Management

Job Titles Don't Matter: Here are Tips to Overcome Yours

Shannon Kelly | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Business
Shannon Kelly

Your job title is only holding you back because you're reading way too much into it. Titles are entirely self-fulfilling, they make you, and only you, feel like you matter. So don't get bogged down in the "level game" because we're not all on the same playing field.

Target Canada's Big Mistake: Ignoring History

Ivey Business School | Posted 03.09.2015 | Canada
Ivey Business School

History does not always repeat itself, at least not at Target, which ignored past lessons learned when it tried to expand across the border with the same brand promise that made the company such a success in the United States.

25 Reasons for Risk Management Failure

Richard Leblanc | Posted 02.24.2015 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

I am speaking tomorrow to directors and officers about oversight of risk management by boards of directors. I prepared a list of 25 reasons that risk ...

How Not to Manage People

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 04.11.2015 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

Due to the growth of corporations on an international scale, the demand for management personnel has never been greater. Whether it is managing a multi-national project or a large internal team, corporations are pressing individuals into management roles at a greater pace than ever before.

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.

These Days, Retailers Need to Be in the Entertainment Business

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 03.21.2015 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

Society has changed and people have changed, and they want more. They want an experience. They want to be entertained. We believe that retailers are as much, or more, in the entertainment business as they are in the products business.

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?

How to Create An Agile Business Culture

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

The reason most companies are so deeply affected by disruptive technologies is their cultures resist adapting until it is too late. They are so entrenched in their current paradigms that they can't see the future iterations of what they are as a business.

Why Canada Is Headed for a Retail Bloodbath

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

These companies are going to have to counter a major disruption with a major disruption of their own. Most of the retailers who are in trouble are tinkering around the edges: a few more glitzy end aisle displays here, another rebrand there. Stripped down to its simplest form, these stores are glorified shelvers of stuff.

Hope for Kerala's Captive Elephants

Sangita Iyer | Posted 01.30.2015 | Canada
Sangita Iyer

A 72-year-old elephant, the famous Guruvayoor Padhmanabhan, is precariously balancing himself on three legs, as he is forced to do so to commemorate h...

Why Bosses and Employees Shouldn't Be Friends

Evan Thompson | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Business is global and more competitive than before and managers' loyalty is to the bottom line (and their bonuses). When spending 10 or more hours together in the workplace, relationships (romantic and otherwise) are bound to result. So, here are 10 reasons why a boss/employee relationship is not a good ide.

Connecting to Compete: Logistics Management

Umar Zulqarnain | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada Business
Umar Zulqarnain

Building and managing a world-class supply chain is difficult regardless the economic climate. Transporting goods quickly and efficiently is a complex task that requires coordinating and managing a number of variables within a fast-paced and volatile environment.

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.

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.

Ten Signs You Have a Great Project Manager

Benjie Nycum | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Business
Benjie Nycum

Project management is about managing and leading a project or major task from start to finish. At Nycum + Associates we manage projects as well as work with PMs in the design and construction industry. This is our list of special qualities that identify a highly effective PM.

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.

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.

Put These 8 Leadership Books Under the Tree

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 02.14.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

A quick Google search will yield a number of lists for the best management books, so let's not waste our time on the undisputed classics. Here are a few recommendations that are a little less obvious.

Businesses Must Be Prepared to Walk the Walk

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

One of the advantages of making a bold and compelling public statement about who you are as an organization is that you are now accountable for what you declare about yourself. In other words, you have to walk the walk because, if you don't, you will compromise your reputation.

Dove for Men Lacks "Real Beauty"

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Business
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

Dove's "Real Beauty" campaign drove product sales and created for the brand a dominant positioning within the women's beauty segment. Then Dove decided to extend its brand equity into the men's global market. And the men's campaigns actually erode the power and credibility the "Real Beauty" campaign has built so carefully and successfully around itself over many years.

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.