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Founded in 1922, Ivey Business School is based at Western University in London, Ont., with learning centres in Toronto, Hong Kong and Mumbai. Known for its case teaching method and thought leadership, the school’s mission is “to develop business leaders who think globally, act strategically and contribute to the societies in which they operate."

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The Art Of Dealing With A Narcissist

(3) Comments | Posted February 15, 2017 | 1:52 PM

By Ann Frost

Promptly after being officially named president of the United States, Donald Trump summoned leaders of the Big Three automakers to a White House meeting. This wasn't a huge surprise to the managers of General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. After all, while...

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Why Coaching Shouldn't Be Robotic

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2016 | 12:31 PM

By Thomas Watson

Getting up at 6 a.m. to do extra work is admirable, especially when the extra work in question involves programming robots, not to mention designing a high-tech dog feeder to fight pet obesity. And the deserved admiration is amplified even more when you are talking about a...

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Trumping National Character In The United States Of America

(3) Comments | Posted December 2, 2016 | 2:40 PM

By Thomas Watson

As the battle to replace him in the White House raged, U.S. President Barack Obama issued a sadly ironic presidential proclamation. Calling on all Americans to put their best foot forward, he officially named seven days in mid-October as National Character Counts Week. "I call...

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The Rising Cost Of Bad Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2016 | 2:40 PM

By Gerard Seijts

Failing to access leadership character can clearly be expensive. As Ivey Business Journal recently pointed out, fraud resulting from mismanagement at Wells Fargo has already cost the bank about US$300 million in fines and pre-settlement investigative costs while wiping out something like US$6 billion in...

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How Canadian Manufacturers Can Compete Like Our Olympians

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2016 | 1:06 PM

National pride can be a good thing, which is why Canadian businesses can learn a lot from our Olympic athletes. After all, as Conference Board economist Glen Hodgson recently noted, the "Own the Podium" program behind Canada's stellar performance in Rio shows just how important it is for...

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Canadian Execs Must Plan For The Unexpected Post-Brexit

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 10:55 AM

According to Canadian Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland, the decision by a slight majority of British voters to separate themselves from the European Union and all its economic benefits could actually be a good thing for Canadian trade, because it will help Ottawa finally close the Comprehensive Economic and...

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A 5-Hour Workday Is Not Just Possible, It's Profitable

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 2:24 PM

Office life has clearly evolved in the decades since Dolly Parton's gun-toting character in the 1980 dark comedy 9-to-5 took a stand against her sexist pig of a boss played by Dabney Coleman, announcing: "Up until now I've been forgivin' and forgettin' because of the way I was brought up,...

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Why Being An A**hole Costs Money

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 3:59 PM

This just in: Jerks make better business leaders. That, of course, is an assumption that has been around for a long time, not to mention one that has been somewhat difficult to counter, especially in Silicon Valley.

Indeed, as Business Insider pointed out in a 2014 article...

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Why We Should Thank Enron's Former Chief Financial Officer

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 11:52 AM

With all due respect to Senator Mike Duffy, headline writers got it wrong when they pronounced him vindicated by the recent court ruling that acquitted the former political journalist on 31 criminal charges for fraud, breach of trust and bribery related to his expenses. While Duffy was found...

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Start Thinking About Your Customer Experience Right Now

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 4:04 PM

Remember what happened to Kodak when digital photography changed the game? Well, market forces are creating a similar perfect storm for all companies.

Simply put, as John Sculley, the former CEO of Apple (not to mention Pepsi) recently pointed out in the Ivey Business Journal, it doesn't...

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Stock Charts Can Be Hazardous To Your Financial Health

(2) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 10:50 AM

Anyone looking at stock charts these days obviously has a good reason to wonder if it is time to exit equity markets. After all, with stock indexes jumping up and down like a yo-yo, market bears are out of hibernation.

In fact, as Ivey Business Journal recently...

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A Leadership Lesson From The Horrors Of The Holocaust

(3) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 11:28 AM

It was not your typical Hallmark moment.

After losing her beloved sister Miriam to kidney failure, Eva Mozes Kor spent hours in a Hallmark store trying to find the right card to thank a doctor. But it was an impossible task. After all, while the doctor in question did help...

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Why Losing Anthopoulos Is A Major League Loss For The Blue Jays

(2) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 5:08 PM

Although the Toronto Blue Jays didn't go all the way this year, they clearly didn't lack character. This wasn't a fluke. As departing General Manager Alex Anthopoulos recently explained, team management made a concerted effort during the off-season to focus less on "talent and tools and production" and...

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Volkswagen's Corporate Leadership Needs Re-Engineering

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 8:08 AM

As the Volkswagen emissions scandal was breaking, Stewart Parnell -- former head of a peanut company in Georgia - was sentenced to 28 years in prison for knowingly shipping salmonella-tainted peanuts to customers. His actions resulted in an outbreak that killed nine people and injured hundreds, not to...

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Hooking Up With Leadership Lessons From Ashley Madison

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 5:04 PM

It is generally assumed that aversion to risk is one of the biggest obstacles to Canadian innovation, but according to a Conference Board of Canada report issued late last year, only 10 per cent of Canadian businesses are truly risk averse. The big issue is apparently an inability...

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What the Greek Tragedy Means for Canadians

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2015 | 5:04 PM

In 2011, John Mauldin, an influential Texas-based financial advisor, went to Europe to meet local market experts, hoping to get a handle on the Greek debt crisis. At a party hosted by a Swiss banker, he asked everyone to raise a hand if they thought the euro would...

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How to Make Money Off the Singularity

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 5:41 PM

When the new Terminator flick hits the big screen this summer, movie goers will once again be confronted by a question that has confounded Joe and Jane Average ever since 1984, when we first saw Arnold Schwarzenegger as a wise-cracking cyborg assassin.

Now, we are not talking about...

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The Federal Budget Was Good For Business

(6) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 1:03 PM

When it comes to new spending in government budgets, politicians are typically damned if they do and damned if they don't. The release of Canada's latest spending plan is a case in point.

Leaving aside the fact that getting Ottawa out of the red required Finance Minister...

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We Shouldn't Romanticize Steve Jobs as a CEO

(2) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 9:23 AM

Investors and consumers alike were clearly excited to learn in early March that Apple was readying itself to launch its first new product in five years, a smartwatch costing from US$350 to more than US$10,000. In fact, the news helped convince Wall Street analyst Brian White to raise...

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Saving Good Bankers from the Bad

(2) Comments | Posted March 10, 2015 | 1:30 PM

When it comes to the reputation of the financial sector, the good news is that a Google search for banker jokes turns up only 534,000 results, while a search for lawyer jokes garners more than 10.5 million hits. The bad news is that unethical behaviour in the legal profession appears...

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