using the term? I’ll simply lay blame to Andrew McAfee for originally coining the term and move on. After partaking in the June, 2011 Enterprise 2.0
When Death Stares At You, Hinting Your Career Was A Scam
MAY 2, 2016
In October of 2012, at the age of 52 years, Linds Redding of Auckland, New Zealand died of inoperable esophageal cancer. Prior to his battle, he was the owner and operator of a small animation and art studio called The Department of Motion Graphics.
When Celebrity Trumps Sanity
MARCH 6, 2016
As a Canadian living in Canada the news cycle in the Great White North is often interspersed with the goings-on of our friendly n̶e̶i̶g̶h̶b̶o̶u̶r̶s neighbors to the south of us. Often it is downright inspiring. Other times it can be ridiculously intimidating.
My Latest TEDxTalk “How Schools Can Save Companies From Collapsing”
FEBRUARY 29, 2016
I was recently asked to participate in my third TEDx conference through the good people at TEDxLangleyED. Their theme in 2016? The Future of Education – Innovation & Inspiration.
Holacracy Is Not The Answer To Your Employee Disengagement Issues
JANUARY 9, 2014
If you’re located in parts of North America where it’s been too cold to even blink your eyes lately, you may not have seen the news. Holacracy is the new black. Holacracy?
Full Book Jacket Cover Released for The Purpose Effect
MARCH 18, 2016
I am delighted to share with you the full book jacket cover for my next project, THE PURPOSE EFFECT: Building Meaning in Yourself, Your Role and Your Organization. The book releases May 10, 2016 and can be pre-ordered here. More details about the book can be found here.
Two Very Incredible & Courageous Women
AUGUST 25, 2014
I Learned A Lot At My First-Ever F Up Nights
FEBRUARY 15, 2016
Don’t shoot the messenger! I didn’t make up the group name. In his book, The Secret of Staying in Love , author John Powell wrote, “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”.