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Leadership Skills Learned From Cinderella

Jen Lawrence | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

In an era where women are still struggling to be recognized and paid for their leadership skills, it is a frustrating message that one's best shot at elevating her status is to wait patiently for opportunity to appear. Rather than sitting around waiting for a Fairy Godmother to magically deliver your next promotion, here are five movie-inspired steps you can take to prove you are a capable leader and elevate your status at work.

The Importance of Tackling Hopelessness

Simon Jackson | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada Impact
Simon Jackson

Why can't we seek a world where we rise to the occasion and confront our failings as a society? Why can't we demand better of ourselves and of our communities to create a place where all life is respected? Why can't the ingenuity of the human brain -- and limitlessness of the human heart -- foster a world where hope triumphs over hopelessness?

This Year's Oscars Proved We're All Role Models

Natasha Koifman | Posted 02.25.2015 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Remember, you're not just sending information out into a void; you're sending it into a world where someone is going to receive it. When Patricia Arquette, John Legend and Julianne Moore took the stage on Sunday, they knew millions of people were watching. They showed us that we all have a voice and we can choose how we use it.

Nigerian and South African Crises Render Africa Rudderless

David Himbara | Posted 02.06.2015 | Canada Politics
David Himbara

Imagine Asia with both Japan and China in shambles. Or the Americas in which both the United States of America and Brazil are limping. Or Europe in which both Germany and France are in doldrums. The result would be political, intellectual, and economic vacuum. And that is the situation in Africa.

Business Leadership Lessons From the World's Best Mayor

Pam Ross | Posted 02.06.2015 | Canada Business
Pam Ross

Earlier this week, Naheed Nenshi, the Mayor of Calgary, Alberta, was awarded the 2014 "World Mayor Prize" by the World Mayors Foundation. I think every leader can learn from what Nenshi has done to reinvent civic government. Imagine an award for World's best business leader. Would you be a contender?

Why Vulnerability Leads to Great Leadership

Ivey Business School | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada Business
Ivey Business School

Everybody knows it is important for leaders to show confidence and competence. But good leadership requires more than that. As management guru Jim Col...

How To Manage Introverts And Extroverts Together

Evan Thompson | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

It can be challenging to find the time to suggest to an employee that they either speak up or speak less. This individual approach can lead to resentment and further encourage behaviour that lies at opposite ends of the scale. A key thing to realize is that it would be uninspiring to lead a team where everyone was the same.

How To Use Mentoring As a Business Development Tool

Mary Donohue | Posted 03.22.2015 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

Mentoring is seen as the heated steering wheel in your next car. Nice to have but you could live without it. It's not airbags or anti-lock brakes of the business world. But it can be standard equipment, just as formerly high-end safety features are standard on the cheapest of cars.

Why a Corporation Should Invest in Building Credibility

Stephane Prud'homme | Posted 03.16.2015 | Canada Business
Stephane Prud'homme

The only constraint when a corporation decides to work on its credibility is the time, and in business, time is cash. People do not realize how long it could be to build a credibility sound enough to help them to get out of a crisis situation or to build a relationship with stakeholders. We often say that it takes years to build credibility and it takes hours to lose, and it is so true.

How to Deal With a Management Bully

Shirley Williams | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Business
Shirley Williams

Does your manager have the traits of a bully? You may be dealing with a Hirogen Manager, an organization's hunter that sees his or her employees as prey. Here is the test. Are the following quotes familiar to you?

A GM Director's Advice to Women in Business

Lina Duque | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada
Lina Duque

GM Board Director & former Ivey Dean Carol Stephenson tells women: "Know your why." The boardroom is Carol Stephenson's playing field. The veteran ...

10 Tips From a Millionaire

Alana Hurov | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Business
Alana Hurov

What does it take to become a millionaire? I posed that question to 52-year-old, self-made millionaire Bobby Genovese. With a net worth of over $200 million dollars, the venture capitalist seems like a pretty perfect person to offer up some valuable advice.

What No One Tells You About Pursuing Your Business Dream

Jordan Whelan | Posted 02.03.2015 | Canada Business
Jordan Whelan

We are a society who enjoys our comforts, living on a flat trajectory of cost of living increases and certainty. Somewhere along the line many of us stopped dreaming and pivoted to filling our brains with weekend countdowns, effectively rushing along our lives when all we have to work with is time.

Why You Should Turn Off Technology and Listen When People Talk

Mary Donohue | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

Real work has to get done, and what are the costs if you don't spend time listening and communicating with your team? Well, the answer is that the costs are surprisingly high: rising levels of employee burnout, for starters. Burnout, our DMS indexing finds, is reflected in high engagement scores, which are accompanied by low value and low trust scores.

Jian Ghomeshi Is a Workplace Reminder that Character Should Trump Talent

Ivey Business School | Posted 01.07.2015 | Canada Business
Ivey Business School

Talent and commitment are important. But when assessing employees or potential employees, it is also critical to determine if they have the character required to be a good employee and strive to be an even better one. Overlooking bad behaviour is easy, especially when it involves top performers. But leadership is not supposed to be easy. With all due respect to anyone victimized in this case, this incident serves as a stark reminder of the risks that stem from ignoring character in the workplace.

PR Lessons From Jian's Failed Attempt at Spinning His Story

Bart Egnal | Posted 01.04.2015 | Canada Business
Bart Egnal

This abrupt about face looked terrible because his retreat stood in stark contrast to his initial proactive "openness." Had he only made the second post, he would have come across as someone seeking to present his story through the appropriate channels. Yet the contrast with his first post made him appear as someone who was fleeing accusations he could not refute.

Make Sure 21st Century Leadership Is Human

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 12.23.2014 | 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 11.26.2014 | 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 11.08.2014 | 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 11.02.2014 | 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.