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Interviews & Ideas

Leading thinkers from academia, business, consulting, and design give us their input on a key aspect of each issue's theme.


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Reva Seth | on outdated paradigms of motherhood

The author of The MomShift says it’s time to question outdated paradigms of motherhood.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