How to Slow Down and Become a More Productive and Engaged Leader – January 20, 2021


Pontefract GroupIn collaboration with the Pontefract Group, the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX) is proud to offer this session under its Leadership Series.

APEX Leadership Series


Cost: FREE (costs covered by APEX)

What: How to Slow Down and Become a More Productive and Engaged Leader


  • on January 19, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST (60 min)
  • on January 20, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST (60 min) (repeat)

(Note: this session is offered on two dates to accommodate executives’ schedules.)

Audience: Executives of the Public Service (EX-01 to EX-05 or equivalent) across Canada and internationally.

Where: Virtually – available via webinar or teleconference across Canada and globally to Federal Executives abroad. A meeting link will be sent once you are registered.


This session will be delivered primarily in English however participants are invited to submit their questions in the official language of their choice.


Opening Remarks:

    • Jacqueline Rigg, Chief Executive Officer, APEX


    • Dan Pontefract, Leadership strategist and the founder of the Pontefract Group



About this Event:

As executives, we continue to reward speed over quality, distractedness over focus, back-to-back-to back meetings as the norm, yet the negative effects are mounting.

Due to several alarming factors including our overall busyness, time mismanagement and technology temptations, leaders are struggling to cope. We all need a more reflective and responsive operating mindset in order to take back control. Better leadership is dependent on how open we are to new ideas, how evidence-based our decision-making can be, but mapped against how capable we remain to get things done.

What to do? A continuous cycle of three key categories: Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking and Applied Thinking is required. We need a return to balance between the key components of productive thought: Dream. Decide. Do. Repeat.

In this session, learn to recognize the effects poor thinking is having on both leaders and organizations while understanding the important difference between reflection and action. You will also learn ways in which to make better use of the cycle of Creative, Critical and Applied Thinking, bringing some useful techniques into your daily leadership habits.

Speakers’ Bio:

Pontefract Group

Dan Pontefract
Leadership strategist and the founder of the Pontefract Group

Dan Pontefract

Dan Pontefract is a leadership strategist and the founder of the Pontefract Group, a firm that improves the state of leadership and organizational culture.

He is the best-selling author of four books: LEAD. CARE. WIN., OPEN TO THINK, THE PURPOSE EFFECT and FLAT ARMY. A renowned speaker, Dan has presented at four different TED events and also writes for Forbes and Harvard Business Review. Dan is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business and has garnered more than 20 industry awards over his career.

Previously as Chief Learning Officer and Chief Envisioner at TELUS—a Canadian telecommunications company with $14 billion in revenues and 50,000 global employees—he launched the Transformation Office, TELUS MBA, and TELUS Leadership Philosophy, all award winning initiatives that dramatically helped to increase the company’s employee engagement to record levels of nearly 90%.

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