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Hiring Superstars

by CoachKevin | August 23rd, 2017

“According to studies we’ve done with our clients, the average hiring mistake costs

fifteen times an employee’s base salary in hard costs and productivity loss.”

– Geoff Smart, Who: The A Method for Hiring 

If we’re all as good as we think we are at judging people, our companies would be overflowing with A+ superstars.

Unfortunately, as much we like to believe we’re great at hiring, we don’t have the outcomes to show for it: we’re not overflowing with incredible talent. That means most of us have some work to do.

In April I brought up a good friend of mine, Michelle LaVallee, who is the absolute rock star expert at leveraging the value of the Topgrading hiring methodology – both within a company, and with fresh candidates. Michelle and I worked together exceptionally well, with 30 CEOs, executives and HR practitioners who spent the first morning…

Don’t Be A Know It All. Be A Learn It All.*

by CoachKevin | August 1st, 2017

“My favourite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious,

you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors, you create possibilities.”

– Mario Testino, international high fashion photographer/entrepreneur


A sure sign of someone in trouble – in their career or personal life – is someone who acts like, and truly believes, they know it all.

Those people are lethally dangerous.

If you truly believe you already know it all, you’re going to stop learning and miss opportunities to become smarter and more capable.

Some of the most successful people, in the long run, are true learn it alls. They are curious by nature – always listening and seeking to understand – and always wanting to find a better way.

While you can’t make a good evaluation about a person from only one perspective, this one is exceptionally powerful.

Know-it-alls are really irritating, because they…

Achievement vs. Enjoyment: Insights from a business trip with a 13-year old.

by CoachKevin | May 9th, 2017

“Without the element of enjoyment, it is not worth trying to excel at anything.”

– Magnus Carlsen, Youngest Chess Grandmaster in the world.

I’m one of those people who compartmentalize work and life. When I work, I work very hard, and am very focused. When I travel, I schedule things back to back, and then come home.

And when I’m not work, I focus completely on time with family and friends – aside from critical calls or text messages.

I was in a scheduling predicament for a meeting, and an event with Jim Collins (in London, England) on a Tuesday; and then another meeting in another part of the world that didn’t start ‘til Sunday. I could either come back to Vancouver for two days, or stay a few extra days in London. But hanging out in a city by myself is not on the top of my fun-things-to-do…

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Scaling Up Vancouver Workshop Confirmed – April 25, 2017

by CoachKevin | February 16th, 2017

Do you need to accelerate your business growth?

Re-set your strategic planning process or execution disciplines?

Then join me for my practical, highly rated Scaling Up Business Growth Workshop on April 25, 2017. Using Rockefeller Habits 2.0, you will…

  • Learn smart tools and strategies for scaling up
  • Build a draft one-page Strategic Plan
  • Learn how to apply the 10 Rockefeller Habits
  • Empower and build a stronger leadership team

This information-packed workshop is for leaders of growing small to medium-sized companies:

  • Who are new to Rockefeller Habits or Scaling Up, and want to refresh and reset their strategic plans
  • Who already use Rockefeller Habits or Scaling Up, and want a much deeper understanding of the materials, or need help with implementation.

All participants get a free copy of Scaling Up.

I only offer this once a year and it usually sells out.  This is a great way to get you team more aligned and on…

Plan Your Own Time First

by CoachKevin | February 7th, 2017

There are endless time management tools and techniques and systems out there – many of which are great – but one of the most important techniques I learned years ago is less about time management, and more about time allocation – or time blocking.

And this applies to life in general.

If things like vacations with your family are truly, truly important to you, you will pre-block time in your calendar – and then book (confirm and pay) for them – and allow all other commitments to backfill around them.

Well before a new year starts, I pre-block vacations with my family, learning events I want to do for own professional development, and then the fun things I want to do for myself, and with my friends.

For example, late last year we booked our weeks at the lake we like…

Join me in London on February 28th to see Jim Collins – LIVE

by CoachKevin | February 7th, 2017

International best-selling author and renowned business leadership expert Jim Collins is to make a one-off live solo speaking appearance in the UK for the first time.

Jim Collins – whose books including ‘Built to Last,’ ‘Good to Great’ and ‘How The Mighty Fall’ have collectively sold in excess of ten million copies worldwide – will cover his full body of work, across a quarter century of research, writing, and thinking about the question of what it takes to build an enduring, great company.

Jim Collins will reveal the findings from his years of research which asks the simple question Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? When buffeted by tumultuous events, when hit by big, fast-moving forces that we can neither predict nor control, what distinguishes those who perform exceptionally well from those who underperform or worse?

Jim will take you through the characteristics and behaviours…

360 in the Florida Keys

by CoachKevin | January 17th, 2017

“If you don’t get feedback from your performers and your audience,

you’re going to be working in a vacuum.”

– Peter Maxwell Davies, English composer


360 | Circle n.

  • A group of people sharing an interest, activity, upbringing, etc.
  • A domain or area of activity, interest, or influence
  • A circuit
  • A process or chain of events or parts that forms a connected whole.

In December, I had a great meeting with a client company, in the Florida Keys (somewhere I’d never been before), at the southern most point of the US – literally about 90 miles away from Cuba.

The really interesting part was the work we did was on the dynamics of the executive team. This is a very successful, fast-growing company not only rapidly growing revenue, but in gross margin and cash as well –…

In With a Bang

by CoachKevin | January 10th, 2017

And now we welcome the New Year.

Full of things that have never been.”

– Rainer Maria Rilke, Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist


Congratulations you’ve made it to 2017 –a brand new year!

Hopefully you are rested from time off over the holidays – and have a crystal clear plan to make 2017 your best year yet. (And if you haven’t mapped out your goals, I recommend our 2016 Review/2017 Planning Tool

Now most people think that starting the New Year off with a bang means a great celebration with friends and family – which is wonderful – but I want you to look at it differently:

I want you to look at your goals for this Year, and see how you can achieve 25% of your single most important annual goal by the end of January – the next 3 weeks.

I’ve noticed that people often take a logical,…

The Good to Phenomenal Impact

by CoachKevin | December 21st, 2016

“To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail.”

– Giorgio Armani, Italian fashion designer


Recently I stayed at a one of my favorite hotels – the Kahala Hotel and Resort just outside downtown Honolulu, Hawaii. The property is beautiful, the service is excellent, and the staff friendly – all impressive but the best part is what happens when the service doesn’t go right.

When I checked in, something wasn’t working properly in my room, so as I left in the morning, I let the front desk know, and went on with my day. And completely forgot about it.

When I returned, I found this card in my room. Not only was it a nice gesture that they had confirmed the problem was fixed, they also showed the time it was fixed. I had left the hotel at 5 minutes to 7, and it…

2016-17 Year End Planning Note – Achievement vs. Enjoyment

by CoachKevin | December 21st, 2016


“How did it get so late so soon?

 It’s night before it’s afternoon.

December is here before it’s June.

My goodness how the time has flewn.

 How did it get so late so soon?”

― Dr. Seuss


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