The Intangible Benefits of Coaching – What a Case Study Revealed


We’ve just completed an important case study, headed by Dr. Bill Howatt, which evaluated the impact of one-to-one coaching on leaders of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

The value of one-to-one coaching has been broadly adopted in the global business community as an effective lever for personalized leadership development.

Both corporate and public organizations recognize the transformational impact coaching has on a leader’s performance but what would the impact be on a diverse group of SME leaders sprinkled around the province of New Brunswick, Canada? We just found out.

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‘I’d never do anything else’: Wealth adviser

Bob Manning

‘We’re very fortunate that we get to work with a clientele that are generally very engaged in the process and are looking to have a significant impact, either with themselves and their families, maybe with a business that they operate or, potentially, in the community if they’re planning on being philanthropic at any point in time,’ says Bob Manning of the Owens MacFadyen Group. Photo: Chris Donovan/Telegraph-Journal

Bob Manning has an impressive track record of business experience that he has carried forward into his wealth adviser role at Owens MacFadyen Group; executive-level business planning, operations and marketing experience in the information technology sector, consulting and management for startup companies in Atlantic Canada.

The knowledge he gained while working in multi-national, national and regional organizations – helping them deal with the challenges of growth through disciplined planning and effective management – has served him well in his wealth advisory role at OMG Wealth.

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Brew master raises glass to competition

Wendy PapadopolousWendy Papadopoulos doesn’t get hung up on titles – she’s had a few over the years, but people call her brew master at the Big Tide Brewing Company.

She is the co-founder of Saint John’s only brew pub and restaurant. Since 2009, she’s been brewing handcrafted, all-natural ales and lagers at Big Tide Brewing Company’s Princess Street location. In addition to great beer, they also have a menu that reflects the flavours of their brews.

Wendy has an interesting resumé. She has an undergraduate degree in microbiology and immunology from McGill University and had every intention of pursuing a career in public health. It was when she took time off to travel after completing her undergraduate degree in 1994 that the trajectory of her career changed. She ended up in Alberta quite by accident and met some people who were doing an IPO and raising funds to build a brewery in Canmore. Read the rest of this entry »

‘I don’t want to own a job. I want to own a business’

Earle BurrowsWith the 15th anniversary celebration under his belt, Earle Burrows, CEO of Human Performance Centre, is in his happy place. Earle, an endurance sport enthusiast, leads an accomplished team of physiotherapists, massage therapists and kinesiologists at his thriving clinic on Westfield Road in Saint John.

Only one of nine McKenzie-certified physiotherapists in New Brunswick, Earle has a BSc in biology from Dalhousie University and a physiotherapy degree from Queens University. Read the rest of this entry »

Is your Workplace Culture by Default, or by Design?

Interestingly, the concept of culture comes up over and over again in our business. Do you have a culture by default, or by design?  What we’re finding is that more and more progressive organizations are consciously choosing a culture by design.  As you can imagine, it takes hard work.

I had the pleasure of speaking to a room full of very bright minds at the NBIF Cox & Palmer and Deloitte R3 (Recognizing Research Results) Gala recently.  This event aims to connect researchers and business people to network and discover the opportunities they can bring to each other. My presentation took place at the afternoon, during the “Tech Trends & Scaling Startups Successfully” session. Read the rest of this entry »