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Nov 7, 2014

Jian Ghomeshi Is a Workplace Reminder that Character Should Trump Talent

Instead of focusing on the CBC's core business as a public broadcaster, the organization's senior management is currently spending considerable time and energy dealing with the scandal-plagued departure of Jian Ghomeshi from the hit radio show Q with Jian Ghomeshi.
Sep 26, 2014

The NFL Should Value Character as Much as Talent

By now, most sports fans have heard that National Football League running back Ray Rice has been released by the Baltimore Ravens and been indefinitely suspended by the NFL.
Jul 22, 2014

What the Military Can Teach Business Leaders

One morning last summer, an exhausted crew of students from Western University's Ivey Business School forgot to put out a tray of bacon while serving breakfast to instructors giving them a course on leadership. No big deal, right? That's what they thought -- but not for long.
Jul 8, 2014

Leaders Should Learn to Engage the Moment Like Genie Bouchard

Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard didn't win her final match at Wimbledon, but she still served up lessons worth noting by everyone, especially leaders.
Jun 19, 2014

You Think Your Job Is Rough? Meet Iceland's Top Banker

The next time you feel overwhelmed at the office, try Googling the name Steinthór Pálsson for a bit of perspective therapy. Few business leaders will ever confront the challenges Pálsson faced as the new CEO of Landsbankinn in mid-2010.
Jun 18, 2014

Leadership in the Fire-Fighter Service

Al Braatz is the Captain of Station 9 in the London Fire Department. He has 25 years of experience in the Service. Al shared some ideas on leadership that are important for every leader to consider.
May 8, 2014

An Afternoon with The Right Honourable Paul Martin

When Gerard and I were discussing the upcoming talk with the Right Honourable Paul Martin, he told me he had already interviewed former premier of Ontario Mike Harris, and sought to balance this through interviewing a respected leader from another area of the Canadian political spectrum: Mr. Martin.
Apr 17, 2014

Nice Guys Can Win (If They Are Good)

The idea that you have to be a jerk to win was popularized in 1946, when legendary major league baseball manager Leo Durocher insisted the New York Giants were destined to lose against his Dodgers because they were too nice to have that "killer" instinct.
Apr 14, 2014

The Turnaround at Landsbankinn: The Remarkable Crisis Leadership of Steinthor Palsson and His Team

On October 6, 2008, TV screens across Iceland went black, with the words “God Bless Iceland” appearing in white on the screen, like a funeral announcement.
Mar 31, 2014

Leader Character is Foundational to Success

A team of researchers from the Ivey Business School – Mary Crossan, Gerard Seijts, Jeffrey Gandz, Alyson Byrne, and Mark Reno – are involved in an extensive research program on leader character.