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In reflecting on a conversation I had with a Director of Care and her direct boss at a senior's residence, I was struck by how unaware they were that their attempts in managing communication flow was causing their current communication breakdown.
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The other day, I was walking through Toronto's historic Distillery District. This District is a must-see spot for both locals and visitors to Toronto as it features a wide variety of artistic and cult...
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Thanks to the unprecedented pace of change in the market, we are now at a moment where anything is possible. To seize this opportunity, it's important to recognize that the power base is shifting. The new technology buyers of today have extremely high expectations, and increasingly, only want to do business with companies that mirror their own diversity.
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As a black female robotics researcher, I know that I am different than most of my colleagues. I joined a robotics class in elementary school and the world of technology opened up for me. After making my first project, I saw myself as a super heroine -- I had discovered my superpower -- and felt that I was beginning to acquire the tools and skills to broaden my horizons and change my life's path.
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When people walk out in the field of horses with me, they are entering into a space where no ego exists. There is only the pure reflection from the horses who, because of their prey nature, are reading not what we show on the surface but the intention of energy we are holding underneath that. We are mirrored from a place of pure authenticity where our own blindness and unconscious habits are revealed in an instant due to the highly sensitive nature and intuition that the horse brings to the conversation.
Today's business landscape is constantly evolving. Despite this rapid evolution, however, it can still sometimes feel as though the changes we desire are not happening fast enough. These feelings are especially true when considering topics like career progression and, most recently, women's leadership.
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Recently, I have been thinking a lot about the relationship between organizational strategy and city building (more on that in my next post). I do find it interesting how many cities and countries set...
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Some of the organizing tactics that Conservative supporters are using to target ethnic communities are particularly problematic. To many people's surprise, a candidate with the name Brad Trost has become hugely popular in the Chinese community, especially with the Chinese evangelicals.
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Today, all the chatter in leadership development is about millennials and retiring boomers. Let's be honest: for most organizations, no millennial is going to be tapped for a top job, yet many of these organizations are spending money on understanding their millennials and helping boomers feel good as they retire.
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I have found it most intriguing that criticism has recently been voiced against Donald Trump simply because he has changed his mind in regard to various policy positions. During the campaign, he said...
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Our sense of what is realistic or not might actually limit our own possibility. Consider running a four-minute mile. It was thought to be impossible until Roger Bannister broke the four-minute barrier in 1954. The record now stands at 3:43 and the mile has been run in under four minutes at least 4,500 times.
The sooner NDP leadership candidates stand out, the faster they become a household name or a familiar face. For the good of the race and the growth of the party base, candidates need to move into competitive mode - and even "entertainment mode" - ASAP.
As the CPC strategizes for a new party leader, some right-minded pundits of market fundamentalism are touting the inexperienced political outsider as a serious contender for party leader. That imprudent direction may well prove to widen the chasm between the CPC and wiser-than-previously-anticipated average Canadian voters.
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We've all read our fair share of inspirational quotes -- added various motivational accounts onto our social media timelines, when we've felt "off." Newsflash people -- we need to get up and get movin...
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Have you identified the values and assumptions that drive you personally and professionally? What drives your business beyond shareholder expectations? What drives your day-to-day personal life beyond working to pay bills? Are you clear on what matters?
Everyone wants to be recognized by their employer for the work they do, especially if it's above and beyond their job description. It happens often, whether you're asked to complete a task outside your scope of work or you want to outshine your competition and win that VP role that just opened up. Unfortunately, usually the more you do, the more expectations of you rise and as the work piles up, your performance slips and your stress increases.
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I'm often asked what we can do to reach true equality - a world where women and men were equally represented in everything from government to business. If I had to pick one single thing we could address, I'd say confidence. Simply put - men have it. Too often, women don't. On this International Women's Day it's important to celebrate and recognize successful women. Young women, girls need to see others succeeding in fields that traditionally have been dominated by men. It's important for young women to see other women in politics and government.
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Let's face it, every organization goes through highs and lows, especially in startup mode. While milestones are often celebrated, there are the inevitable tough times all leaders need to face. These are the moments that you least want to start attempting to build morale and performance.
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We've heard it before: Leadership drives behaviour. Model the way. Leadership is intelligence, honesty and doing the right thing. As a leader in an organization, we hope to have the skill, savvy, and...
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Kevin, as somebody who sat next to you for three years on Dragon's Den, I want to congratulate you for taking the plunge into public service and taking on the real dragons and sharks of the political world. But there are a few things I'm concerned about. I know that you used to be open to the idea of a carbon tax -- I've seen the video of you talking about it. Somebody must have told you that you couldn't become Conservative leader if you supported one. But here's the thing: You will never become Prime Minister if you don't have a plan to deal with climate change.
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We Canadians, if we stay true to our beliefs as expressed in our Charter, have an opportunity to be a shining example to the world that building bridges will trump building walls virtually every time when it comes to nation-building; and more importantly repairing the world for the better.
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This is the week when Americans and non-Americans alike stopped to remember the remarkable accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr. on the anniversary of his birth. A federal holiday in the United States, it prompts millions to think of the civil rights reformer's remarkable accomplishments.
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Never before has a generation been so connected and self-organized, yet mired in such anguishing asymmetry with older generations of leadership. If so many young leaders are already responsive, responsible and also effective, why do senior leaders worldwide prevent them from joining them?
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People are realizing that, without the weight of gendered expectations, they can embrace skills, talents and passions irrespective of gender, which benefits individuals, corporations and the world. It is a long way from where we once were, labelled "pink" or "blue" at birth and put into our gender-specific boxes.
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After the success of Donald Trump, multiple candidates are venturing into that version of the imitation game - in tone, in style, in tactics or in substance. Their failure to recognize fundamental differences in the political culture and the leadership selection processes in both countries will be their undoing.
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Both in terms of formal programs and corporate philosophy, genuine sponsorship is known to be effective at accelerating careers; but, unlike more established mentorship programs, is not at all widely used.
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These upcoming holidays, I challenge you to be fearless and disconnect from technology. Connection has been such a powerful theme in my life; it is something that I have often abused and taken for gra...
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Millennials are proving that they don't need intense supervision as previously assumed. In reality, you may find that millennials are teaching older generations a thing or two about enhancing a business.
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Email, like a bag of chips, is addictive. Even with the most discipline, you will break. Having email on your phone is the equivalent to walking around with an open bag of chips with you. All the time. It doesn't sound very healthy, does it?
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Public speaking is linked to career success: It creates a perception that you're an expert in your field and it can be an opportunity to motivate people. I used to be terrified of speaking in public too, but was forced to overcome my fear so I could network with other entrepreneurs and promote my business.
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Livey Van Wyk, 31, has come a long way from pregnant and HIV-positive teenager to becoming a fulfilled mother and an influential and inspiring young mayor who is the pride of her native Namibia. Her life tells a powerful story of courage and hope.
Whether Trump's supporters see it or not, character in the White House matters more today than ever before, especially if the goal is to make America great. After all, the thing that set America apart in the past was its ability to create wealth while maintaining at least a perceived commitment to religious tolerance, equality and freedom.