Can your leadership take your business from good to great?

When leaders work through pain points and create an inspiring vision for the future, companies can thrive again

Can your leadership take your business from good to great?The ice on my neighbourhood skating rink is good but it’s not great, and that’s totally my fault. There have been years where the ice has been fantastic and people from all over the city came to skate on the rink. It even got nominated for best outside rink in the city one year. But…

Why Canadians should embrace the yellow jacket movement

Some Canadians and French believe that their ‘leaders’ are mere followers of a supra-national agenda, not champions for their electorate

Why Canadians should embrace the yellow jacket movement“Canadians do not need to be liberated,” said Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson half a century ago, after French President Charles De Gaulle lit the fuse for Quebec independence with his famous “Vive la Quebec libre!” speech. But neither of their current counterparts are standing for national freedom, let alone calling for it. President…

The 10 questions change leaders must answer first

Change managers need to ask difficult questions of themselves before they set out to "shake things up"

The 10 questions change leaders must answer firstA few years ago I read a news story about an executive who had been hired to turn around the fortunes of a business that was on the rocks. The product was bad. Morale was awful. Management appeared to be confused about what to do. And customers were staying away in droves. Clearly, this fellow…

How willing are you to stretch your comfort zone?

Fear has the power to hijack our thoughts and behaviours, even when a new path makes sense or is harmless

How willing are you to stretch your comfort zone?I’m often fascinated by how rigidly some folks cling to the familiar, especially when it comes to being asked to do something novel. Not something dangerous – just unfamiliar. In my former career, this came up a lot, with leaders standing up in meetings and asking for “out of the box thinkers.” Then they would point…

Lisa ‘Longball’ Vlooswyk encourages people to go the distance

The long drive golf champion and motivational speaker encourages people to recognize their passions and pursue them

Lisa ‘Longball’ Vlooswyk encourages people to go the distanceLisa “Longball” Vlooswyk is  an eight-time Canadian long drive champion, keynote speaker, golf/travel journalist and golf entertainer. Tell me about Lisa Longball. How, why and when did you start this venture and what you do? Vlooswyk: Well I wear many hats as Lisa Longball. I compete at a world-class level in the sport of long…

How retail can regain its personal relationship with shoppers

Traditional retailers must learn to be obsessed with their customers, says executive Carrie Kirkman

How retail can regain its personal relationship with shoppersCarrie Kirkman is a senior retail executive, and formerly past president and chief merchant of Sears Canada. What are the key things you learned from the Sears experience? Kirkman: Too many to count. Most importantly is how critical it is for an organization’s leadership to be looking and planning far, far ahead to ensure that…

Karen Barry isn’t shy about applying herself to new ventures

The president of Barry Commercial Real Estate has plenty of interests, including a new cannabis venture

Karen Barry isn’t shy about applying herself to new venturesKaren Barry is president of Barry Commercial Real Estate. What’s your sense of how the Calgary commercial real estate market is faring these days? Barry: After 28 years in the business of commercial real estate investment sales, I can say that there are a number of significant factors affecting the various markets these days. As an…

Gazing into the crystal ball to prepare your business for the future

Businesses must always look to trends and trouble spots on the horizon. Here are some things to watch for in 2019 and beyond

Gazing into the crystal ball to prepare your business for the futureThis is the time of year when many business owners turn their thoughts to the future. We wonder if our sales will hold in the coming year and whether our expenses are going to rise. We try to predict whether we have the right team, right strategies and the ability to face the future. Larger…

What businesses can learn from an election loss

Running a campaign is similar to running a business. We’re in business to win. Here's how I lost and what you can learn from that

What businesses can learn from an election lossI write this article eating my humble pie and managing my political hangover. I just lost a local city council election, coming ninth in a bid for one of the eight council seats. I was told by several politicians going into the municipal race that I might lose the first time. However, I thought differently because…

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…
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