5 Qualities Of A Terrific Leader

Adriana Girdler | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Business
Adriana Girdler

Being a leader is an honour. It's a skill set that must be taught and constantly perfected. Seeking improvement and feedback is imperative for growth.

Millennials Don't Heart Your Company's Basic Technology

Dave Borrelli | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Business
Dave Borrelli

Technology is not a nice-to-have for the millennial generation; it's a deal breaker. And considering that by 2030 75 per cent of the workforce will be millennials, it's something to take seriously. Millennials' technology expectations, coupled by their social media, mobile computing and app usage, are spreading into the workplace.

Why Losing Anthopoulos Is A Major League Loss For The Blue Jays

Ivey Business School | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Business
Ivey Business School

Although the Toronto Blue Jays didn't go all the way this year, they clearly didn't lack character. Character, of course, is a loaded word. Like competencies and commitment, we know it is essential for individual, team and organizational success. But what exactly is character? And what about it leads to success?

There Is No 'One-Size Fits All' for Successful Global Management

Marie-Therese Claes | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Business
Marie-Therese Claes

The biggest challenge facing business today is how to tackle the complications brought by an increasingly globalized and technologically advanced world. In the last decade the ways in which we produce and consume goods, and how we interact with each other have changed.

How Should a Board of Directors Oversee Ethics?

Richard Leblanc | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Business
Richard Leblanc

In all of my interviews with directors over the years, when I ask about a director's greatest regret the answer is consistently, "I should have spoken up when I had the chance." Chances are several of your colleagues are thinking the exact same thing.

Children's Books Are the Best Management Guides

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 08.18.2015 | Canada Business
Kathy Buckworth

Every week there are hundreds of management books written and published. But do yourself a favour, and instead of buying another guru's latest book, revisit your child's bookshelf, or the children's section of your local library or bookstore. Many of the classic tales contain all of the management advice you'll ever need.

How I'm Helping to Rebuild Nepal

Mads Hviid Jensen | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Mads Hviid Jensen

Kathmandu's weak infrastructure had not been able to withstand an earthquake of that magnitude. In the week following the quake immediate relief efforts were made by locals and large organisations alike. Emergency distributions of rice ensured people could survive the first few days.

Are Businesses Ready for True Reinvention?

Hessie Jones | Posted 07.06.2015 | Canada Business
Hessie Jones

The organization, at large, will eventually need to wake up and realize the very structures that have lasted for decades are inhibiting them and stifling their ability to effectively understand and pay attention to their customers. This is what the market demands. Yet, companies continue to operate under the guise that what's worked for decades can and will subsist.

How Offering Shorter Summer Hours Can Increase Productivity

Evan Thompson | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

The concept of summer hours first became popular in New York as the week wound down to ease rush hour Friday traffic flows out of town during sweltering summer days. Why wait until Saturday morning when you could leave your desk at noon on Friday, or even earlier?

Improve Your Workplace for Employees With Mental Health Issues

Shekhar Parmar | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Business
Shekhar Parmar

As a business owner, my employees' health and well-being is important to me. I know that a healthy workforce is a productive workforce. Here are a few suggestions on what we all can do to make our workplaces better for those who are living with mental health issues and in turn increase productivity.

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

Shannon Kelly | Posted 06.14.2015 | 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 05.09.2015 | 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 04.26.2015 | 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.