How to effect change … lead by example.

“The most influential and successful business leaders lead by example—calmly and confidently steering from the centre surrounded by empowered, competent, engaged people.”

Janice D. MacLean

Leadership is not a one-man band of decision-making, nor is it a dictatorship upon their throne. The most successful business leaders do not sit atop the point of a pyramid—they are the centre-point of a circle, surrounded by their people.

Just like a hurricane’s power is in the outer bands surrounding the calm eye of the storm, a leader is the calm eye of the storm in a business and their power comes from the people that surround them. Power and momentum is created by the synergy of every person in a business working together through their own decision-making process and actions. Every member of a business is a decision-maker—they make decisions every minute of every day, individually and collaboratively for the benefit of the business.

Great leaders confidently lead by example. They know when to lead and when to let others take the lead. When leaders trust their people to take the lead and made decisions on their own, people feel more self-assured, are more accountable and become more capable at making better decisions.

When leaders exude confidence and lead by example, it’s echoed back through their people, business momentum and prosperity.


Listen with eyes and ears, and lead by example.

Engage and empower your people to be thought leaders and confident decision-makers.

Activate conversation and contribution.

Direct with clarity.

Encourage and ensure open dialogue.

Respect diverse opinions and build trusting relationships through openness.

Support every department and every team member.

Hire and keep great people.

Inspire great work and a performance driven team.

Provide the tools for success, nurture confidence and recognize effort.

from her book BACK to BLACK | A Post-Pandemic Playbook

BACK to BLACK is NOW available on AMAZON.

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Category 5 Hurricane vs Global Pandemic

What does a Category 5 Hurricane have to do with a global pandemic?


Adversity, loss and disruption can be the catalyst to resourcefulness, innovation, and business improvement. Eventually we become better, stronger and more resilient than ever before, and that is what I’m hoping to help people and businesses achieve with my book BACK to BLACK | A Post-Pandemic Playbook.

The book shines a spotlight on ten core business functions, how they were impacted by the pandemic, and provides thirty thought-provoking action points to help people thrive and businesses prosper once again.

There are multiple lessons to be learned when enduring a business crisis, whether it’s a pandemic or natural disaster. In BACK to BLACK, I integrate my personal story of surviving a Category 5 Hurricane, and volunteering to serve a nation and six international embassies to demonstrate how we as people cope, are resilient and overcome the challenges we face as individuals or as a business.

BACK to BLACK is NOW available on AMAZON.

“Janice has blended engaging storytelling and business insights with inspiring action points to prepare us for the new normal. It’s a great tool to have in your back pocket.”

—Brian Williams, CEO, Insurtech Solutions Ltd., Cayman Islands

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A Post-Pandemic Business Revolution

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.” —Henry Ford

One of my favorite quotes and one of the inspirations behind my book BACK to BLACK | A Post-Pandemic Playbook. Henry Ford inspired the industrial revolution and I’m hoping to inspire a post-pandemic revolution for business transformation in the new normal.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused disruption in unimaginable ways to the way we work, live and socialize. It has been a worldwide wake-up call for people and businesses, reminding us how interconnected and interdependent we are.

As a business consultant, it has been difficult for me to watch so many businesses suffer and struggle throughout the pandemic. Last year, I decided the best way to help as many businesses as possible, was to write a book to help businesses thrive and prosper once again.
BACK to BLACK shines a spotlight on ten key business functions that contribute to prosperity, and then provides thirty action points to help the reader write their own Post-Pandemic Playbook.

 “A very engaging read … packed full of relevant key messages for business professionals to excel as we transition out of the pandemic into the new normal.”
—Douglas R. Day, President, First Cambridge Capital Inc., Canada

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