Why a Diamond?

The Learning Edge's logo, a diamond, not only symbolizes quality and high value, but also is distinctive in a personal sense. A diamond is a piece of coal made well under pressure, and for Denise, a Cape Breton coal miner's daughter, her company The Learning Edge Inc. should only further enhance the high quality of services already provided by the added pressures of entrepreneurship.

4 Cs Of Diamonds... and Leadership

Various characteristics of diamonds are graded and categorized by the diamond industry. Learning about diamonds is first learning about the "four Cs" of diamonds which are considered the most important grades and categories:

  • Cut
  • Clarity
  • Color
  • Carat weight

These are the criteria jewelers use when grading diamonds. Much like a diamond, there are also "four C's" of Leadership. Research has identified four important contributions leaders need to make to engage their employees:

  • Credibility: Walking the talk and leading by example.
  • Communication: Creating dialogue about what matters in the organisation.
  • Connection: Connecting with employees and connecting them to each other (building relationships) and connecting them to the organisation by showing the link between what they do and what the organisation needs.
  • Contribution: Motivating and encouraging employees to be and give their best, and recognising and valuing their contributions.

The benefits of engaged employees in the workplace are far-reaching. Ample research has been conducted on this subject, proving that organisations with highly engaged employees will out-perform organisations with less engaged employees, across all key business metrics. In terms of key business metrics, high-engagement organisations out-performed those with comparatively low-engagement by 47%. (The Hay Group, Gallup & Corporate Leadership Council)

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