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Traffic Calming Enhances Local Neighborhoods

As you read this article, there will be an ask of you at the end. I am looking for your opinion on traffic calming (from whichever side) and your ideas on what can be done to make more livable communities. So please read on...or if you have the solution then go to the end and let us know!

Traffic and how it Impacts the Local Community

An Environment of Change

The recent article "Ontario Climate Change Action Plan on the Right Track" spurred some interesting discussion both for and against the arguments of climate change. This got me thinking about what drives us and how we process and comprehend information and compartmentalize it in a way that suits our individual perspectives.

Ontario Climate Change Action Plan on the Right Path

Best Summer Ever! Or Not?
If this summer is not confirmation enough, it is becoming more and more difficult to deny that climate change is happening. We have had almost 40 days this summer where temperatures exceeded 30 degrees C in Southern Ontario. On top of the heat, it has also been the sixths driest summer on record.

Winter Program Changes Improve Services and Save Money

Like every municipality we are always looking for new ways to improve service and reduce costs. For the 2015/2016 winter season we made some changes to our snow management program with these goals in mind and found some interesting successes.

Survey Results- Why Strategic Initiatives Fail

 

First I want to thank all those who participated in the survey. The following table to a comparison of your responses to a survey that was completed by PMI called "Enabling Organizational Change Through Strategic Initiatives" and as can be expected, there are some similarities and some differences.

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Why Strategic Initiatives Fail

One of, if not the biggest risk of achieving corporate goals is failing to effectively execute strategic initiatives. This if course is assuming your organization has a strategic agenda in the first place...but that is an entirely different topic.

Before we talk about why strategic initiatives fail, I am interested in finding out why you think strategic initiatives fail? So please give me your opinion over the next few weeks based on taking this survey based on the following potential causes of strategic initiative failure:

Simple Rules for Smart Simplicity

In my opinion time is the most valuable resource we each have. Yet we can so easily let it slip with barely a thought. So every time I come across a useful tool or idea that helps keep me focused, I can't help but want to share it.

I came across this video randomly and found Yves message so compelling for its simplicity. Although there are so many management approaches out there, I found these ideas straight forward and common sense. But in a profound way I also found them fundamental to creating healthy human relationships and attitude in an organization.

What to do about Organizational Silos? Try the Virtual Silo

We all know about silos in our organizations. You hear comments about other departments that somehow put them separate from your group or make them different. Some silos are attractive and people scramble to be part of them, and other silos are avoided at all cost.

We are also each a member of a silo although it might not feel like a silo if it is large enough or the culture is sensitive and supportive. So why do we continue to accept silos and what can we do about them?

Trash as Fashion...Why Not!

People have been making things out of recycle material for some time now. This is a great way to practice the 4 R's but how effective is it to moving use closer to sustainability?

The fashion industry has also played along in recent years. I guess every designer is looking for that next new thing. Of course like many fashion events, the clothes that are presented are either signature pieces reserved for the wealthy or so impractical that they only serve the purpose of promoting the designer.

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