Agile Innovation for Leaders – Learn to do it the Amazon way!!!

August 16th, 2017

Imagine leadership training that incorporates similar practices, principles and learning objectives entrenched in corporate leadership programs offered by Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Google, Southwest Airlines, FedEx, Unilever and Starbucks!!!!

Joy Smith, Founder Grace Consulting, has direct experience with ‘Agile Innovation’. She spent 6.5 years at Amazon leading the design and development of programs, like the Dream Tank, to support executive leaders to influence and empower high levels of curiosity and innovation among their teams. The end result led to product innovation never realized previously!

Agile Innovation for Leaders! Is a just-in-time leadership development series, offered through Vertical Bridge in partnership with Grace Consulting. It delivers all the fundamental elements, practice and activity-based learning needed to shift and engage you and your organization in a dynamic process of building and extending leadership capacity throughout your organization in order to deliver and surpass results! This leadership development training is delivered over the course of 3 days and provides for post-session follow-up sessions at 30, 90 and 120 days. While based in Vancouver, the Vertical Bridge/Grace Consulting team is able to deliver the program to clients both locally and internationally.

Upon successful completion of the series participants will be able to:

  • Develop and demonstrate effective mechanisms for translating ideas into real product innovations
  • Demonstrate the self-focused elements of Emotional Intelligence
  • Apply situational leadership practices that evoke high performance
  • Design and implement a Purpose and Direction that translates to a high performing culture
  • Identify and apply strategies for change management and supporting personal transition
  • Reflect on one’s leadership brand, and identify strengths and areas of opportunities

One Time offer…

Varshney Capital is partnering with Vertical Bridge/Grace Consulting to bring you a one-day abridged version of this amazing program. Imagine attending this session and walking away with many of the key elements that have created success for companies like Amazon, Google and Microsoft to name a few!! To register go to search “Agile Innovation for Leaders”. For questions please contact or

“As a life-long student of both professional & personal growth, I’m always seeking opportunities to learn, grow and raise the bar in all areas of my life. To have a chance to learn about best practices at some of the most successful companies on the planet is one any entrepreneur or business person should take advantage of.” – Praveen Varshney, Varshney Capital Corp…


When: Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Times: Light breakfast will be served starting at 8:00am Program: 9:00am-5:00pm (Lunch will be provided)
Where: Fasken Martineau – Room: VAN A-B 2900 – 550 Burrard Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 0A3 Cost: $99.00
How to Register:Click here to purchase your ticket.



View from the Bridge: The Perfect Employee

June 20th, 2017

This month we’ve been working with clients on a number of different projects ranging from onboarding new employees, assisting with building a great corporate culture, and developing a workplace cultural sensitivity workshop. In all cases, the common denominator is people.

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View from the Bridge: Are you onboarding by accident?

May 31st, 2017


A great example of good “onboarding by accident” just came to my attention while working with one of our clients, a fast growth tech company. They had a new employee start and on his first day he was asked to come in at noon. When he arrived, they were having a company “pizza lunch”. He was welcomed in and had the opportunity to meet everyone in a very informal and relaxed fashion. He loved it (although they forgot to tell him that there would be lunch provided). He had no idea that this wasn’t the normal way new employees were onboarded.
This sounds like great onboarding but it was in fact an accident. The manager wasn’t available in the morning so they had the new employee start at lunch time. This story is illustrative of the importance of having a good onboarding process in place that is consistent and that aligns with the company’s culture. Imagine if everyone who joined that company was welcomed with a pizza lunch! Read more

View from the Bridge: 5 reasons to ditch performance reviews

April 30th, 2017


Earlier this week I attended a great event hosted by Antonio Zivanovic of The Reframe Group at the ACL offices in Vancouver. The panel, consisting of senior HR leaders from SAP, ACL and Kaboom, talked about current HR trends and best practices. One area that got a lot of attention was the annual performance review. The big question was… is it still a valid best practice? The answer was a resounding “no”!!! Read more

View from the Bridge: The top 3 human capital challenges

March 29th, 2017

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for us recently in the Canadian HR Reporter Reader’s Choice Awards. It was such an honor for Vertical Bridge to be nominated by you the readers! We don’t know the results yet, but when we do we’ll let you know if we “brought home the trophy.” 😊

The article below was featured in the March edition of Canadian HR Reporter and it provides insight on 3 of the key human capital challenges that employers will face over the next 5 years. Leadership development tops the list. I was honored to be asked to have some input into this article.
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Leadership, engagement, change top 3 human capital challenges: Report

March 24th, 2017

HR Reporter

Credit: Sarah Dobson, Canadian HR Reporter


HR expertWhat it takes to be a good leader has changed as the role becomes more complex, said Sandra Reder, president and founder of Vertical Bridge Corporate Consulting in Vancouver. “It’s a way different world out there. To be a leader in today’s business climate, the old command and-control style is long gone, and back in the day, you were the boss and you got to say what happened and if people didn’t like it, they sucked it up and left — you can’t lead that way anymore. You’ve got so many different factors impacting — you’ve got technology, generational issues in the workplace, you’ve got your leaders now coming out of that younger generation and they’re a different breed, they’re hard-wired differently, so to identify them and nurture them and grow them, it requires a whole different set of rules and skills.

Check out the March edition of Canadian HR Reporter or download full article here (PDF): Leadership, engagement, change top 3 human capital challenges.