Leaders

Lonely At The Top: Why CEOs Need Sparring Partners

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada Business
Thomas Gelmi

The announcement of Swisscom CEO Carsten Schloter's suicide shook the media earlier this summer, followed by the suicide of Pierre Wauthier, CFO of the Zurich Insurance Group, only a few weeks later. For many people in leading positions, "lonely at the top" is not just a simple cliché, but rather a sad reality. A personal sparring partner can make a crucial difference.

How to Use Personal 'Airbags' to Create Space in Daily Life

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Thomas Gelmi

A while ago, I had the opportunity to witness the demonstration of an avalanche airbag. The space created by the airbag can save lives in a situation that would otherwise bear the imminent risk of suffocation. I was immediately aware of the symbolism: Metaphorically speaking, our packed days and weeks are like avalanches, rolling over our heads and burying us underneath them. As in a real avalanche, the key lays in creating space.

Leadership is 10% Perspiration, 90% Inspiration

Barbara Morris-Blake | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Barbara Morris-Blake

OK, maybe the exact ratio isn't 10-90, but the point is that one of the most important traits of an effective leader is the ability to inspire others. If you aren't as inspiring a leader as you'd like to be, can you become more inspiring? Absolutely.

My Girlfriends Are Making A World of Difference

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png My girlfriends are engineers -- compassionate, beautiful, well-educated and yes...smart women who are out there making a difference. My friends are designing implants to deliver pain medicine for those with chronic pain. But what if my girlfriends never received an education?

Why Emotions Help Business Decisions

Deborah Nixon | Posted 04.07.2013 | Canada Business
Deborah Nixon

Antonio Damasio, (2003, Looking for Spinoza) the renowned neuroscientist, has demonstrated the important role of emotions in decision-making. When we insist on removing emotions from our decisions, we are ignoring the emotional part of our decision-making process. Why do we choose to avoid emotion, especially in a business or professional setting?