Leadership

Make Sure 21st Century Leadership Is Human

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 10.23.2014 | Canada Business
Thomas Gelmi

Employees are expected to perform -- no doubt about that. But how well do leaders make use of their competencies and behavior to create the ideal circumstances and fertile ground for optimal performance?

How to Stop, Breathe and Find Mindful Productivity

Paula Pyne | Posted 09.26.2014 | Canada Living
Paula Pyne

I happily stumbled across a post, on how to save time by doing less. I am all about doing more with less and exploring ways to simplify. It's what I practice and preach. This list resonated with me and serves as an excellent reminder to be the best you can be and focus on your priorities, what really matters.

Lead Your Business Like the Great Conductors

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Business
Thomas Gelmi

There are many analogies being used these days to explain good leadership, ranging from the alpine guide leading a group of roped climbers to the summit, to the skipper sailing a regatta with the crew. One of my all time favourites though is the analogy of the maestro conducting an orchestra.

A Great Regional Organizing Model -- Ecology Ottawa

Matt Price | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada Impact
Matt Price

Ecology Ottawa Executive Director Graham Saul did things backwards."Most activists I know started at the grassroots level then worked their way up to the national or international levels," he says. "I've gone the other way because I'm more and more convinced we'll make a bigger difference working locally."

As A Small Town Girl, I'm Proof Success Is Not Location Dependent

Komal Minhas | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Alberta
Komal Minhas

When I tell people I am from Grande Prairie, Alberta their response is usually surprise followed by some sort of joke or comment related to being red neck. Well, this small town girl has a big heart and even bigger dreams. I am at my core a country girl and my, oh my, has it served me well.

International Rules Aren't Made to Be Broken

Michael Møller | Posted 10.20.2014 | Canada
Michael Møller

The international rules that determine how we should be governing the affairs of the world don't seem to matter much these days. A well-organized society is based on agreed-upon rules of the game. Setting them aside and trampling on them only brings chaos that will affect us all sooner rather than later.

I've Got Some (Nanotechnology) Explaining To Do

Carlo Montemagno | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Alberta
Carlo Montemagno

We use jargon and complicate things with acronyms that are meaningless to those who aren't in the loop. But most importantly, we miss the opportunity to engage, excite and empower others with our news. As academics, scientists and researchers, we have a unique responsibility to ensure our findings extend well beyond the lab bench.

In Decision-Making, Timing Is Everything

Jessica Knox | Posted 10.11.2014 | Canada Business
Jessica Knox

The more time I spend in a leadership role, the more acutely aware I become of how often decision-making moments arise. A hiring decision, a strategic play, or, one of the toughest decisions for any business: when to say no to revenue-generating opportunities.

Having Women In Power Is A Matter Of Justice

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.27.2014 | Canada
G(irls)20

Women worldwide have faced discrimination, injustice and the infringement of their rights for centuries. In the 21st century, there still exists a great number of women who don't have basic civil rights, and female representation on different levels of our society remains low.

The Two Words You Should Pepper Your Conversations With

Andy Nulman | Posted 09.27.2014 | Canada Living
Andy Nulman

People learn, but over the years I've noticed they try to keep the actual act of it to themselves. Maybe it's somewhat of a "macho" thing to do; state something new as if you've always known it, trying to convince others you're a repository of the world's knowledge, any point of which you can summon on a millisecond's notice.

What the Military Can Teach Business Leaders

Ivey Business School | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada Business
Ivey Business School

Why partner with the military? One of the foundations of good leadership is the ability to accomplish a task by influencing other people. To do that, however, a leader must be able to assess a situation, develop a plan, issue clear instructions and then supervise execution.

Remembering Greatness: Happy Birthday, Madiba

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Nelson Mandela would have been 96 this week. It's the first birthday since his passing -- celebrations replaced with mourning and reflection. With the passing of Mandela, humanity lost a quiet voice of reason -- one we still sorely need in an increasingly polarized world. In honour of Mandela's birthday, here are some of our own fondest memories of "Madiba."

How to Slow Your Pace for Summertime

Paula Pyne | Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada Living
Paula Pyne

At the halfway mark of the year, it's a great time to regroup, reconnect, and recharge. This year has been moving at lightning speed and the pace, along with the ubiquitous change, has made for a challenging year so far. I've welcomed the slower pace of summertime this year and I've been reminded yet again that our current ways aren't working.

The Country With the Most Women in Parliament? You Might Be Surprised

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png A quick quiz for you -- which country has: the most women in parliament? The largest number on boards? Drum roll -- Rwanda 63.8 per cent and Norway 40.6 per cent. So it seems that when it comes to leadership, the glass ceiling in the U.S. and U.K. isn't about to be shattered any time soon. But does this really matter? I think it does.

Leading Effectively Begins with Mindfulness

Michael Apollo | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada Business
Michael Apollo

Your second quarter is coming to an end and your sales team isn't closing the deals it's forecasted. As expenses outweigh the current cash flow, your CEO is forced to prune the organization and puts the pressure on you to perform. You take the stand and demand immediate compliance from your team and explicitly set a high standard for performance -- will this leadership style yield the results you require?

We Need to Focus on Sports, Not Genders

Gal's Got Game | Posted 08.24.2014 | Canada
Gal's Got Game

More and more women appear to be taking up important roles in the sports world, which propels others forward. Kim Ng, for example, was the youngest person -- and the first woman -- to present a salary arbitration case in the major leagues when working for the Chicago White Sox as a special projects analyst. She won.

So You Want To Be A Leader?

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.21.2014 | Canada
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png Leadership is not a concept that exclusively applies to offices and organizations. Every human being is leading a life, a life full of immense potential and a unique promise for the world. As Mahatma Gandhi underscores, "Be the change you wish to see in the world."

You Think Your Job Is Rough? Meet Iceland's Top Banker

Ivey Business School | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Business
Ivey Business School

The next time you feel overwhelmed at the office, try Googling the name Steinthór Pálsson for a bit of perspective therapy. Few business leaders will ever confront the challenges Pálsson faced as the new CEO of Landsbankinn, Iceland's oldest full-service financial institution.

The Burdens of Our Past Success

Darrell Kopke | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Business
Darrell Kopke

How often, as leaders of organizations who make critical decisions daily, are we more than just informed by the past but actually burdened by it? Without even being conscious of it, we react to daily events based on all these and many more influences.

How to Find a GM Who Will Bring Home Lord Stanley's Cup

Ivey Business School | Posted 07.30.2014 | Canada Business
Ivey Business School

The data presented in the latest issue of Ivey Business Journal shows a growing body of statistical evidence suggests the odds of winning a Stanley Cup are no better with recruited proven winners in the coaching or GM positions. In some cases, the odds even appear worse.

In Business, Sensitivity Is an Asset

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Business
Thomas Gelmi

Unfortunately, sensitivity has a rather negative connotation in western cultures. In a society that favors the loudest and the fastest, sensitivity is often put on a level with poor resilience and weakness, which is flat-out wrong. But this poor image of sensitivity is not the same all over the world.

Nice Guys Can Win (If They Are Good)

Ivey Business School | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Business
Ivey Business School

There is also ample anecdotal evidence that niceness and excellence can co-exist. The careers of Wayne Gretzky in sport, Chris Hadfield in science and Arlene Dickinson in business are good examples. So does being nice really mean you will finish last?

Useful Business Tips From An Astronaut

Anne Day | Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada
Anne Day

Much is written in business circles of visualizing your success. Well for astronauts, it is quite the reverse, they spend considerable time visualizing failure; simulating what they would do if something went wrong -- and in space, the scope is unlimited. As business owners we need to do that too and be prepared for what could go wrong, with a plan B (or C) in our back pocket.

Five Easy Steps to Discovering Your Personal Brand

Bobby Umar | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada
Bobby Umar

Words can be a powerful expression. So too can a personal brand be a powerful beacon for you and others. But most of all, each of you can be a leader. You just need to know who you are, know what you want and then ultimately make that positive impact with your brand, your promise and your legacy.

How to Get Millennials To Follow You

Rob Henderson | Posted 05.27.2014 | Canada
Rob Henderson

A good leader is someone who other people want to follow, and good leadership is both a valuable and necessary trait in those who aspire to guide and ...