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Federal Regulatory Stupidity, Bullying or Both?

Federal Regulatory Stupidity, Bullying or Both? [A]

By David Gouthro / July 6, 2017 / 3 Comments

ard to tell. Likely both. What am I referring to? Credit Unions will soon be unable to use the terms “bank”, “banker” or “banking” based on a ruling by OSFI (the federal Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions). You may wish to read the document that describes the Canadian Credit Union Association’s response. Credit […]

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Beauty in the Beast!

Beauty in the Beast! [A]

By David Gouthro / March 19, 2017 / 3 Comments

[Contrast Alert] This reflection is of quite a different nature than what I’ve posted previously… reader beware! I’m composing this “episode” having just returned from watching Beauty and the Beast with my daughter. I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and our time together—on many levels (I recommend you watch the movie in 3D on a big […]

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What's Up With Those Canadian Banks?!?

What’s Up With Those Canadian Banks?!? [A]

By David Gouthro / March 15, 2017 / 2 Comments

Unless you’ve had your head in the sand or your ears plugged recently, you’re likely aware of the coverage CBC has been providing on the concerns and complaints they’ve received from frontline employees and managers of TD Bank. It started with a few employees and managers complaining about the undue pressure and threats to job […]

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Can the Phoenix of Straight Answers Rise from the Ashes of Obfuscation?

Can the Phoenix of Straight Answers Rise from the Ashes of Obfuscation? [A]

By David Gouthro / March 15, 2017 / 2 Comments

In the wake of the current and virtually incessant use of the terms “fake news” and “alternative facts”, I will temporarily sidestep that controversy and focus on the challenge of getting a straight answer.  By straight answer, I mean “honest, direct; not curved or crooked; continuing in the same direction without deviating; outright, or candid” […]

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Using an External Facilitator--Why Bother?!?

Using an External Facilitator–Why Bother?!? [A]

By David Gouthro / March 5, 2017 / 0 Comments

I recently sent out a three question survey to approximately 40 clients who have used external facilitators. My purpose was to develop a better understanding of their reasons and rationale for using an external facilitator . . . rather than engaging an internal facilitator . . . or none at all. The majority of respondents […]

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From Insight to Action

From Insight to Action [A]

By David Gouthro / December 4, 2016 / 2 Comments

Lately I’ve been trying to be more intentional about capturing the insights that enter my conscious mind when I wake up in the middle the night, walk the dog, or otherwise let my mind wander freely.  Some of them are potentially brilliant in their application! Sometimes I capture them with a photo . . . […]

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From Deadlines to Livelines!

Get “U” Out Of The Way! [A]

By David Gouthro / November 21, 2016 / 0 Comments

I’m amazed at how one letter of the alphabet can cause such a profound shift in perception. I admit, this is a fairly ambiguous statement to begin an article with—and yet I’m totally convinced of the truth of it. Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of personal and professional time exploring the topics of teams, […]

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Striding Bravely Into The Darkness!

Striding Bravely Into The Darkness! [A]

By David Gouthro / November 20, 2016 / 0 Comments

When I was asked to do a presentation for this meeting, I was uncertain as to what most people (including myself) would be interested in. So I suggested a number of topics to the program committee. They narrowed it down to two. “Striding Boldly Into The Darkness” was the one I was most unclear (and […]

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From Deadlines to Livelines!

From Deadlines to Livelines! [A]

By David Gouthro / November 20, 2016 / 0 Comments

Deadline! The word strikes fear deep into the heart of anyone who has ever owned a watch or calendar. Think about the affect of the word. Say it over and over again: deadline, deadline, DEADLINE! How often have you engaged in a monumental physical, emotional and intellectual struggle to meet or beat a deadline? The stress, […]

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From The Forest of La Hulpe, Belgium – Reflections on Quality [A]

By David Gouthro / November 19, 2016 / 0 Comments

The following observations were made in the forest outside a training facility in La Hulpe, Belgium. I believe that several days of thinking about quality have focused the senses through which I become aware of my surroundings. As a result, aspects of quality made themselves known through the touch of a beech tree, the sound […]

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