LeaderSharp Group is a full-service leadership development company based in Calgary, Alberta, with a team of Associates across Canada. Our team is comprised of highly skilled and experienced leadership coaches, trainers, course designers, facilitators, and consultants. We are strongly guided by our Vision, Mission, Purpose and Values. Our Mission is: Raising the collective consciousness, capability, and impact of today’s leaders for the possibilities of tomorrow. Our Values are: Every conversation is an opportunity; Distinctly unique; Better together; A love of learning; The art of possibility; Being of service.
Tell us about yourself?
I emigrated to Canada from England in 1981 and started working on oil rigs as a geologist. I quickly moved into leadership roles and spent over 30 years as an executive in the information service industry for oil and gas companies (software and data). My last executive role was leading the Canadian division of a global information company. We had 300 employees and $70 million in annual revenue. When that role ran its course, I decided to become an Executive Coach and start my own business. In 2014, a good colleague, Lisa Scott and I put our businesses together to co-found LeaderSharp Group. We are now very happily married as well as being business partners.
If you could go back in time a year or two, what piece of advice would you give yourself?
Plan carefully for the ebbs and flows of the business. Be agile enough to adjust financially. Invest more money into marketing.
What problem does your business solve?
We develop new managers into effective people leaders. We transform leaders’ effectiveness by helping them evolve their mindset to thrive in our complex and ever-changing world. We change dysfunctional groups into high-performing teams, and we create transformational blended learning leadership programs with our Docebo LMS.
What is the inspiration behind your business?
Our Purpose is: The World Needs Better Leaders. This inspires us all, and we are committed to making a positive difference in the world, one leader, one team at a time.
What is your magic sauce?
Most of us have business leadership experience as well as being certified, accredited, very experienced coaches and trainers. Our brand and reputation are of high-quality services, world-class products, and a partnering approach to clients committed to their success.
What is the plan for the next 5 years? What do you want to achieve?
Our Vision is: We will advance the development of generative leadership for a complex and ever-changing world. We will achieve $3 million in revenue by 2025 while achieving profit objectives. Expand into the global eLearning market with our LMS platform and the creation of a content library for online leader development. Grow our customer base and ensure customer success. Always have highly engaged and motivated Associates and staff in place to match capacity with opportunity. Curate a high-quality portfolio of products and services that delivers on our Mission. Always have the most efficient and effective processes and tools in place to support and drive our growth.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far?
The booms and busts of the Canadian energy industry resulted in unpredictable work levels. The loss of oil and gas clients in the 2015 to 2018 downturn forced us to diversify our client base and invest more in marketing. Coaching and training is a competitive landscape in Canada and globally. The pandemic slowed the leader development market. It also moved everyone online (e.g. no more in-person training). We adapted by deciding to fully step into the online world and now have our own LMS Platform (a large investment in our future).
How can people get involved?
We guide the development of individual leaders and teams at all levels, from first-time managers to C-Suite executives. Contact us at [email protected] or visit our website at www.leadersharp.com or call +1 403.719.0800