There is no playbook: Leading through COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic develops, we are entering truly uncharted waters, with no foreseeable plans to dock. Everyone’s lives and routines have been disrupted, with businesses scrambling to move employees to work remotely, and others having to lay off loyal employees, or worse, close their doors.

Why leadership development programs need a re-think

Let’s be clear – the development of leaders and change in organizations is not easy work. Development is often non-linear, doesn’t always produce clearly visible results, and often unfolds over a substantial period of time (as opposed to in single moments).

Why we should practice being vulnerable

Vulnerability, the “quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally,” has inherently negative connotations, both at the biological and emotional level.

Exploring The Red Flags of Cult-Like Cultures

Have you ever talked to a friend who raved about their company’s culture? You know the one… the friend who glorifies their company’s relentless, health-focused culture, with a bike-to-work program and the fridge that is continuously stacked with all sorts of chia-seed everything. How about the opposite?

From the Archives: Corporate Sleep Walking

The following remarks were presented by Mac Van Wielingen at the ICD Fellowship Awards Gala on June 2, 2016. Exploring how perceptual and congnitive biases impact our decision making and interactions, the ideas presented in this speech remain extremely relevant and continue to influence the ongoing work of Viewpoint Research.

Fraser Institute’s Annual Founders’ Award Dinner

On Thursday, October 12th, the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Calgary is hosting the Fraser Institute’s annual Founders’ Award tribute dinner. This award is the institute’s highest honour, and is presented to Canadian leaders in recognition of their exceptional entrepreneurial and philanthropic achievements.

How Philanthropy is Shaping the World

Philanthropy and giving back to the community is a large and central part of who we are. We clearly see the value and importance of being able to contribute and make a difference to society, yet accusations against philanthropic institutions of political lobbying, and lacking accountability have been coming out of the US.