7 tips to effective body language on stage

Leaders can sabotage a great presentation if they underestimate the power of body language

7 tips to effective body language on stageOnce upon a time a group of rising-star executives gathered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to take part in a special competitive event. Each was to present a business plan to be evaluated by the entire group. The best ideas would then be recommended to a team of venture capitalists for final evaluation.…

Three things business leaders could learn from Donald Trump

Take some time off for pleasure, don't hesitate when you need to fire someone and above all, play to win

Three things business leaders could learn from Donald TrumpFew politicians in recent history have polarized people the way Donald Trump has. Chances are you either love him or hate him. But whatever you think of him, there’s probably something you could learn from the American president. So what’s Trump doing that most business leaders could learn from? Let’s start with the obvious and…

How to protect your company against fraud

Former RCMP investigator Greg Draper, now with MNP LLP, talks about who is most likely to commit fraud and what they target

How to protect your company against fraudGreg Draper is a former RCMP investigator and current vice-president of Valuations, Forensics and Litigation Support at MNP LLP. Who poses the greatest threat – and why – for fraud? Draper: The simple answer is: the person we least expect. You’d never hire someone if we thought they’d defraud the organization. Most of us go…

Canada falling behind on corporate accountability

Trudeau government’s global reputation at risk over how Canadian companies do business abroad

Canada falling behind on corporate accountabilityEarlier this year, Canadians were given a behind-the-scenes view on attempts by the federal government to ensure that SNC-Lavalin would escape potential criminal liability under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act. What may be less clear is that the government’s stance in this case is reflective of its broader approach to corporate accountability. The…

Tips to finding a good (business) story to tell

Stories are a compact way to communicate vividly, practically and persuasively

Tips to finding a good (business) story to tellStories are a compact way to communicate vividly, practically and persuasively. You can quickly capture people's attention, illustrate abstract principles in action, and appeal to emotions. However, telling stories well is often easier than finding good stories. Almost all of the books, articles, websites, and storytelling conventions on storytelling are about how to craft and…

Doing little things right in business leads to something bigger

Sometimes leaders get so caught up in the struggles of their enterprises that they don’t realize the impact they’re having

Doing little things right in business leads to something biggerWe were going 64 km/h in a 50 zone on our way to bury Larry when we got pulled over. When the police officer asked the reason why we were going so fast, we told him we were on our way to Larry’s funeral. As he marched back to his car with my wife’s licence…

Why measuring is important for businesses of all kinds

Measuring shows our progress, provides targets for employees, gives us something to celebrate and helps us form strategies

Why measuring is important for businesses of all kindsI’m getting slower, there’s no doubt about it. I have been keeping track of my cycling times for the same routes for over five years and each year my times are slower. Since I turned 50, five seasons ago, my climbing is slower by a minute or two for the same hills, and my times…

Four things business owners owe their employees

A safe environment, fair pay, leadership and consideration for employees’ futures should always be at the forefront

Four things business owners owe their employeesI recently heard of a leader within an organization who was treating his assistant much like a slave. Not only was the leader verbally demeaning to the assistant, he would often bring his dog to work and expect his assistant clean up the mess his dog left in the building. Working in a non-unionized environment,…

Taking the guesswork out of exercise

Hifa Maleki of Orangetheory Fitness talks about why gyms make sense for many people

Taking the guesswork out of exerciseHifa Maleki is vice-president of franchise development and operations at OTF (Orangetheory Fitness) Canada Inc. What is Orangetheory Fitness and what makes it different from other fitness centres in Canada? Maleki: Orangetheory Fitness is a group workout broken into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. Backed by the science of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption or…

Non-profit and charity executive directors too often isolated

What does a properly functioning board of directors look like and how can its members pull their weight?

Non-profit and charity executive directors too often isolatedIf you’ve ever sat on the board of a non-profit or charity, sports organization or even a company, you’ve probably noticed that most meetings are boring. Usually one person, the president, runs the meeting using Robert’s Rules of Order. After minimal discussion, the board votes on agenda items, provided a quorum has shown up. Without…
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