How compassion makes businesses money

Companies organized around values such as love, generosity and endearment have significantly greater stock market returns

How compassion makes businesses moneyMichael was my mentor when it comes to compassion. His heart always went out to anyone who was in a tough spot. As a roommate of Michael’s, I saw him reach out to people in the community who were down on their luck and in pain. He would help to mend hearts even after his…

Anti-Alberta bigotry clothed in environmental clichés and platitudes

Anti-Alberta bigotry clothed in environmental clichés and platitudesDave Yager has spent nearly half a century in Alberta’s oil and natural gas industry and 40 years in journalism, notably with the oilfield trade magazine, The Roughneck. His first book, From Miracle to Menace: Alberta, A Carbon Story, combines his extensive experience in a well-written and fact-centred analysis of the economics, politics and history…

A summer business read that could change your life

How much more could you achieve in business and life if you just focused on doing fewer things?

A summer business read that could change your lifeI love to read. Ever since I was a young boy, learning to read in the arms of my parents, I have enjoyed the written word. I’m amazed at how the crafted phrase can capture my imagination and open my mind to worlds and ideas I’ve never explored or considered. I read for pleasure, entertainment…

Great leaders share similar traits

While theories abound about what makes great leaders, they do share common traits

Great leaders share similar traitsThousands of books have been published about leadership because millions of people have fantasies of being top dog. Former presidents, prominent military leaders, CEOs, academics and consultants of every stripe have written books about what it takes to be an exceptional leader. It's worth finding out. While theories abound about what makes a great leader,…

The importance of etiquette in the workplace

Practical solutions for achieving a more harmonious workplace

The importance of etiquette in the workplaceCommon Sense is NOT Common Practice, a nifty, little book by Rhonda Scharf, draws from her work in corporate Canada and the U.S. While it probably won't make the best seller list of "business books," it is an indispensable book leaders should read because it's about business on the day-to-day level in the office. Divided…

Is your business slowly dying?

When faced with pressure on their business model, most leaders simply focus on reducing expenses. That's not nearly enough

Is your business slowly dying?My dog died last week – but the truth was that she had been dying for several months. Last winter, she had a couple seizures in my driveway and I considered having her put down. But after a couple weeks she revived and had a great spring and summer. In the last month, she definitely…

5 strategies to increase your leadership presence

Leadership depends entirely on how other people in the workplace evaluate you

5 strategies to increase your leadership presenceLeadership presence, that illusive but “we know it when we see it” quality, is a blending of personal and interpersonal skills which, when combined, send all the right signals. It’s how you show up, how you make others feel, and how effectively you communicate both verbally and non-verbally. It's the "wow" factor that sets you…

Building resilience into your personality and your business

When we learn how to deal with the cycle of hope, despair and forgiveness, we're well on our way to success

Building resilience into your personality and your businessA wag once said that the only one who really likes change is a wet baby, yet we face continuous, dramatic and ever-accelerating change in both our personal lives and work lives. What we learned at our grandparents’ knees half a century ago doesn’t fit the 21st century world. When our grandchildren sit on our…

Why companies can’t be honest with their employees

HR pundits justify avoiding the truth, arguing that organizations are softening the blow and taking the sting out of terminations

Why companies can’t be honest with their employeesYou're summoned to your boss's office and told that you've been "selected out." Strange words. What do they mean? "Selected" sounds positive. But "out"? That's clearly a negative and confusing word. Together, both words are perplexing. An optimist may interpret it as sort of a promotion. A sceptic is worried. The term "selected out" is…

Learning from the resolve of zero-gravity spiders

Rejected in love? Lost a job? Experienced a serious medical condition? Gone through a financial crisis? Spiders In Space offers comfort

Learning from the resolve of zero-gravity spidersSpiders In Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change By Todd Hirsch and Rob Roach P&P Publishing C$20 For those of you who had any doubt, this book confirms that misery really does love company. It tells the story of 15 very different people from a variety of backgrounds across Canada who have but one thing…