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Interviews & Ideas

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


Networking: What Leaders Need to Know

An interview with Rotman Professor Tiziana Casciaro on the importance of setting up pathways to facilitate network access.


How to Become a More Strategic Leader

A Facebook executive shares her definition of strategic leadership.


The Psychology of Influence

Having influence demands that you put yourself in other people's shoes.


How to Deal With 'CAVE People' — Citizens Against Virtually Everything

An expert on diversity and inclusion explains how to deal with 'CAVE people'.


Why it Pays to Break the Rules

The more frequently people experience novelty in their work, the more they will feel satisfied with and energized by their job.


Harnessing the Power of Disruption

Pursuing new business opportunities does not have to come at the expense of your legacy business.


How To Unleash Innovation

A marketing expert and author describes the approach to innovation that many large corporations are embracing.


The Big Lies of Strategy

You don’t need a 100-page strategic plan. Strategy is actually about making five specific choices.


How Top Performers Achieve More

A UC Berkeley Professor and author describes the route to greatness at work.


The Power of 'Onlyness': Questions for Nilofer Merchant

A former Apple executive and Thinkers50 'Future Thinker' describes the power of 'onlyness' in a world desperate for creative solutions.


Robo Advising 101

Rotman School Professor Eric Kirzner on the pros and cons of Robo Advisors


Structured Anticipation: How to Anticipate Strategic Threats to Survival

Faculty Focus: Sarah Kaplan + Joshua Gans, Profs. of Strategic Management, Rotman School of Management


A Third Way to Innovation

A Wharton School innovation expert describes a Third Way to innovation that opens new doors to growth.


The Politics of Inequality

Faculty Focus: Daniel Trefler, Economist, Rotman School of Management


Removing Workplace Biases with Behavioural Design

Q&A with Iris Bohnet, Harvard Kennedy School Professor


Bing Han | on our fear of the unknown

Rotman Professor Bing Han discusses our fear of the unknown in capital markets.


Eric Almquist | A twist on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

The head of Bain's Advanced Analytics practice describes 30 elements of value.


Claire Celerier | on finance salaries and inequality

Rotman Professor Claire Celerier discusses finance salaries and inequality.


Jesse Sostrin | on your ‘margin of power’

A leadership expert and author talks about closing the gap between managerial capacity and increasing demands.


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.


Daniel Debow | on his entrepreneurial journey

A serial entrepreneur in-the-making describes his passion for pushing the envelope and the opportunities that excite him most.


Nina Mažar | on harnessing 'choice architecture'

Rotman Professor Nina Mažar explains how the careful design of choice architecture can help people act on their good intentions.


Dan Breznitz | on innovation and inequality

A University of Toronto innovation expert gives his views on innovation and inequality in the midst of the world's third globalization.


Erin Meyer | on Communicating Across Cultures

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


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 | on Creating Shared Value

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


David Burstein | on empowering Millennials

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


Fred Kiel | on 'return on character'

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


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 | 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 | on learning to listen

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


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.

Chrystia Freeland

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.

Chrystia Freeland

Milos Vranesevic | on MasterCard’s Priceless campaign

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

Chrystia Freeland

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.

Chrystia Freeland

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.

Chrystia Freeland

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.

Jennifer Berdahl

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.

Katherine Crowley

Katherine Crowley | on getting 'hooked' by people

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

Rob Goffee

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.

Sarah Kaplan

Sarah Kaplan | on cognitive frames

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

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