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…

Why businesses need to embrace a long-term view

Adam Legge of the Haskayne School of Business works to provide firms with the tools to handle disruption while looking to the future

Why businesses need to embrace a long-term viewAdam Legge is director of Global Business Futures Initiative|Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership at  the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. Calgary’s Business: What is the Global Business Futures Initiative|Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership? Its purpose and mission? Legge: The purpose of the Global Business Futures Initiative is to enable firms to focus…

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…

Social media strategies to grow your business

Shred employee turnover, improve ROI, and increase the lifetime value of your customers

Social media strategies to grow your businessIn the time it takes you to read this sentence, some 50,000 Tweets will have been sent. How many of those messages might mention your company name with an industry hashtag — good or bad? LinkedIn Powerhouse Strategist Olivier Taupin and I were contributing authors to a book for CEOs who face a growing firestorm…

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…