Why we should practice being vulnerable

2 minute readVulnerability, the “quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally,” has inherently negative connotations, both at the biological and emotional level. Biologically, vulnerability can leave us open to physical attacks by predators; emotionally, vulnerability can allow harmful emotional attacks or rejection by others. Subsequently, “avoiding…

Reduce stress with the art of acceptance

2 minute readHolidays are a time to recharge and refocus, but have you found yourself having a hard time getting back to “business as usual”? In fact, sometimes the workload coming back from a break can be even more overwhelming and stressful than before you leave. If this sounds like a familiar experience, then you…

What Does Canada Need to Jump Start Innovation?

2 minute readDespite having one of the most diverse workforces in the world, Canada was ranked 14th in the 2019 OECD Global Competitiveness Report; dropping two spots from the previous year, and scoring below the United States, Denmark, and Korea. Although we receive strong rankings in macro-economic stability (1st), sound financial system (9th), and labour market (8th),…

Reader Spotlight: Meet Anita Dusevic Oliva of Inter Pipeline

6 minutesMeet Anita Dusevic Oliva, Vice President, Legal at Inter Pipeline, where she manages the legal, and regulatory, land and stakeholder relations functions. She is also responsible for a new business group that supports bottom-up innovation. Inter Pipeline is a major petroleum transportation, storage and natural gas liquids processing energy infrastructure company based in Calgary,…

The science behind building great teams

2 minute readAs our work continues to become increasingly complex, the need for teams has grown exponentially in the workplace. A study of 19.9 million scientific papers over the past five decades has found that not only do teams have a greater work output than individuals, but that the size of an average team is…

Is the pressure to perform crippling your team?

2 minute readDo you feel like you are constantly under pressure to produce high-quality work? While some people seek out and thrive under high pressure situations, others fall into a panic and feel lost, not knowing where to start.  What determines whether a person can handle the pressure or not? A new study suggests that it…

Why you should frame culture like a management process

2 minute readCulture is a key piece of the human experience, particularly in the workplace. The ways in which we work are constantly subject to social changes, so establishing a positive workplace culture is becoming more important than ever (see “Is your work culture cult-ish?” for our previous coverage on the topic).  In order to build…

The Importance of Small Talk and Social Connection

Do you spend most of the day working at your desk and then head home without running into your colleagues? As it turns out, taking the time out of your day to say hello, or joining in for a brief coffee walk with others can have profound positive impacts.

The Pros And Cons of Self-Doubt

Do you ever feel like your successes have been largely due to luck or other factors? This social phenomenon is known as imposter syndrome, occurring when “high achieving individuals…feel like intellectual frauds”, believing that they do not deserve success or doubting their own abilities. As discussed in this previous issue of Sagacious, women are more likely than men to experience imposter syndrome in both professional and academic settings.

How Bianca Andreescu Won The Grand Slam With Mindfulness

Last Saturday, Bianca Andreescu made Canadian history, becoming the first ever Canadian tennis player to win the Grand Slam singles title. It has been an incredible year for Canada in terms of sports, with the Toronto Raptors’ winning their first Eastern Conference title, and later Canada’s first NBA championship. At 19 years-old, Andreescu is the first teenager since 2006 to win the Grand Slam title, utilizing her mental fortitude and powerful forehand return to defeat Serena Williams in her third tournament win of the season.