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…

Why Meaningful Work Matters, Especially for Middle Management

3 minute readHow do we stay motivated to go to work every single day? Some may think that the answer is wage; however, while money might prevent dissatisfaction, it does not create satisfaction or engagement in work.Behavioral economist Dan Ariely explores the power of meaning by discussing two key experiments, and findings suggest that people thrive…

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…

How to improve the human experience at work

What do you think is an organization’s most valuable asset? Various products and processes may jump to the forefront of your mind, but research supports employees are the most valuable. While products and processes can be replicated and optimized, it is ultimately the people who make up an organization that create the most value.

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…

Lessons from the NFL on Talent Selection

Have you taken an assessment like a personality test, or participated in a leadership role-play? Chances are your organization probably uses some type of assessment when hiring new employees. As talent becomes paramount to the success of organizations, selecting the right hires is becoming increasingly important.

What Surprising Factor is Behind Canada’s Economic Growth?

Family enterprises play a crucial role in the Canadian economy. A recently published report suggests that family enterprises are the most powerful driver of economic growth in Canada, generating $574.6 billion – which is almost half of Canada’s private sector GDP – and almost seven million jobs in 2017. This “first-of-its-kind” study in Canada was a collaboration between the Conference Board of Canada and Family Enterprise Xchange. This research helps us to better understand “[t]he economic impact of family owned enterprises in Canada.”