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.
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Founded in 1922, Ivey Business School is based at Western University in London, Ont., with learning centres in Toronto, Hong Kong and Mumbai. Known for its case teaching method and thought leadership, the school’s mission is “to develop business leaders who think globally, act strategically and contribute to the societies in which they operate."
If hockey world speculation is correct, the Leafs are again at risk of disappointing fans by thinking about replacing Carlyle with Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock if he becomes free to jump rinks this summer. Why? Because Babcock is a proven winner.
01/30/2015 01:54 EST
Jason Inch likes "doing business by doing good." One of his most interesting ventures, for example, is a real estate play in Shanghai that isn't about making anybody rich. Instead, it exists to help China manage urban density while also empowering people to "work, meet, socialize, create, exercise, eat, drink and live multi-faceted lives."
01/26/2015 04:34 EST
Everybody knows it is important for leaders to show confidence and competence. But good leadership requires more than that. As management guru Jim Collins put it, a good leader combines both humility...
01/23/2015 11:25 EST
As things stand, most performance incentives provided to heads of state-owned enterprises and powerful senior government bureaucrats are based on achieving growth and employment targets with only modest attention to the environment. The U.S Environmental Protection Agency has thousands of employees while China only employs a few hundred environmental oversight agents.
12/04/2014 09:11 EST
It is natural for many commentaries on Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's recent visit to China to focus on human rights. But when discussing China, the West must always be careful about bias.
11/13/2014 01:18 EST
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.
11/07/2014 12:43 EST
Tim Leiweke, president of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, recently made headlines by noting that hiring pro athletes with off-the-charts talent makes no sense if the players in question have terrible character. As far as he is concerned, ignoring character is a good way to ensure you are "doomed" to fail. He is right, and he didn't make his comments to score points.
09/26/2014 12:36 EDT
The collapse of talks aimed at producing a truce between Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates has rekindled fears of ethnic unrest in the war-torn nation, according to a recent Reuters report. But if truth be told, Afghanistan has little chance of stabilizing politically or seeing significant economic progress with or without the power-sharing deal that was being brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
09/05/2014 01:25 EDT
No challenge derails managers from the goal of sustainability more than understanding what it means for an organization to really be sustainable. Some people think sustainability is all about environmental issues. Others see it in terms of the bottom line. And then, of course, there are people who use the term synonymously with corporate social responsibility and shared value. Business sustainability is none of these things. Rather, it is about time.
08/14/2014 04:58 EDT
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.
07/22/2014 12:51 EDT
Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard didn't win her final match at Wimbledon, but she still served up lessons worth noting by everyone, especially leaders.
07/08/2014 05:53 EDT
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.
06/19/2014 12:35 EDT
Google is now actively promoting its self-driving car, which some automotive experts claim could be viable in less than a decade. Simply put, in addition to ripping apart the auto industry, self-driving cars will drive massive unexpected changes.
06/16/2014 12:45 EDT
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.
05/30/2014 12:42 EDT
Thornton's pay remains an issue for some major shareholders. But whether or not investors supported Barrick's latest compensation plan at the annual meeting on April 30, the company deserves credit for making significant changes to its governance structure.
05/01/2014 12:38 EDT
Miley Cyrus appears to have a well-thought out plan for changing her good-girl reputation, while Justin Bieber seems to be sorely lacking a plan of any sort. Consistency and clarity of message win out in this game of getting people's attention. There are valuable lessons you can learn from both.
04/30/2014 05:36 EDT
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?
04/17/2014 12:34 EDT
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