Office Party Memo: Eat, Drink and be Wary

Office Party Memo: Eat, Drink and be Wary

‘Tis most definitely the season to reconsider the traditional alcohol-driven, stumble-down, slap-on-the-back (or slap-somewhere-else) staff party. Christmas is obviously a time for high spirits. But given recent harassment headlines and heightened sensitivity about...
Character Counts

Character Counts

I recently listened to an interview with Louise Penny, author of the wonderful Inspector Gamache novels. Among other topics, she covered the role her enduring characters play in her books.  As I mulled over our fascination with individual characters in works of...

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...

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