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Benefit from the knowledge of Rotman's team of experts with this collection of insightful and thought-provoking articles.

Leadership skills by Rose Patten and Jim Fisher

What does leading mean in a diverse, globalized workforce that must be engaged with a broad, corporate vision, yet in a way that fits with employees' local cultures, values and expectations?

Realizing the promise of the data-driven organization by Bernardo Blum, Avi Goldfarb, and Mara Lederman 

Businesses are now able to collect and analyze data at a much larger scale than previously possible. So, why is data everywhere but in the perceived results of using data? Why have many businesses been unable to leverage the asset that their data represents?

Welcome to the new normal. What does it mean for leaders? by Rose Patten and Hugh Arnold

The "new normal" in business is disruption and change, and it comes with a call to action for companies – and leaders – to adapt and reinvent themselves.

What you're missing by carving out strategy from the top by Jennifer Riel and Stefanie Schram

Strategic thinking is a core leadership capability. All too often, we leave its development to chance, and fail to take advantage of opportunities to learn from leaders about how they think through strategic choices. 

Want to be CFO one day? You need to take control of your career by Hugh Arnold and Ross Woledge

Sometime in the last decade the role of the CFO morphed from number cruncher to powerbroker. Gone are the days of the lonely accountant, kept isolated from the rest of the company. Today, the world's most successful CFOs are innovators who command a room and are sounding boards for the CEO. For aspiring CFOs this raises the question: Am I on track to become this valuable strategic partner?

Getting things done: How we view time changes when we start working on things by Dilip Soman

One of the most popular courses at the Rotman School is an MBA elective called "Getting It Done." This course is not a course about any business discipline. It is simply a course that teaches students how to get things done. Why is it so popular?  In the words of its instructor, "Because life is a series of getting things done."

We need to invest in our community health leaders by Brian Golden

Good community-based care can prevent the need to go to hospital and can help patients leave sooner. Community-based healthcare is not only attractive to patients and system administrators; increasingly, it's the way of the future.

What boardrooms can learn from the success of family firms by David Beatty

A combination of regulation, pressure from stakeholders and plain common sense has led to dramatic evolution in Canadian boardrooms. Shareholder democracy has evolved dramatically with the introduction of majority voting, "say on pay" and now the emergence of proxy access.

Leadership renewal: How to transform your way of thinking by Scott Rutherford

Organizations typically respond to performance challenges by bringing in new and different leaders. But more effective and less disruptive transformation happens when there is a change in the way of thinking and being among the leaders who are already there. 

Bet on people before strategy by Tiff Macklem

In an increasingly global and digital economy, finding and developing the best talent has become a determining factor in a company's survival and success.

The Thoughtful Leader: Introducing a Model of Integrated Leadership by Jim Fisher

Thoughtful leaders get results through people by making clear what needs to be done, why it should be done and how each person can contribute.

In the digital age, leaders need to think like journalists by Robert Steiner

In the post-spin age, public leaders who think like journalists come out ahead. Not least because serious news organizations are inviting thoughtful leaders to help shape the debates they curate, even as old-style press releases gather digital dust in their e-mail queues.

Emotionally Resilient Leadership by Dr. Rumeet Billian

It’s not enough to simply acquire the technical skills to do our work effectively but also important to possess what used to be referred to as the “soft skills,” but are now described as essential skills.

How to Lead Millennials by Lauren Friese and Dr. Rumeet Billan

For leaders, there is an opportunity to tap into the unique characteristics of Millennials and leverage the attributes of this generation.

The Prospecting Negotiator by Geoffrey Leonardelli

No doubt, negotiating effectively is hard work, and in spite of our best efforts, does not guarantee a deal. That noted, prospecting negotiators, the ones that focus on opportunity, are more likely to find better deals for themselves and, if the circumstances allow, better deals for their counterparts too.

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