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By Darryl Stewart

Look in the mirror before you get upset with your team

It might be your fault... Picture is by P. Reynolds, click for link.
It might be your fault… Picture is by P. Reynolds, click for link.

When people are following your direction they will do really silly stuff that they would not normally do even though they know better. There is an accountability shift that frees them from feeling guilty or foolish about doing these things.

Spiderman’s uncle said “With great power comes great responsibility.” For leaders this could be changed to “With great authority, comes great responsibility.” Great leaders take this responsibility seriously.

If you have not cultivated an environment where people are free to respectfully question you, it is your fault people are doing silly things despite their best judgement.

IBEX Payroll extends our profound respect and immeasurable gratitude to all the ancestors and keepers of the land on whose traditional territories our work takes place. We acknowledge that we are on Treaty 1 territory, the traditional gathering place of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene people and the traditional homeland of the Métis people. This land is sacred, historical, and significant. 

Every time we acknowledge this truth, we have an invitation and an opportunity to reflect on the wrongs of the past, what we do in the present, and what we can do to continually honour the people whose lands and water we benefit from today. 

This statement only acts as a first step in honouring the land we reside on and its peoples, and must be paired with education, understanding and informed action.