Smart Bosses

If you have ever questioned the toughness of your boss or wondered how mean-spirited you have to be to run a large corporation, I would like to recount an experience that that proved that you can be smart without being a bully. Gianni Agnelli, owner of the Fiat...

The Fight Against Nasty CEOs

On April 28, Ian McGugan, as staff writer for the Globe and Mail, published an article on nasty CEOs.  He cited Hunter Harrison from CP Rail, 3G, the owners of Tim Hortons and Kraft Heinz, and Bill Ackman of Valeant Pharmaceuticals.  “For managers like these, nothing...

Getting Back On Track By Changing Habits

I’ve been seeing a lot of the new Via Rail campaign of late, “Why don’t you take the train?” In it, actors depict people following habits that either appear rude or out of line with what would be expected behaviour. Their friends ask them why they do it.  The response...
Leading when failure is not an option

Leading when failure is not an option

I have been thinking (and writing) a lot about leadership lately: Abdication of leadership: the siren call of embarking on massive projects or transformational endeavours (like Agile) without having done the hard thinking to define strategic goals and laying out the...

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