Engaging, dynamic and operationally focused: these are the top 3 attributes that I believe best describe Christine. She possesses a rare ability to connect people development with real, tangible operational priorities.
Jeff Fielding, Insurance Corporation of BC

Plan FOR downtime not WHAT the downtime is- an exercise in planned sponteneity

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I am a planner. At times I absolutely own the title of “over-planner” or “Julie, Cruise Director” that my husband bestows on me.Screen shot 2013 04 20 at 11.35.59 AM Plan FOR downtime not WHAT the downtime is  an exercise in planned sponteneity

Mum, wife, business owner, event planner and only 168 hours in a week, what being organized does is actually give me the maximum free time for the things I cherish, time outside, a glass of wine and a movie night, hanging with no agenda with the family.  I actually cherish being  in the moment and free of all the “labels” that carry with them responsibility… and just for a brief moment to just be… Christine.

I would love to say that I live in the moment, completely carefree all the time, but if that was the case my kids wouldn’t get to school on time, or the $1.50 for school lunch might get missed, or the hydro bill might not get paid, or a client might be left waiting.  At times, although it seems like a complete juxtaposition of thought and word, I have found that “planning” for downtime is what allows me to experience those amazing “unplanned” moments and experiences that often are the most impactful.

Last night was an example of that.

I had “planned” for a night away from home and knew daddy and the girls would have a great 24 hours together- I didn’t have a list because I have the most awesome husband who can seamlessly step in anytime, so armed with just a few reminders like swimming lesson timing, I set off for my evening in the city filled with wine tasting and stimulating company of some of the most fabulous entrepreneur women I am so lucky to call friends. 

Planned sponteneity
So the planned part was that a night in the city would allow me to linger and have another glass of wine, the planned part was that someone else had offered to pick me up and the planned part was that my sister in law would leave the back door open for me.

Having someone else drive meant I completely let go of details like “where are we going, where will we park”- someone else was on it – so instead in the car I got to catch up with Sandy Gerber, also in the back seat.

Having someone else drive meant I completely let go of time at our ladies evening- with my own car I would have had the choice to leave earlier or late, the concept of time melted away and I was much more “present” to the wonderful energy in the room

Having almost a dozen pretty type A women in the room (and I say that in the nicest of ways) there was no shortage of women able and willing to make Screen shot 2013 04 20 at 11.39.46 AM 300x241 Plan FOR downtime not WHAT the downtime is  an exercise in planned sponteneitydecisions like how we were going to go about the wine tasting, and have a chance to check in with each other, people like Sandy Gerber and Alison Koch (pictured here), Linda Chu, Michele Soregaroli, Jennie WeeksPatti-Jo WeiseMelanie Bitner, Susan Charara, Erika Siverston and Alyson Jones. I 110% let go of everything other than complete enjoyment of the company at hand.

At the end of the evening, about 12.30am I got to my in law’s to find the back door locked. Likely my teenage nephew had come earlier than me and because he didn’t know I was coming, just locked the door and went to bed.  I knocked on the front door but no answer.. and again, my planner brain started going: “maybe I should drive back to Squamish, maybe I should… what if I….” and then I let go.

Screen shot 2013 04 20 at 12.53.50 AM 150x150 Plan FOR downtime not WHAT the downtime is  an exercise in planned sponteneityI checked in to the nearby Pinnacle Hotel (it’s 1am by this time) and as I lay on my luxurious bed and turned the light off, I had to chuckle at the turn of events. In the morning, no agenda, no times required to be anywhere.. I just had the gift of TIME. 

I ended up having a coffee and exploring on the internet the topic of human energy, vibrations and auras. I know it sounds crazy – but for the past few years I have been drawn to better understand the connection between ourselves, our thoughts, beliefs and actions.. and the world around us.. but I never seem to have the TIME to explore my thoughts. Last night, as conversation tends to flow between women- the topics we covered were SO broad, but we did land on the topic of energy, intuition, healing as one of the ladies was going to be attending a Wayne Dyer conference this weekend. Normally I would have enjoyed the conversation last night then not been able to dig deeper for lack of time… and here I was, with nothing but time. 

Now, in The Lobby of the Pinnacle enjoying coffee, eggs benny and blogging, I wonder what the rest of the day will hold. A Screen shot 2013 04 20 at 11.39.34 AM 150x150 Plan FOR downtime not WHAT the downtime is  an exercise in planned sponteneitybit of work, a walk outside while catching up with a dear friend… who knows.
So that is the wonderful juxtaposition of PLANNED SPONTENAEITY.
The 24 hours away was planned, and because I chose to be OK with spontaneous change of course as it happened, I feel as though this 24 hour period has given me so so much more of what I needed.

 I often talk about the pause button we need to press in our busy lives. As a “planner personality”, I have found what works for me is in some cases to plan FOR downtime, but not plan THE downtime itself. 

What do you think? How do you balance and sponteneity ? Share your thoughts below so we can all learn from each other!

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For over two decades I have instinctively known that CULTURE .. WINNING CULTURE is the key to success in business.
For over two decades I have absorbed, experienced, seen, heard, sought out the ways Leadership can influence CULTURE.

The time has come to introduce an idea. Win-Win-Win (W3)

When we have a high performance winning culture, our customers win, our employees win.. and the business wins. And when we get this magic combination right, what we have is a sustainable business poised for high growth… an impactful workplace and an impactful organization.

More than ever, as the relationship customers want with our businesses changes and as the relationship employees want with their employers changes- the opportunity… and the RISK of not thinking about this triple-win philosophy is tremendous. The Social and Digital world we live in has amplified the impact employees and customers alike on brand, business and bottom line. 

On the internet, GREAT travels fast, terrible travels even faster.. and mediocre doesn’t travel at all. The only question is- how fast your reputation travelling? 

Over the next weeks and months I will expand on this idea as I launch my personal brand Christine McLeod and own the voice I know there is a need for. Guidance to helps leaders internalize the MAGIC and LOGIC of creating a WIN-WIN-WIN (W3) CULTURE.

For now, I share today a phenomenal presentation on one company and its leader who GET this equation.

HubSpot is a company that (at least from the outside) seems to have the WIN-WIN-WIN equation nailed. 


What do you think about this triple WIN approach and what other companies can you name that seem to operate with this philosophy in mind?
I would love to uncover leaders and organizations who are leading the way- organizations we can all learn from.

Looking forward to the journey ahead-

Christine McLeod

Chief Possibilities Officer 



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#YSTANDOUT a new generation of HR leaders

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How to define our generation?

How do we see ourselves and how do others describe our attitudes and personality?

What a better way to answer these questions than on a Youtube video that would be posted on a couple of websites and Facebook pages?

After all, that is how Generation Y communicates.

  1. We need to be constantly connected. 
  2. We want to demonstrate our creativeness, authenticity and passion and we have the tools to make the world know it with a simple click. 
  3. We understand the power of technology and media because we cannot even imagine our lives without a computer.
Here was how we articulated that in a few seconds. 

How Gen Y can STANDOUT was the main topic of the #YStandOut event, held by the BCIT Human Resource Association a few weeks back.

At the conference we had the opportunity to learn from two great speakers: Christine McLeod and Lauren Friese about how to stand out and be engaged in the workforce as members of Generation Y.

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Christine talked to us from her perspective as an experienced speaker, trainer and executive about eight principles for business impact and the role that social media is playing in the work environment. The importance of having an attractive profile on social networks was so obvious after her presentation that I finally joined LinkedIn and have been working on optimizing my profile for the last two months.

Lauren Friese shared her personal experience as the founder of Talent Egg. It was very motivating to hear her story of success, because she is part of our generation. It was easy to identify with many of the feelings that she had when she finished her degree or when she was looking for support for that great idea that she had in mind: a website focused on careers for Generation Y students and recent graduates.

So after a bit of networking and lots of valuable information, we were asked to create a short video for a contest, giving our own perspective about our generation, how we interact in social media and how we get engaged. And here I am, sharing my thoughts as part of the Gen Y, the BCIT Human Resource program and the group that obtained the most views in its video!

Hope you like it!

Impact People Practices Guest Blog post by

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Human Resource student at BCIT

First Year Representative for the BCIT Human Resource Association


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Canadians continue to disrupt “HR” process- KIRA TALENT

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Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to see fresh options that take “HR process”, give it a shake and take it up a notch.

Well, there is ONE thing that gives me greater pleasure than that. Seeing that the company is CANADIAN!

Enter Kira Talent

From their website ABOUT section- in their own words

“Let’s face it, recruiting sucks. For organizations, it costs over $3,500 per new hire, requires an average of 25 hours per posting, and currently allows for little collaboration. In short, recruiting is stuck in a paper-based process from the 1950’s”

Until now.

Kira Talent infuses video into the recruitment process to allow organizations meet their candidates via video. Organizations can record video questions and send them to candidates who can then respond via video using their webcam. Afterwards, the selection committee can collaborate virtually to rank, share, and compare candidate responses. Kira Talent helps organizations find the hidden gems in their talent applicant pool in an easy-to-use, cloud-based platform.

Check it out for yourself! 

Those of you who know me have heard me say countless times- every young generation believes they can change the world- but THIS generation of Millenials I believe is the one that will truly do it. With Emilie Cushman, CEO and Co-Founder of Kira Talent at its helm, the Kira team is one of the youngest in Canadian history to receive venture funding.

Congratulations Emilie and the Kira Talent team- you have identified a real pain point and created a simple, elegant and useful solution to help employers and Recruiting teams save time AND connect more quickly and authentically with the best talent for culture fit. Looking forward to using your platform with some of my clients!
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Christine McLeod

Chief Possibilities Officer, Impact People Practices

Founder & Co-Producer, Impact99 

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Corporate Culture Mindset- what GREAT looks like

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People ask me all the time – how can you touch and “feel” Corporate Culture?

Here is what great culture looks and feels like- visually!

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Image compliments of Human Resources MBA Degree Guide

I love a juicy discussion around leadership, culture and employee engagement- so drop a comment below and let me know your thoughts on the infographic! 

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