Mission Statement
Business Leadership & Strategic Performance Training/Enhancement
"Our objective is to assist individuals, companies and organizations reach optimal performance using innate skills and strengths within the larger framework of circumstance, workplace and community. Relevant and stimulating programs are customized to client requirement".
-Rodger Harding

Harding International and Associates Inc.
Telephone: +1 (416) 962 6700
9836 Keele Street
Vaughan, L6A 3Y4
Ontario, Canada
Client Comment
Selected Comments
"This seminar far exceeded expectation - Rodger is poised, articulate, respectful- He was dead on with his presentation and I would recommend him without hesitation." - S.M. Canadian Women in Communications (CWC)
"Your participation in our International/Asia Pacific FS Conference helped make it one of the best and more relaxed conferences we've ever had. Very effective facilitation! Thank you." - Paul Masse, Manager, Bombardier Aerospace
" I want to congratulate you on a job well done. A room full of lawyers is not the easiest audience to appear before, yet you ruled the room. You have that unique ability (gift?) to teach ideas without it being hard work. I found your personal style very relaxing yet challenging". - David Clarke, Chair, YLD Division, The Canadian Bar Association of Ontario
Corporate Intelligence

CIA Harding International and Associates Inc.

"In this compelling book by a former diplomat, you will learn the secrets (step by step) to developing an intelligence strategy by effective information gathering and analyzing, and then to delivering credible intelligence to senior management."|more...

Available from bookstores and online:
Leadership Training
The Essence of Business Leadership Training -
Be the leader you are meant to be!

Toronto based Rodger Harding, applying leadership savvy learned from military, legal, diplomatic & business consulting experience has a proven record of enabling full leadership potential in scores of business folk. His clients range from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, national not-for-profit organizations & learning institutions.

The Harding Leadership training program raises awareness, validates and empowers the true essence of leadership. We enhance your ability to identify, strengthen and take full advantage of core leadership competencies, instilling legitimate confidence rather than reinforcing a preoccupation with outward presence. | more...
Training Program Design and Development
All Harding International and Associates Inc. programs are designed to:
  • Access existing innate and learned competencies/experience.
  • Enhance individual/team ability to meet current organizational requirement.
  • Accommodate changing environment and circumstance.
Our customized programs are built from scratch and will accurately reflect the unique context of corporate operations and identity. Training products that utilize the Harding Model are limited to one company per industry. This commitment ensures that training initiatives will result in strategic and competitive advantage - We encourage clients to safeguard our techniques and methodology as part of their intellectual property.| more...


Acknowledging youth wanting more!

by Administrator 09.Sep.2010 11:53:00

"The law of action and reaction is not exclusively for physics. It is also of human relations.” –Dalai Lama 

Every individual life has an accountability to be the best it possibly can. Full and pleasurable investment of innate and learned ability, accepted and accommodated by society, adequate compensation and the opportunity to evolve, for me, make for human happiness at any point in time . Would these then not be the exact same avenues to acknowledge our own existence, as well as that of others.  How good are we at this… individually and collectively? More...

Success – Fruition of Dreams or Evolution

by Administrator 19.Feb.2010 11:55:00

In a society that increasingly heralds success in terms of wealth and status, it is small wonder that we are bombarded with clichéd recipes that promise foolproof avenues to turn desire into reality.

Ad nauseam we hear of attuning vibrations, the power of positive thought, the laws of attraction etc. We are asked to compile scrapbooks, paste pictures and write journals that give concrete expression of our every material want.  As humans we are naturally imperfect. Do we know what we want? Do we really know what is best for us in the long term? Is it not wiser to set and strive for strive for concrete goals, while factoring in a flexible acceptance or even surrender to what happens, able to  reset goals in accordance with current circumstance. Perhaps the old adage “Be careful what you ask for … you might well get it” had its origin in this reality.  

Imagine a world where everyone could achieve success just by visioning or willing it to happen? The danger of this thinking is the so prevalent sense of entitlement that equates desire with expectation and the right to have!  

Uncertainty and the wild-card factor are a given - They should be managed rather than wished away ... Surely they make life challenging and interesting?  


Year-end/Holiday Message 2009 from Rodger Harding

by Administrator 13.Dec.2009 10:53:00

Dear Clients & Friends, 

As 2009 draws to a close, the inevitable reflection on my 12th year of operation brings forth a certain satisfaction at surviving the tough challenges that currently face this particular industry, as well as the broader world economic uncertainty.

In taking stock of the past year, I am, more than ever, confronted with the inescapable reality that no amount of hard work or intervention could replace the myriad relationships that support my endeavors. It is my extreme good fortune to have a like-minded network of clients, colleagues, associates and friends who consistently encourage me to press forward with an unadulterated business vision. “Do whatever it takes no matter the challenges” seems to be the repeated refrain. Words cannot express my ongoing appreciation for your personal and professional contribution to my success and sense of fulfillment.

This encouragement was of particular significance this year. It was at a client’s suggestion that I developed the new Creative Leadership program that identifies individual leadership and management style. This offering has proved to be an effective and fun module that apparently suits prevailing corporate and individual budgets.Similarly our Corporate Intelligence Awareness program has increased in popularity. An invitation to address over 200 members of the Project Management Institute, Southern Ontario Chapter (PMI-SOC) on The Importance of Good Intelligence in Tough Times resulted in several enjoyable contracts, as well a trip to Europe in the summer to participate in an Intelligence think-tank. It would appear that the years of spadework in evolving the course and the considerable effort that went into writing my book on the subject have paid off – Managing uncertainty is now very much on the agenda in corporate circles.    

Our offices will be closed from 15th December 2009-7th January 2010. While I will be away for my annual brain-rinse/recharge, I will be checking e-mail periodically.  My very best wishes for the Holidays and a happy, safe & prosperous 2010!  I look forward to renewed contact in the New Year.

Warmest regards, 


Women helping Women

by Administrator 13.Dec.2009 10:44:00

During a recent magnified mammogram procedure, a friend of mine, not wanting to distress her family, spent the day alone at the hospital. I was hugely impacted by the importance, yet simplicity of her comment. Is this perhaps a fortuitous distillation of the essence of how women make their contribution? Consider her observations in the context ofcorporate scenarios: 

"My day at the hospital was one of the most uplifting experiences I've had in a while. I chose to go alone. There was a pervading sense of women looking after women at the clinic. People from all walks of life sat and chatted for hours as we all waited for our procedures. The radiographers held my hand and stroked my back during the biopsy, and the doctor put her arm around me as she led me to her office to discuss the preliminary results. There are boxes of knitting in the waiting room, and while we waited we knitted strips destined to become blankets for women's shelters. I was fascinated by the gaudy bits of knitting - each obviously bearing testimony to one woman's emotions as she waited.

I think that women do a great job of looking out for each other when the chips are down - I worry that men don't, as they soldier through their troubles."

Creativity Defines Leadership Style

by Administrator 04.Oct.2009 11:25:00

Enjoy a fun session painting on canvas. The experience will allow an exploration of:
·          Innate thinking that underpins your leadership expression
·          How your leadership style impacts on others
·          The difference between management and leadership
What’s involved!
·          A 3-hour time investment
·          The creation of an original artwork (2-hours)
·          Individual or group (4 maximum) sessions
·          Intensive debrief with Rodger Harding (1-hour exchange of ideas, recorded for participant reference)
·          $300.00 (all paints, brushes and canvases included)
·          Wine and snacks add to the relaxed atmosphere
How this approach to leadership training came about!
 A young CEO, describing her management team as iconoclastic, recently asked me to come up with a relaxed and intimate leadership course that would be completely different, yet relevant. It was important to her that each person would walk away with a better knowledge of, and confidence in, their own leadership style.
As my own artistic ventures have distinctly allowed me to understand how creative thinking influences my approach to people, situations and crises. This is particularly true when faced with unchartered territory, or scenarios that have unfolded in an unexpected fashion. I decided to experiment with a real-time painting session that would allow each participant to evaluate their own leadership style. It was a great success.
Feedback showed that the 4 participants benefited by:
·          A positive realization of innate, yet untapped, creative thinking
·          A conscious awareness of the difference in individual approach to the task 
·          An understanding of the parallels in workplace decision-making and project management
·          An awareness of the importance of creative thinking when faced with required interpretation, analysis and task execution within set time and resource parameters
·          A conscious realization that management is a component of leadership
Call (416) 962-6700 for more information
Seema has never painted before - It was impressive to note how her work reflected full response to environment & available resources, as well as audio and verbal stimulus


Women & the Psychology of Leadership

by Administrator 31.Aug.2009 06:07:00

Rodger Harding is proud to have been invited by Adriaans & Associates to present a full day workshop that will explore and demystify the role of Women in Leadership


Date: Friday November 20, 2009.

Sheraton Centre Toronto,

123 Queen Street West, Toronto


·          Full day leadership workshop 8:00am-4:30pm (lunch served)

·          Cocktail networking session 5:00–7:00 pm

·          Draw— 2 tickets to South Africa sponsored by South African Airways


Rodger Harding’s empowering insights reflect an exciting life lived on three continents. His experiences have fuelled a firm conviction that individuals are totally unique and deserve to be accommodated for who they are rather than who they are expected to be. His particular passion for recognizing, accessing and enabling deserving Canadian women, is clearly demonstrated through his long standing professional development engagement with the nation-wide Canadian Women in Communications (CWC) Professional Development & Mentorship Program.

Rodger is a gifted storyteller – His riveting presentations are uniquely interesting, entertaining, and memorable!


"Do not follow where the path may lead.

Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." -Muriel Strode

The Evolving Context of New Media - Rodger Harding interviewed for ACTION!

by Administrator 05.Aug.2009 06:18:00

Rodger Harding was recently interviewed by Natalia Malysheva of Natole Productions as part of her latest documentary that explores the evolving context of New Media in the film, broadcast, news and entertainment arenas. Her questions were insightful and thought provoking.  

Action!  is an interactive documentary that aims to present the numerous challenges faced by Canadian independent producers in the process of launching new media projects.


York University Career Mentorship: Special Recognition Award: Rodger Harding

by Administrator 09.Jul.2009 10:41:00

Rodger Harding recently received special recognition for his:

 "Exceptional commitment and contributionsto numerous students in the Learning Disabilities Progam and for Outstanding Involvement in York University's Career Mentorship Program"  

Rodger Harding's Business Mentorship Guidelines

by Administrator 09.Jul.2009 10:18:00

“... I can see them no more as they are, but as they were meant to be, as they would have liked to be if they had a chance…”- Axel Munthe 

 It seems as if mentorship is the business buzzword of the moment. Against the backdrop of a decade long commitment to the York University Learning Disability Mentorship Program (LDP) and a six year involvement with the Canadian Women in Communications (CWC-AFC) Mentorship Program, I am alarmed at the increasingly transactional slant that appears to regard mentorship as a fast-track networking vehicle or an opportunity to rapidly download the hard-earned knowledge of others.  My own interaction with a succession of people with vastly differing professional and personal mentorship requirements has been intensely rewarding and has resulted in strong opinions on the subject:   

What is Mentorship?    

A Mentor will essentially identifiy, understand, validate and enable full Mentee potential. Perhaps the essence of an evolving mentor/mentee relationship it is to provide a stepping stone or sounding-board that will assist mentees realize the importance of becoming who they are and what they want to be, rather than who they are supposed to be. To this end, establishing a good fit and mutual availability is critical if the relationship is going to work. Consider the following criteria as a potential check list:    

An Effective Mentor will display: 
  • Recognition, understanding and preservation of unique mentee thinking, competencies and impact  
  • Preparedness to accept value and priority differences (the ability to transcend personal approach
  • Acceptance of changing realities as the relationship progresses
  • Ability to work with uncertainty and intangible results - Stand free of, and not care more about, outcomes than the mentee!
  • Ongoing commitment as a resource/sounding board
  • Belief that the process is a two-way street – A relationship of equals builds trust and opens the door to mutual learning (An unusual example of this approach would be the CWC-AFC Mentoring Circle set up by their Calgary Chapter. A group of like-minded, high calibre broadcast professionals mentor each other with great success)  More...

Being Yourself - Imperfect Perfection

by Administrator 03.Jun.2009 07:36:00

 Underpinning my work with individual or corporate clients is the immense respect, if not awe, that I have for the individual being in all its perfection & imperfection.  In our society though, it seems that we have a difficult time being who we are or who we want to be. How often are our objectives shifted, adjusted or deleted to fit in with what others want us to be? 

Some 30 years ago a friend introduced me to the thought provoking music/lyrics of Dory Previn - Her apparent victory over an intense struggle to make sense of her life, resonates in the words below. In our own lives, personal and professional, we often complicate the same quest .... Turning to quick-fixes promised by the banal messages of money makers rather than our inner voice/instinct. 

I love the simplicity of Dory Previn's message that makes claim to neither doctrine nor label:  More...

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