Dr. Sandy Cotton

Sandy Cotton, PhD

Dr. Sandy Cotton taught leadership at the Queen’s University School of Business and the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario for about three decades. He is a permanent Deacon of the Anglican Church of Canada and continues to consult and lead workshops.

Wisdom: Thinking About Workplace Profanity

For the past two months, I’ve been working with an especially troubled organization, trying to help staff rebuild trust and healthy communication patterns. It’s turned out to be quite a challenge,

Wisdom: Get Rid of the Garbage

Getting new ideas into an organization turns out to be much easier than getting the old mindsets and memories out. In some cases, the only word that fits this situation is garbage.

Sandpaper Parable: Are You Smooth or Abrasive?

Over the years, one of my favourite sources of inspiration has been a little book by James Taylor called Everyday Parables: Learnings From Life (Wood Lake Books, 1995).

It’s Time to ‘But-Out’ in the Workplace

Letting Go of a Very Bad Habit: the Instinctive Urge to Control Conversations This column isn't about smoking in the workplace. It's about a simple little change in communication behaviour that can pay big dividends in collaboration and productivity. Bluntly put, I think it's time to regulate the use of the little word 'but' in everyday work relationships.

Best Workplace Movie: And the Nominees Are…

Over the years in teaching organizational behaviour and leadership in different university programs, I used movies as teaching tools and the basis for complex group assignments.

Wisdom: Thinking About Workplace Profanity

For the past two months, I’ve been working with an especially troubled organization, trying to help staff rebuild trust and healthy communication patterns. It’s turned out to be quite a challenge,

Wisdom: Get Rid of the Garbage

Getting new ideas into an organization turns out to be much easier than getting the old mindsets and memories out. In some cases, the only word that fits this situation is garbage.

Sandpaper Parable: Are You Smooth or Abrasive?

Over the years, one of my favourite sources of inspiration has been a little book by James Taylor called Everyday Parables: Learnings From Life (Wood Lake Books, 1995).

It’s Time to ‘But-Out’ in the Workplace

Letting Go of a Very Bad Habit: the Instinctive Urge to Control Conversations This column isn't about smoking in the workplace. It's about a simple little change in communication behaviour that can pay big dividends in collaboration and productivity. Bluntly put, I think it's time to regulate the use of the little word 'but' in everyday work relationships.

Best Workplace Movie: And the Nominees Are…

Over the years in teaching organizational behaviour and leadership in different university programs, I used movies as teaching tools and the basis for complex group assignments.
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