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Leadership Consultant, Career Development Coach, Mentor at Architect of People First
Fact: LEADERSHIP and CULTURE have the GREATEST IMPACT on employee retention, acquisition, engagement, performance, and execution of your strategy.
What do I do? *** I Empower Leaders ***
---> I help leaders create a people first workplace culture so that they and their teams can be their absolute best and thrive.
---> I believe in Empowering People though Caring Leadership, at all levels.
1. Boost Leadership - Caring Leadership, People Centric Strategies and Culture
2. Boost performance - Strategy to execution and change leadership
3. Boost problem solving, decision making and growth
I offer the benefit of my experience during the ongoing covid-19 pandemic as well as prior leadership roles effectively leading remote teams with diverse skill sets across a wide geography helping Commercial and Public Sector clients with varied technologies.
An experience leader in the consulting services, software and cloud computing industries, my career focused on the effective introduction of emerging technologies, delivering strategies, programs, and digital transformations to arrive at impactful and competitive business solutions in commercial enterprise and government.
A People First and Servant Leadership advocate, I’m passionate about teamwork and helping create high performance teams to deliver strong results. Successfully led Management Consulting, eBusiness, Middleware, HCM / HRTech and Cloud consulting services teams with high client satisfaction and low attrition.
Leading and managing remotely still boils down to the same thing in the end. Effective remote work requires discipline and organization, strong relationships, trust and collaboration.
Available For: Advising, Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking Travels From: Toronto Ontario Speaking Topics: *Human capability - Caring Leadership, People Centric Strategies, Culture **Performance - Strategy to execution, change leadership
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Architect of People First
Leadership Consultant, Career Development Coach, Mentor
The power of relationships - Virtual and in person!
July 31, 2023
In hybrid workplaces, developing strong relationships is often seen as impossible or very difficult. I disagree. Of course, face-to-face is better and easier, but don’t let the miles / kilometers stop you. Here are some tips:
In The New World Of Work, FLEXIBILITY Remains Key!
June 28, 2023
It seems we’re still trying to figure out #returntooffice, #hybrid or #remote.
️ Now in 2023, leaders need to be clear yet FLEXIBLE in establishing policies, AND all workers, EVERYONE, must understand that they too play a role in making this work effectively.
Return to Office and Hybrid Work Policy - Hurdles of MISTRUST?
April 26, 2023
Image a mixed team of men and woman running track hurdles. Make each subsequent hurdle larger than the previous one until the people can no longer jump over it. That is impact of mistrust between leaders and employees.
Maybe the problem is with the communications? how things come across?
Today’s workforce needs caring, heart-based leadership!
April 03, 2023
“In the past jobs were about muscles, now they’re about brains, but in future they’ll be about the heart.” ️️️ -- Dame Minouche Shafik, Director of LSE (The London School of Economics and Political Science) in an interview on Apr 1, 2018.
One of the most insightful interviews. That was exactly five years ago. Guess what?
Business Succession Planning
December 06, 2022
Business Succession Plan? Humm...do we have one ? Workplace models are still changing, even challenging. Some people may decide to leave it all behind while others are let go. Are you among them?
An aging population, increasing use of tech, return to office challenges, baby boomers retiring or looking for occasional work - all have huge impact on organizations and on a person’s livelihood.
In large firms, leadership development and succession planning are often done at exec levels working with HR. In SMB, executives, middle managers, founders, owners may be working on their own, with few resources to help.
Is ‘grey’ a problem or solution? Is our aging population contributing to our talent shortage or could those 50+ and 'senagers' be part of the solution?
November 30, 2022
We’re seeing an aging population where people remain healthier and active longer than before, and continue to contribute as a member of the workforce.
Is 60 The New 40?
That’s an article I wrote almost 2 years ago. (Link inline). My friend Doug Dawson, MLE℠ sums it very nicely: "We were not designed with a finish line in mind, rather a purpose to accomplish."
There was a fabulous article by Kristen Sieffert in Fast Company last week!
‘Future workers could realistically have five (or more) careers in their lifetimes—and never step foot inside an office building.’
"Everyone, at every age, has meaningful value to add.”
That's how Arlene Dickinson, CEO at Venturepark stated it a couple of weeks ago.
️️ Flexibility Remains Key! How Flexible Are You??
November 22, 2022
While the covid pandemic was unprecedented, some of us have been through other major crises: business impact of Sep 11 attack, Dot Com bust, health crisis (self and staff), 2009 economic recession, burn out and more… all seriously impacting people at home and in the workplace.
What are we up to? Busy, Busy!
September 07, 2023
I have a lot of material to pack in this chapter including new insights. Here’s a sneak peek of an infographic I developed based on Patrick J. McKenna's new C.O.A.C.H. model. HUGE thank you Patrick! We and many others believe that coaching leaders are best. We'll come back to this later
Cited in The CEO Compass by Deb Coviello, The Drop in CEO
October 12, 2021
I am truly humbled and most grateful that my leadership quote was selected to open Chapter 7, Compass Point: People.
"Success as a leader requires effort. Get to know your team as people first, then you’ll understand their potential as professionals and can trust and empower them to get the job done. -- Germain St-Denis, Architect of People First.
You can find The CEO Compass by Deb Coviello The Drop in CEO here :
The Frustrated CEO Podcast Interview with Germain St-Denis
July 06, 2022
I was thrilled to be invited on The Frustrated CEO Podcast to discuss the value and benefits of putting people first.
Join us for a warm and enlightening conversation with Germain St-Denis, industry expert and Architect of People First, for ideas and benefits of shifting your primary leadership focus to your employees.
Leading Change Behind The Scenes
April 17, 2023
I'm speaking at Leading Change Behind The Scenes.
What does it mean to be a sometimes invisible change leader behind the scenes. I'm thrilled to have been invited to join this discussion on some very key aspects of leading change in the real world.
Join us for an enlightening live discussion with our volunteers that delves into the world of invisible change leaders, those behind-the-scenes catalysts who often go unrecognized but are instrumental in driving positive change within organizations and communities.
18 April 2022 LinkedIn LIVE replay is available...link below