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Idea Exchange

Input on a key aspect of each issue's theme from leading thinkers from academia, business, consulting, and design.

Sarah Kaplan | on two paths to creativity

Rotman Professor Sarah Kaplan discusses creativity and enlightened brainstorming.

Marco Annunziata

Marco Annunziata | on global innovation

The Chief Economist of General Electric discusses the challenge and solution of disruptive innovation.

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Erin Meyer | on Communicating Across Cultures

An expert in cross-cultural management describes the importance of subtle behavioural cues.

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Anita McGahan with Costas Markides | on the Power of Small Changes

Rotman Professor Anita McGahan and London Business School Professor Costas Markides discuss how small changes can help solve some of our biggest global problems.

Michael Porter

Michael Porter | on Creating Shared Value

The founder of the modern strategy field describes how healthy businesses are intrinsically linked to healthy communities.

Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal | on the upside of stress

A Stanford psychologist describes the ‘upside’ of stress.

David Burstein

David Burstein | on empowering Millennials

The Millennial political-movement founder and author describes his generation’s approach to life and work.

Fred Kiel

Fred Kiel | on 'return on character'

An executive coaching pioneer defines ‘leadership character’, and explains how it affects the bottom line.

Clive Thompson

Clive Thompson | on the value of ‘public thinking’

The Wired columnist and best-selling author describes the value of Internet-enabled ‘public thinking’.

Jonathan Wai

Jonathan Wai | on finding the next Einstein

A psychologist and human capital expert describes what it takes to become a member of the global elite.

Mark Goulston

Mark Goulston | on learning to listen

A renowned psychiatrist and difficult conversations expert describes the power of making someone 'feel felt'.

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Dan Trefler | on globalization's failures

"Only an ideologue could ignore the hard fact that globalization is not working — or not working as well as it could." - Rotman Professor Dan Trefler

Reva Seth

Reva Seth | on outdated paradigms of motherhood

The author of The MomShift says it’s time to question outdated paradigms of motherhood.

Wendy Dobson

Wendy Dobson | on China’s balancing act

A leading international economist describes the imbalances in the Chinese economy and what its rise means for the rest of the world.

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Liz Wiseman | on how to ‘multiply’ talent

Leadership expert Liz Wiseman explains the differences between ‘Multipliers’ and ‘Diminishers’, and how to amplify the intelligence of the people around you.

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Milos Vranesevic | on MasterCard’s Priceless campaign

An insider’s take on an iconic advertising campaign? Priceless.

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Herminia Ibarra | on psychological issues at mid-career

Herminia Ibarra, one of the Thinkers-50 most influential business thinkers in the world, discusses how mid-life is the time to become and express oneself more uniquely and fully.

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Stéphane Côté | on understanding your emotions

Stéphane Côté, Professor of Organizational Behaviour and HR Management at Rotman, discusses how emotional intelligence ('EI') affects decision making.

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Chrystia Freeland | on the rise of Plutocrats

The award-winning journalist talks about the infamous ‘one per cent’ and the winner-takes-all environment of global business.

Bruce Nussbaum

Bruce Nussbaum | on Creative Intelligence

The innovation expert, author, and educator, describes ‘Creative Intelligence’ and the urgent need for creative competencies.

Dilip Soman

Will Mitchell | should you build, borrow, or buy?

Will Mitchell talks about his book "Should You Build, Borrow, or Buy" (HBR Press, 2012), co-written with Laurence Capron, and explains how asking these three strategic questions will prime your organization for optimal growth.

Lynda Gratton

Lynda Gratton | on the future of work

The London Business School professor and top 50 management thinker describes the possible ups and downs of the future of work.

Chen-Bo Zhong

Chen-Bo Zhong | on the downsides of deliberation

Rotman Professor Chen-Bo Zhong discusses ethical decision-making and the dangers of over-emphasizing reason and deliberation.

Seth Godin

Seth Godin | on becoming a linchpin

The best-selling author and ‘ultimate entrepreneur for the Information Age’ describes the importance of making yourself indispensable.

Aparna Labroo

Aparna Labroo | on improving self-control

"When you face a dilemma, you can firm your muscles and it will help to strengthen your resolve." Kellogg Professor Aparna Labroo discusses the role of the body in self-regulation.

Genevieve Bell

Genevieve Bell | on how technology is(n't) changing us

The woman who has been called Intel’s ‘secret weapon’ provides an anthropologist’s take on the increasing role of technology in our lives.

Nicholas Carr

Nicholas Carr | on the downside of Web 2.0

The Pulitzer-Prize nominee discusses the inherent ‘shallowness’ of Web 2.0 technologies and the troubling consequences for our brains.

Aparna Labroo

David Soberman & Francesco Bova | on 'grey markets'

As the world's borders dissolve products are moving around more than ever, leading to thriving ‘grey markets’.

Aparna Labroo

Beth Comstock | on imagination at work

GE’s chief marketing officer discusses the importance of imagination to her company’s future.

Dilip Soman

Jennifer Berdahl | on subtle mistreatment in the workplace

Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Jennifer Berdahl, explains how indirect forms of mistreatment are actually more harmful to the victim than overt forms of aggression.

Aparna Labroo

Katherine Crowley | on getting 'hooked' by people

The psychotherapist and author discusses what it means to get ‘hooked’ and how to get un-hooked.

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Rob Goffee | on leading 'clever people'

The best-selling author and London Business School professor describes how to lead clever people.

Dilip Soman

Dilip Soman | on the merits of earmarking funds

With low rates of personal savings becoming endemic, ‘earmarking’ your funds can be a helpful money-management strategy.

Aparna Labroo

Sarah Kaplan | on cognitive frames

The Rotman professor discusses the origin of our cognitive frames, and what to do when they conflict with others’.