Canada CEOs

Does Your Company Have The Emotional Intelligence To Be A Leader?

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

The key word here is "achieve", because the company can be motivated toward a lot of other things, both positive and negative, but a single focus on achievement is what contributes to emotional intelligence. Are your people able to ignore or suppress internal politics in order to work together toward a common, compelling and well defines goal?

Why Knowing Who You Are Is So Important To Your Business

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

Doing the hard work to create a clear, concise and compelling definition of who the company is -- what business it is really in -- is a tiny investment to inoculate a company from this potentially fatal disease. Steve Jobs was such a remarkable leader because he was constantly fearful of the threat of founder's dilemma, even as he was basking in the glow of Apple's amazing success.

Why It's Time for Your CEO to Get Social

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

Once hesitant to blog, tweet or post a photo to Facebook, more and more CEOs (and their leadership teams) are embracing social media in an effort to build communities and increase positive sentiment towards their companies. Here are five reasons I believe CEOs should champion the use of social media.

The Enemy of Your Future

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

Mark Twain was famously quoted as saying "I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead." The subtext of his quote is that time is the enemy of clear, concise and compelling communication. The same is true of strategy development.

So, You're a Working Mom... Big Deal

Julie Rusciolelli | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Business
Julie Rusciolelli

When did the term "working mom" come into the popular vernacular? I cannot, for the life of me, figure out why any woman with a job and children would describe herself as a working mom. My husband is a wonderful father, and great business leader, however, he does not refer to himself as a working dad. In fact, I don't know one man who works while raising a family and calls himself a working dad. So why do we?

Five Things Kids (And Parents) Can Learn From Microsoft's New CEO

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 04.24.2014 | Canada
Dr. Shimi Kang

Microsoft, a company worth more than $19 billion that employs over 10,000 staff globally, has only had three CEOs in its 38-year history. After 14 yea...

Is Your Successful Business on the Road to Extinction?

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

There are two things that Blockbuster, Borders and Kodak have in common. The first thing they have in common is they all went bankrupt because digital technologies made their businesses obsolete. The second thing Blockbuster, Borders and Kodak have in common is that they all could be thriving today.

Ten Reasons Why Pay Governance is Not Working

Richard Leblanc | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

In the public sector in Ontario, there have been several governance scandals, including Ontario Power Generation, eHealth, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, and Ornge, that have included compensation and spending. What this reveals is defective oversight. Governance is not government.

Blueprint's Top Trends for 2014: Part Three

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

The Fight For Control Over Our Lives Apple and Google will pull ahead of the pack in terms of its software controlling every aspect of our lives. Fi...

Blueprint's Top Trends for 2014: Part One

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

Wearable tech products speak to our increasing needs for self-awareness, instant gratification and sense of belonging. They will help us sleep better, stay fitter, manage our time more effectively, maintain our health more proactively, engage with more people who share our passions.

Blueprint's Top Trends for 2014: Part Two

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

Cloud-based services, also known as SaaS apps (software as a service), make more sense for everyone involved. SaaS apps are easier for customers to access, use and pay for, with the low subscription fee essentially amortizing what used to be a more onerous capital cost. They provide the developer with a consistent, predictable cash flow, and a far easier/cheaper development and upgrade process.

Ten Corporate Governance Trends for 2014

Richard Leblanc | Posted 03.15.2014 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

1. Active owners focused on performance. Expect pressure by activists and institutions for boards to control under-performing management to continue u...

Run a Business? Set Out a Clear Plan for Your Employees

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

When there is confusion about something, such as an organization's direction or strategic plan, there are many different interpretations of what it is. When there are many different interpretations, it usually means people aren't aligned with where the company is going and how it needs to get there.

The Real Reason CEOs Make So Much More Than Average Workers

Richard Leblanc | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

"Peer groups" is a basket of similar or larger companies compared to one company, and "benchmarking" is a decision to pay a CEO at the 50th, 75th or 90th percentile of other CEOs. average. This one issue -- benchmarking against peer groups -- has been responsible for CEO pay increases more than any other.

Why Are CEOs Making So Much More Than Their Workers?

Richard Leblanc | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

Taken as a whole, very high CEO to worker pay ratios can signal systemic wealth disparity. CEO pay has been outstripping executive and worker pay year over year by a wide margin because of structural issues related to "peer group benchmarking" (the very way CEOs are paid). This structural pay inequity is unrelated to CEO performance.

The Shifting Burden of Modern Leadership

r/ally | Posted 09.27.2013 | Canada Business
r/ally

When it comes to business and management, money doesn't buy peace of mind and a leader's biggest worry often comes down to variations of the same theme: managing people. And if that's not their top concern, it should be. Top industry leaders agree that a change is coming, and only the well-prepared leaders will come out on top.

LOOK: Canada's 10 Highest-Paid CEOs

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada Business

When it comes to Canadian companies, which CEOs earned the biggest bucks last year? The Globe and Mail listed how much CEOs from Canada’s 100 lar...

RBC's CEO Isn't the Only Boss With an Obscene Salary

Tim Paziuk | Posted 06.11.2013 | Canada Business
Tim Paziuk

In response to the backlash surrounding RBC this week, and in particular, against RBC CEO Gordon Nixon, let's look at how CEOs are compensated. Last year, RBC posted record earnings of $7.5 Billion and CEO Nixon received a pay hike of $2.5 million with millions in stock and option-based awards, incentives, and bonuses -- for meeting or exceeding expectations set out by the board of directors. I thought that was pretty shocking until I read about other CEOs. What makes these people so valuable and worth so much to a company? Someone tell me please. The bottom line is that this type of financial abuse affects everyone.

Does Your Compensation Committee Need A Reset?

Richard Leblanc | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

Executive pay practices are in the news on a regular basis. Just in the past few weeks, after meeting with investors, the performance metrics for Citi...

What the Board and Management Want From Each other

Richard Leblanc | Posted 03.30.2013 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

I recently trained a group of directors and CEOs from the banking and agricultural sectors in Texas and Arizona. We discussed mutual expectations on the part of the board and management. The following represents the output of these discussions, which could apply to a variety of boards.

Why You Need Trust in the Boardroom

Deborah Nixon | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada Business
Deborah Nixon

Trust at the board level is necessary at three intersection points: board and CEO, board member to board member, and CEO to C-suite. Why does trust matter? Think about the transactional costs of a low-trust relationship. In low trust relationships, suspicion abounds and parties feel compelled to paper every decision and every discussion. What can boards and executives do about this? Here is some advice.

Seven Ways to Tell If You're Working for a Ticking Time Bomb

David Gebler | Posted 07.09.2012 | Canada Business
David Gebler

CEOs need to realize that highly desirable employee behaviour can become distorted and even destructive in a company driven by leaders with ulterior motives. Here are seven sure-fire signs that you might be working for a company on the brink of catastrophe.

RIM Chiefs Make List Of '9 CEOs Who Should Be Fired'

Daily Finance | Posted 10.08.2011 | Canada Business

Market research shows that RIM is the no. 3 or no. 4 smartphone company in both the U.S. and abroad, and that its piece of those markets has continued...