Why leadership development programs need a re-think

4 minute readLet’s be clear – the development of leaders and change in organizations is not easy work. Development is often non-linear, doesn’t always produce clearly visible results, and often unfolds over a substantial period of time (as opposed to in single moments). Author and leadership coach Marshall Goldsmith identifies a key challenge (or barrier),…

How can we support well-being in the workplace?

A recent 2019 survey of nonprofit workers on the front-lines of Alberta’s homeless has revealed that 25 percent displayed symptoms of PTSD “at sufficiently elevated levels to suggest they should step back from their present responsibilities.” The results are disheartening but come as no surprise to anyone observing the province’s economic hardships in recent years. Throughout the…

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…

How to survive in the longest bull market as a bear

3 minute readThere is an old saying that “bulls don’t die of old age, they get murdered by central banks.” This makes a lot of sense, given that central banks control short-term borrowing rates and use that policy tool as a way to influence the economic cycle in an orderly fashion. The Federal Reserve (arguably…

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…