3 Reasons To Stop Being So Damn Collaborative

Monique Caissie | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

When we think of the best teams, many people aim for collaboration as the most desirable trait in the members and the leaders. While a collaborative approach targets the best win/win scenario that everyone can hope for, there are times where leaders need to step away and adopt a more directive stance.

Dealing With Enemies In The Workplace

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

Dealing with enemies is never easy. Remember that they do have an agenda; they are trying to get ahead, at your expense. Deal with them professionally and consistently, and very quickly they will learn not to mess with you.

What Peace Means To Children Living In South Sudan

World Vision | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

It has been one year since South Sudan signed a peace deal to end 20-months of conflict in the world's newest country. But with renewed violent clashes in July and mass internal displacement, long-term peace and stability remains uncertain. These South Sudanese children share what peace means to them.

Secrets On How To Cool The Workplace Drama Queen

Monique Caissie | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada
Monique Caissie

Lisa called me to get some advice about a colleague named Wendy whom she called a drama queen. (Both names are pseudonyms.) She started pointing out ...

All The Reasons Your Boss Will Never Admit They Are Wrong

Monique Caissie | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

Wouldn't it be great if when people were wrong, they could just 'fess up, apologize and take different actions to move forward? Just imagine the increased opportunities of positive and productive workplaces. Call me a dreamer! Unfortunately, egos get in the way and fear stops us from acting on our healthier options.

Can Being Too Honest Shoot You In The Foot?

Monique Caissie | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

Do you know people who shoot themselves in the foot with this "truth vigilantism"? Are there people you work with who don't have a good filter and say things that are unnecessary, self destructive or harmful to the team? How do you give them corrective feedback to stop listening to their anxious judge?

The Silent Collapse Of Hispaniola's Forests

Jake Kheel | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Impact
Jake Kheel

The island of Hispaniola, shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti, is a unique case study that explains how the exploitation of natural resources can directly affect the fate of a nation. That the two countries have starkly different trajectories is largely related to how they have historically managed their natural environment.

5 Tools That Helped Me Survive A Workplace Bully

Monique Caissie | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Living
Monique Caissie

Having worked in mental health, I've seen the other kinds of scars. Unfortunately, I've also been victim to them myself. Years ago, I worked at a children's charity. The executive director (ED) verbally abused staff. The first time I heard her scream, I thought she was injured and ran into her office. I was shocked when I realized screaming was her way of asking for a file.

5 Compelling Reasons To Leave Your Horrible Boss

Monique Caissie | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Business
Monique Caissie

You do have a choice. You may have to take a financial hit to put yourself in a better long-term situation. This happens to people all the time and resilience comes from taking action with a longer more practical viewpoint.

Why I'm Travelling To Conflict Zones In Syria And Beyond

Conrad Sauvé | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Impact
Conrad Sauvé

A desperate Syrian mother in a refugee camp tried to give me her sick little girl on my last visit to the region's conflict zones and neighbouring countries filled with fleeing people. She wanted me to take her child back to Canada for medical care. That day, I saw misery and despair that no one should bear.

An Evidence-Based Approach Can Put An End To Bullying

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. Shimi Kang

Lessening bullying requires a societal effort. No single institution can prevent the circumstances that lead to a young person fearing hateful comments online. Humanity has proven we have the capacity to improve the well being of others -- we should plan to make giant strides in minimizing bullying, too.

Business Skills Can Help You Excel, Even At 10,000 Feet

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Business
Thomas Gelmi

I am writing this article on a return flight from Los Angeles, where I am currently participating in an exciting documentary movie project about coach...

A New Generation Of Leadership Spreads Its Wings

Glen Pearson | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

For Trudeau, the reality of jumping from the skillet of an election campaign into the fire of world diplomacy and emergency response must be something of a foreboding transition. And yet he has brought an aura of freshness and innovation to the G20 that likely couldn't come at a better time.

Couples: Are You Fighting Again? Blame Your Brain

Susan Valentine | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Living
Susan Valentine

You and your partner get into a spectacular fight. And let us guess... it's his fault. Or hers. Definitely not yours. It's never really our fault. Even if we apologize, we may still think our partner provoked us to act that way. If only he listened better. If only she stayed out of it. As couples therapists we see this often.

Giving Women a Part in the Peace Process Promotes Lasting Security

Oxfam Canada | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Oxfam Canada

The number of conflicts -- especially intra-state conflicts -- is on the rise worldwide, contributing to record numbers of forcibly displaced people in 2014. Many of these conflicts are marked by violent extremism and acts of gender-based violence and abuse. The practice and policy of war and security have traditionally been dominated by men. Women and girls are almost always excluded from the political processes that are essential for peace and security: between 1992 and 2011, less than four per cent of signatories to peace agreements and fewer than 10 per cent of negotiators at peace tables were women. Yet, there is solid evidence that women's participation in peace negotiations contributes to more lasting peace.

Learning to Fight Fair Can Bring You Closer Together

Alyson Jones | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

This is your journey and your lesson and if you miss this information you will remain unaware. Do not be too proud to apologize, as an authentic apology can liberate everyone involved. This is the opportunity for conflict to become the vehicle for a deeper and richer relationship.

This Season, South Sudan Will Celebrate the Opposite of Christmas

Glen Pearson | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Glen Pearson

Massive military egos, political conniving, and Western dilly-dallying have resulted in a potent brew. And now has come famine on a vast scale, in what the United Nations has described as perhaps the worst humanitarian disaster of this recent era. Two million people are now on the move, displaced by conflict and lack of resources.

10 Tips To Avoid the Family Holiday Meltdown

Alyson Jones | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

The holidays are filled with social gatherings, family dinners and opportunities to connect and share the joy of the season. But with this festive season also come land mines that are within every family -- all this togetherness can sometimes backfire. So, how do we avoid this meltdown? Here are some tips to assist you in keeping the family peace during the holidays.

Not Dealing With Climate Change Endangers More Than the Planet

Glen Pearson | Posted 01.28.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

As prosperous governments continue in their retreat from the kind of global commitment required to deal effectively with dire poverty, women's empowerment, health and educational infrastructure, they inevitably leave the world a more troubled place. That threat is compounded multiple times by the world's nations refusing to deal seriously with the challenge of climate change.

Why Food Aid Fuels International Conflict

Patricia Adams | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Patricia Adams

As much as 80 per cent of humanitarian aid can be stolen en route. Most often, rebel groups will set up road blocks and "tax" the aid agencies wishing to deliver the aid. In effect, the aid agencies directly support rebel groups by feeding them or providing them with goods that can be traded for arms or other services.

A New Manifesto For a Dangerous World

Glen Pearson | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada
Glen Pearson

It's been hanging over us in impending fashion for years. It creeps in around the edges of consciousness, leaving its effects even when it temporarily...

Breaking the Silence on South Sudan

Patricia Erb | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Patricia Erb

Headlines and news stories keep us updated on the sometimes harsh truths around the world. While we are disturbed by the increasingly horrific situation in Iraq and the ensuing displacement of millions of Syrian refugees, another serious humanitarian crisis has been unfolding in South Sudan in near silence.

South Sudan: Don't Look Away

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Three years ago today, there was dancing on the streets of South Sudan. A new nation had just been born. Having voted to separate from Sudan, the people were bursting with dreams for a free and independent future. But the anniversary of independence is not being marked today with celebrations.

Children Should Not Be Pawns for Violence

Glen Pearson | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Some of our ultimate values as a civilization have swirled around children. They have prompted our drive towards education, health, training and opportunity. What does it say about us, then, that we are willing to accept the increasing death of millions of children in conflicts in which they have had no responsibility?

Why Optimism Is Our Only Gateway To a Cleaner Future

Mark Milke | Posted 07.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Some Canadians seek to create new opportunities, expand the economy, hire more people and provide opportunities. They might even -- gasp -- argue that governments are better off and have more revenues (without raising taxes) when entrepreneurs are allowed to flourish.