Blog | Valerie MacLeod

10 May 2017

The 5 W’s and One How of The Systems Thinking Approach®

10 May 2017, Comments: 0

  The term “systems thinking” may be used more than it is understood. At the Haines Centre, it is the basis for all of […]


3 May 2017

A 3-step guide to practical systems thinking

3 May 2017, Comments: 0

  Systems Thinking is useful when we understand and apply the basic concepts. Leaders who are strategic thinkers remember the Systems Thinking principles and […]


26 April 2017

How systems thinking saves money

26 April 2017, Comments: 0

  A non-profit decides that their staff is overloaded with member questions and it needs a website to communicate with its members and the […]


19 April 2017

5 signs of burnout – act before you are crispy around the edges

19 April 2017, Comments: 0

  Burnout grows slowly. Its slow creep is hardly noticeable and suddenly you are “crispy around the edges” – not in full burnout, but […]


12 April 2017

7 ways to create a culture of trust

12 April 2017, Comments: 0

A study in SA Journal of Industrial Psychology titled “An organisational culture model to promote creativity and innovation” showed that a culture of trust […]


5 April 2017

Creativity as a competitive advantage

5 April 2017, Comments: 0

  “In attempting to create a culture supportive of creativity and innovation, it has been found that one of the best approaches to describe […]


29 March 2017

Passive-Aggressive – Tackle or run-away

29 March 2017, Comments: 0

  I was talking with some business owners recently about a passive-aggressive employee. While it is easiest to ignore the behavior, it takes a […]


22 February 2017

The view from the clouds: using Systems Thinking

22 February 2017, Comments: 0

  Taking action sometimes means stepping back. At the Haines Centre for Strategic Management 8 partners collectively own the business. If you think it […]


15 February 2017

Advice for potential leaders: lead yourself first!

15 February 2017, Comments: 0

  On Saturday I spoke to first year business students at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. We discussed leadership as a […]


1 February 2017

4 techniques to achieve work/life balance–or at least get closer!

1 February 2017, Comments: 0

  Do you feel out of control? Do you have difficulty balancing the different roles in your life? If so, you’re not alone – […]